Field Trip Requirements
Academic Fee Waiver
Please review the requirements for an academic fee waiver. Most school groups qualify for the waiver. If not obtained 3 weeks in advance, school groups will be charged normal entrance fees upon arrival.
Pre-site lessons are proven to strengthen the connections students make while they are at an educational site. Their field trip to the park should enhance knowledge they already have, not introduce brand-new concepts. The provided lesson plans on our website provide useful pre-site activities.
Students should understand the significance of national parks and model behavior appropriate to a National Park setting such as respecting wildlife, leaving all resources as they are found (i.e. rocks, bones, flowers, etc.), and respecting other visitors.
What to Bring (and What not to Bring)
Dress appropriately for the weather. Sunscreen and hats are recommended. Close-toed shoes are required. Long pants should be worn for hikes and prairie dog town explorations. If students are not dressed appropriately, the ranger may choose to alter or cancel planned activities in order to keep students safe.
Bag lunches should be disposable/recyclable. Be sure students bring enough water to last the day, (and extra water if you plan to hike).
Students should not use electronics during ranger-led activities. This includes cameras, phones, tablets, etc. These items often become distractions and inhibit connections between students and the resource.
Groups should have a minimum of one adult for every ten students. Chaperons are expected to help with student behavior and participate in activities, but should avoid jumping and helping students answer questions. We know this stuff is fun! But try to let the kids do their own thinking and learning.