Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources will offer winter field trips for the first time as part of a pilot program with the BLM’s Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. The 2018 Winter Desert Field Trip Program will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays during the months of January and February to groups of 50 students or less.
“We’re really excited to offer a winter field trip program for the first time in the history of Celebration Park,” said Nicki Schwend, Director of Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, but we knew it wasn’t really possible without some sort of indoor venue where the kids could get warmed up. And now that we have the Crossroads Museum up and running, we figured it was the perfect time to expand our educational opportunities at Celebration Park.”
The 2018 Winter Desert Field Trip Program 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 through the park’s petroglyph collection. The afternoon session consists of an indoor program about native birds of prey followed by a winter ecology hike that introduces students to the plants of Celebration Park and how they are adapted to winter in the high desert.
The program is available to students in upper elementary through high school. Reservations can be made by clicking here.