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Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources is pleased to announce its inaugural Winter Desert Ecology field trip program in partnership with the BLM’s Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.  The 2018-2019 Winter Desert Ecology field trip will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays during the months of November, December, January, and February to groups of 50 students or less.

“We did a shorter pilot program last year to see how much interest there would be in a winter field trip program at Celebration Park, and we were blown away with the response,” said Nicki Schwend, Director of Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources.  “So this year we decided to double down and implement a full slate of winter field trips for upper elementary through high school students.”

The 2018-2019 Winter Desert Ecology field trip consists of a cultural history component and a natural history component and is structured so students are indoors for two of the 45-minute programs and outside hiking for the other two 45-minute programs.  During the morning session, students will experience a Native American Lifeways program inside the Canyon Crossroads Museum and a hike that will explore Celebration Park’s petroglyphs and introduce students to the plant ecology and how the plants adapt to winter in the high desert.  The afternoon session will include an indoor program about native birds of prey and outdoor program where students will dissect owl pellets and explore the Atlatl range.

Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources is also offering a special bus scholarship to help celebrate the inaugural Winter Desert Ecology field trip program.  The scholarship will cover up to $300 of the cost of the school’s transportation to the park.  Schools just need to indicate they would like to receive the bus scholarship when booking a field trip.

Reservations can be made online or by contacting Celebration Park’s Program Manager, Juli McCoy, at (208) 455-6022.