Field Trips

Organization

Description 

Age Groups

State Education Standards


Contact Information

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument preserves and interprets the Agate Bone Bed of Miocene mammal fossils, the Daemonelix burrow trace fossils of the Paleocaster land beaver, and the impressive James H. Cook collection of Lakota artifacts gifted to him by Chief Red Cloud and other Lakota tribe members during their friendship.

Each of these resources are an amazing opportunity for your students to connect a tangible resource to the standards-based curriculum. They offer in-person field trips and virtual learning options.                                

 All programs are FREE

  • K-5th 

  • Middle

  • High 

Nebraska State Standards in Earth Science and Social Studies    


308-436-9760

Custer State Park provides students and park visitors an opportunity to connect to the natural resources within the Black Hills. Through their programming, you can experience outdoor learning using either the park's resources or your school/location’s resources. Our programs are designed to complement local schools’ curriculum and provide a quality interactive experience to encourage a life-long interest and appreciation of the natural resources and history of the Black Hills.                    

They offer classroom programming, field trips, curriculum, and self guides.

Programming is FREE. Spaces are limited, first come, first served.  A seasonal newsletter is offered that highlights field trips and group/family programs. 

Email: custerstatepark@state.sd.us 

to get on the list.

Pre K to Adult Learners

There programs cover a vartiety of standards including:

  • Earth Science

  • Physical Education

  • Social Studies

and many more based on programs request. 

605-255-4515

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives is one the oldest operating hatcheries in the U.S. The D.C. Booth Society offers tours of their historic buildings and grounds and covers topics in American fisheries culture and history and current fisheries management. 

All programs are FREE. They love giving tours to school groups and visitors!

  • Pre-K

  • K-2nd 

  • 3rd-5th 

  • Middle 

605-642-7730 ext 221


2021-2022 programming has been targeted for 4th-grade students, but they offer earth science programming for all elementary school grades and middle school. The 4th grade Rock Cycle in-classroom program coincides with a park field trip. Field trips in 2022 will start in February. 

All programs are FREE

  • K-2nd 

  • 3rd-5th 

  • Middle

4th Grade: Earth Science

  • They are in the process of  developing standards for other grades

The Mammoth Site offers a variety of hands-on programming for k-12 in paleontological and biological science concepts including field trips to the site, classroom programming, virtual programs, and educational kits.

They are happy to work with educators to develop or adapt programming to better engage students 





Field trip costs vary: $2.31-$4.50

K-High School

All programming is based on South Dakota and Next Generation Science Standards 

605-745-6017

The Museum of Geology offers programs for pre-k to adult learners. They frequently host tour groups, story hours, rock-ID services, annual events, and off-site outreach appearances. 

All programs are FREE

$15 suggested donation for tours 

  • Pre-K and younger

  • K-2

  • 3-5

  • Middle

  • High

  • Adults

Currently working on rubrics (1/2022), great opporunities for earth science in every age group

605-394-2467

The Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls offers outdoor education for all ages! They offer a variety of field trip options for elementary up to high school.         All programs are FREE. Click here for the 2021-2022 school program brochure

Elementary up to High School

They can adjust all programming to meet teachers needs

The Outdoor Campus in Rapid City offers outdoor education for all ages! They offer a variety of field trip options for elementary up to high school.        All programs are FREE. Click here for the 2021-2022 school program brochure

Elementary up to High School 

They can adjust all programming to meet teachers needs

Three Nebraska social studies curriculum-based lessons are available for field trips.

Kindergarten: Symbols of the U.S.

3rd Grade: The Culture of Scotts Bluff 

4th Grade: The Oregon Trail

Adventure Game                                   

All programs are FREE

  • K

  • 3rd-4th 

Social Studies 

    Wind Cave offers field trips, classroom programming, curriculum, and distance learning programming for preschool-age children to middle school grades. Distance programming can be adapted for all ages including adults.

    Their programming covers earth science, life science, and social studies standards. Field trip options can include cave tours or prairie/forest exploration. 

    All programs are FREE

    • Pre-K

    • K-5th 

    • Middle


    605-745-1132