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School Field Trips


School Field Trips

Montana State Parks are excellent indoor/outdoor classrooms and an ideal place for a school field trip.

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$200 Public Lands Field Trip Travel Grants Available

Details at Montana Environmental Education Association.

Accepting applications October 6, 2019 until all grants are awarded.


Students can experience Native American culture, learn about Montana’s heritage, explore natural sciences and more. Parks’ staff can assist with programs geared toward your curriculum needs.

Most field trips are only offered in the spring and fall. Please contact the park directly for more information or to reserve a date. Field trip curriculum can change over time so please check back for new field trip opportunities.

State parks are also a great place for teacher-led programs. Council Grove, Frenchtown Pond, or any of Montana's 54 parks can be utilized if teachers have a topic they would like to explore with their classes in an outdoor classroom.

School field trips are offered at the following state parks:

Tips for Preparing

Be sure your students know:

  • Time and date of departure
  • Point of departure
  • Educational Objective of the field trip
  • Necessary expenses
  • Lunch Plan
  • Appropriate dress
  • Parental permission forms as required by the school
  • Rules of the teacher and the park
  • Field Trip Supplies (camera, notebook, pencils, art supplies, etc.)

It is important that students, whether working as a class or in small groups, have proper supervision. We recommend one adult accompany every 12 to 15 students. All chaperones should clearly understand their disciplinary duties and stay with the students during the field trip.


Discipline is the responsibility of the teacher and chaperones. Please explain to your students that appropriate, orderly behavior is expected during their visit. Use simple rules of respect for park resources and courtesy toward each other, keeping in mind that other people will be visiting at the same time. All plants, minerals, animals, fossils and artifacts are protected by state law and should not be disturbed.

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