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Here are our current field trip programs and when they are offered. Book your trip today!

All Canyon County Parks field trip programs are completely free of charge; however, reservations are required.  Due to the popularity of our educational programs, we recommend reserving your field trip at least one year in advance.  When making your reservation, please refer to the specific capacity listed below for each field trip program.  If your total number of students exceeds this capacity, you will need to reserve two separate field trip dates so that half your group can attend on each date.

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photos from Celebration Park archaeology field trip

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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.

A highlight of this field trip is a hike through the Bonneville Flood melon gravel to explore the park’s unique petroglyph collection.  Students learn about traditional Native American cultures during a Lifeways presentation in the Canyon Crossroads Museum and a hunting lesson on the atlatl range.  Students also 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.

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Offered:  Every weekday, March through June, and August through October Timeframe:  Approximately 10am to 2pm

Capacity:  120 students Recommended Grades: 4th and up

Student Workbooks Available: Yes Teacher Resources:

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.  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

Photo from Lake Lowell field tripThe centerpiece of this 2nd and 3rd grade field trip is a fishing excursion on the docks at Lake Lowell Park in Nampa.  In addition to angling, students learn about Lake Lowell and the types of fish that live in it.  During a game of Feeding Frenzy, students investigate the concept of habitat, and how water quality impacts both fish and a popular source of fish food—aquatic macroinvertebrates.  We also discuss the relationship 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.

Offered:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in May

Timeframe:  Approximately 10am to 2pm

Capacity:  100 studentsPhoto from Lake Lowell field trip

Recommended Grades: 1st – 3rd

Student Workbooks Available: Yes

Teacher Resources:

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Summer Stories/Archaeology Adventures is the summer version of our classic archaeology field trip program, geared towards younger students and summer weather.  Students explore the petroglyphs, learn how Native Americans drilled holes using pump drills, and play a traditional Native American hoop-and-dart game using hand-tossed darts on the atlatl range.  Students also get to make and take home their own artwork during an investigation of Native American ceramics!

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 Field Trips Teacher Information

The Winter Desert program is an immersive experience of the Celebration Park landscape in winter.  The morning session is focused on cultural resources, with students experiencing a Native American Lifeways program inside the Canyon Crossroads Museum and a hike through the park’s petroglyph collection.  The afternoon natural resources session consists of an indoor program about native birds of prey and a winter ecology hike that introduces students to the plants of Celebration Park and how they are adapted to winter in the high desert.

Directions to Celebration Park
Offered:  Thursdays and Fridays in January and February
Timeframe:  Approximately 10am to 2pm
Capacity:  50 students
Recommended Grades: 5th and up
Student Workbooks Available: No
Teacher Resources: Winter Desert Program Teacher Information

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, and includes a Native American Lifeways presentation, instruction on the park’s atlatl range, and a petroglyph tour.

Directions to Celebration Park
Offered:  Saturdays year-round
Timeframe: Approximately 10am to noon
Capacity:  40 students
Recommended Grades: 4th and up
Student Workbooks Available: No

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 each September 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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Mailing Address

1115 Albany St.
Caldwell, ID 83605

Phone

Celebration Park and Field Trips:
208-455-6022

Lake Lowell Park:
208-454-6884

Email

Celebration Park and Field Trips:
jmccoy@canyonco.org 

Lake Lowell Park:
thepark@canyonco.org