Field Trips

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To book in-person field trips please use the booking link provided above. You will be provided a calendar which displays available dates for you to choose from. Booking virtual field trips requires more detailed planning. Please email us so that we can best meet scheduling needs for you and your students. See you soon!

 

Our standard field trips take place on-site at beautiful park locations in Canyon County. If you are unable to attend in-person, more information about virtual field trip alternatives can be found in the tab below.

In-person programs at Celebration Park or Lake Lowell Park last 4 hours, from 10 AM-2 PM, though modifications can be accommodated within this timeframe.


Booking Field Trips:

You may use the “Ready to Book?” drop-down menu found at the top-left of this site to book field trips up to three years in advance.

Trouble With Booking?

Email us at parksprograms@canyoncounty.id.gov with booking issues. If possible, screenshots or a “Snipping Tool” picture of the issues assists us in working with IT to track and resolve issues quickly.

 

photos from Celebration Park archaeology field trip

Photo from archaeology field trip at Celebration Park Photo from archaeology field trip at Celebration Park Photo from archaeology field trip at Celebration Park Photo from archaeology field trip at Celebration Park Photo from archaeology field trip at Celebration Park Photo from archaeology field trip at Celebration Park

Our flagship field trip program, Stories in Stone is a place-based archaeological experience designed for 4th grade students who are studying Idaho History.  Students engage with the rich cultural and natural history of southwest Idaho via guided tours and interpretive programs that allow students to immerse themselves in the landscape of Idaho’s first archaeological park—Celebration Park.

  • Travel back in time with a hike through the Bonneville Flood melon gravel to explore the park’s unique petroglyph collection.
  • Learn about traditional Native American cultures during a Lifeways presentation in the Canyon Crossroads Museum
  • Get a glimpse into the boom-and-bust of local mining towns and railroads during a scenic walk across the historic Guffey Railroad Bridge, built in 1897.
  • Become a mammoth hunter on the atlatl range. Are you a hunter or a gatherer?

Stories in Stone Flyer

Directions to Celebration Park

Offered:  Every weekday, March through June, and August through October

Timeframe:  10am to 2pm

Capacity:  120 students

Recommended Grades: 4th and up

Student Workbooks Available: Yes

Teacher Resources:

Stories in Stone Teacher Information

Lifeways Lesson Plan

Guffey Bridge Lesson Plan

Petroglyphs Lesson Plan

Photo from Wildland Fire field trip at Celebration Park

Students in grades 5+ use the indoor and outdoor classrooms of Celebration Park as a lens for learning about wildfire and its relevance for their communities in southern Idaho.

  • Fire Science, a hands-on laboratory in the Crossroads Museum, introduces students to the physics and chemistry of fire.
  • Students explore the plants and animals of the sagebrush-steppe landscape and learn how they are adapted to wildfire in an ecology hike.
  • On the atlatl range, students hone their dart-throwing skills and learn about how prehistoric cultures used fire.
  • Finally, students learn about the history of wildland fires and their management our region.

Wildland Fire Flyer

Directions to Celebration Park

Offered:  Every weekday, March through June, and August through October

Timeframe:  Approximately 10am to 2pm

Capacity:  120 students

Recommended Grades: 5th and up

Student Workbooks Available: Yes

      Teacher Resources: Wildland Fire Teacher Information

Aquatic and riparian habitats are the centerpiece of this 2nd and 3rd grade field trip at Lake Lowell Park in Nampa. Students learn about Lake Lowell, hydrology, and the types of fish and macroinvertebrates that live there.

  • An active game of Feeding Frenzy teaches about habitat, and how water quality impacts both fish and an important prey source – aquatic macroinvertebrates.
  • Students learn more about macroinvertebrate identification and water quality parameters during a hands-on scientific investigation activity.
  • Explore the relationships among hunting and fishing and wildlife conservation against the backdrop of the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge at Lake Lowell. Students also practice their archery and atlatl skills to compare two tools that revolutionized the culture of hunting.

Lake Lowell Flyer

Directions to Lake Lowell Park

Offered: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in April and May

Timeframe: Approximately 10 am to 2 pm

Capacity: 100 students

Recommended Grades: 2nd – 3rd

Student Workbooks Available: Yes

Teacher Resources:

Lake Lowell Teacher Information

Feeding Frenzy Lesson Plan 

Macroinvertebrate Investigation Lesson Plan

 

Photo from Lake Lowell field trip

     Photo from Lake Lowell field trip

Photo from Lake Lowell field trip

Summer Stories/Archaeology Adventures is the summer version of our classic archaeology field trip program, geared towards younger students and summer weather.

  • Travel back in time with a hike through the Bonneville Flood melon gravel to explore the park’s unique petroglyph collection
  • Learn about traditional Native American cultures during a Lifeways presentation in the Canyon Crossroads Museum
  • Play a traditional Native American hoop-and-dart game using hand-tossed darts
  • Make and take home your own artistic creations during an investigation of Native American ceramics

Summer Stories in Stone

Directions to Celebration Park

Offered:  Weekdays in June, July and August

Timeframe:  Approximately 10am to 1:30pm

Capacity:  40 students

Recommended Grades: Kindergarten and up

Student Workbooks Available: No

Teacher Resources: Summer Programs Teacher Information

Brought to you by Canyon County Parks and the Bureau of Land Management’s Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, the Winter Desert program is an immersive experience of the Celebration Park landscape in winter.

The field trip is offered on Thursdays and Fridays in November, January and February, to groups that do not exceed 50 students total. The program combines themes of natural and cultural history and is structured so that students are indoors for 2 of our 45-minute programs and are outside during the 2 remaining 45-minute programs.

Indoors:

  • Take a quick hike through celebration park and learn about biotic adaptations in winter.
  • Learn about traditional Native American cultures during a Lifeways presentation in the Canyon Crossroads Museum.

Outdoors:

  • Take a quick hike through celebration park and learn about biotic adaptations in winter.
  • Become a mammoth hunter on our atlatl range. Are you a hunter or a gatherer?
    or
  • Get a glimpse into the boom-and-bust of local mining towns and railroads during a scenic walk across the historic Guffey Railroad Bridge, built in 1897.

Winter Desert Ecology Flyer

Directions to Celebration Park

Offered:  Thursdays and Fridays in November, January and February

Timeframe:  10am to 2pm

Capacity:  50 students

Recommended Grades: 5th and up

Student Workbooks Available: No

Teacher Resources: Winter Desert Program Teacher Info

 


This program, available upon reservation to Boy and Girl Scout groups, partially fulfills the requirements of the Indian Lore Merit Badge. The full program lasts approximately two hours.

  • Learn about traditional Native American cultures during a Lifeways presentation in the Canyon Crossroads Museum.
  • Become a mammoth hunter on our atlatl range. Are you a hunter or a gatherer?

 

Directions to Celebration Park

Offered:  Saturdays, year-round

Timeframe: 10am to noon

Capacity:  40 students

Recommended Grades: 4th and up

Student Workbooks Available: No

Can’t make it to the park this year? We offer virtual versions of our Stories in Stone, Wildland Fire, and Winter Desert Ecology field trips. Virtual field trips last one hour, but please plan to book for a two-hour time block in order to work out any technical issues that may arise.

Virtual field trips are offered between 10 am and 2 pm.

To book a virtual field trip, please email us at parksprograms@canyoncounty.id.gov to start the process.

Virtual – Stories In Stone Flyer

Virtual – Winter Desert Ecology Flyer

Virtual – Wildland Fire Ecology Flyer

 

 

 

Celebration Park Field TripBus scholarships in the amount of $100 are available to help defray the cost of transporting students to and from Canyon County Parks field trip locations. Scholarships are intended for schools that would otherwise be unable to attend. We award scholarships twice per year, around May and November, via a random drawing. To enter your school for a chance to win, simply reserve your field trip for an upcoming school year using our online booking system and make sure to select “Yes” under “Interested in Bus Scholarship Drawing.”  For more information on the bus scholarship program, see below. Bus Scholarship Flyer pdf

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1115 Albany St.
Caldwell, ID 83605

Phone

208-454-6884

 

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