Garden of the Gods Field Trip Update for 2021/2022

Registration opens August 2, 2021

Garden of the Gods Park offers field trip opportunities for students K-12.

Field Trips start October 5, 2021 and run through May 5, 2022.

Garden of the Gods Park is home to exciting and unique ecology, geology, and history.

Teachers, your students will enjoy our fun, educational field trips in the majestic Garden of the Gods Park. Three different programs are offered for elementary school students and three are available for grades 6-12.

  • Cost is $2.00 per student. Financial assistance may be available for qualifying El Paso County Schools  
  • Field trips available weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Choose either a 9:30 AM or 12:00 PM start time
  • Field trips last approximately 2 hours
  • Maximum: 65 students per session (elementary schools)
  • Minimum: 20 students per session
  • We follow Colorado Springs School District 11 schedule for Holiday and Spring Break closures
  • No in-person programs offered in January and February.

ONLINE REMOTE LEARNING experiences offered January and February 2022

Unable to get to Garden of the Gods for an in-person field trip? We offer virtual experiences via Zoom or WebEx. Our park interpreters will help you to design a 45-minute program focused on our region's geology, ecology, history or combination of the three.

  • Virtual field trips available JAN 10 - FEB 25, 2022
  • VFT's offered Monday-Friday
  • VFT's can start anytime between 9:30-11:00 MST
  • VFT's last approximately 45 minutes
  • VFT's are FREE
  • No size limit for VFT's

Available In-Person Field Trips: 

Geology of the Garden of the Gods Park
Elementary School
Group size: 20-65 students 

Indoor and Outdoor 

Duration: 2 hours 

Experience the unique geological majesty of the Garden of the Gods! Your field trip will cover rock types, fossils, geological processes, rock layers and formations experienced in the Park. The program begins inside the amazing Visitor and Nature Center with hands-on activities including our geology gallery. Grades 4-5 have the option to enjoy a 15-minute film How Did Those Red Rocks Get There? instead of the hands-on elements. Students are then led on a 45-minute walking adventure in the Park to experience the power and wonder of geology firsthand.

For reservations call 719-219-0108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet the Park
Elementary School
Group size: 20-65 students 

Indoor and Outdoor 

Duration: 2 hours 

Learn how our Garden is a crossroads of plants and animals from six different ecosystems. Students will explore the interdependence of the Park’s animal and plant life. Field trips begin inside the Visitor and Nature Center with hands-on activities including our Flora and Fauna gallery, games, and interactive touch tables. The program then moves outdoors for a 45-minute guided walking expedition through our Central Garden where the kids can experience the natural wonder of the Park firsthand.

For reservations call 719-219-0108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Explore the Park
Elementary School
Group size: 20-65 students 

Outdoor only 

Duration: approx. 90 minutes 

Students explore the Central Garden for nearly 90 minutes! This is a less structured, more in-depth outdoor experience covering the geology, ecology, and history of the Park at the appropriate grade level. Field trips begin in the North Main Parking Lot (lot #2) at the trailhead for the Perkins Central Garden Trail. This adventure will take your students to parts of the Park not seen on our other field trips. There is no indoor portion for this trip. Your entire visit is spent in the Park!

For reservations call 719-219-0108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Garden of the Gods Geology: 
Middle School and High School 
Group size: up to 35 students 

Outdoor only 

Duration: 2 hours

Students enjoy two hours on a guided exploration of the Park's geology. Witness the massive forces that shaped and continue to shape the Front Range. Experience evidence of ancient seas, deserts, mountains, and glaciers. Discover how scientists use rock and soil to answer questions about the past and address current environmental concerns. Please, bring water and wear shoes suitable for hiking.  Students will come away with a greater appreciation of the Park, the science of geology, and its relevance in today's world. 

For reservations call 719-219-0108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Garden of the Gods Ecology:
Middle School and High School
Group size: up to 35 students 

Outdoor only 

Duration: 2 hours

Take an immersive, two-hour hike through the Park's biodiversity. Experience our six ecosystems coexisting in the Garden's compact topography. Learn how area plants and animals have adapted to thrive in the Park's climate, elevation, and soil. Delve into the effects of human impact on the natural world and explore ideas for future care of the Park. Please, bring water and wear shoes suitable for hiking. 

For reservations call 719-219-0108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Garden of the Gods History:
Middle School and High School 

Group size: up to 35 students 

Outdoor only 

Duration: 2 hours

Experience the Park through the eyes of ancient peoples, the Nuu-ciu (Ute), explorers, prospectors, pioneers, and modern Coloradans. Learn how the Park has been used throughout the centuries, what attracted people here, who some of these colorful individuals were, and how the Park we enjoy came to be. Students will visit several historic sites throughout the Garden. Please, bring water and wear shoes suitable for hiking. 

For reservations call 719-219-0108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All Garden of the Gods field trips align with current Colorado STEM standards for Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Social Studies: History.

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (719) 219-0108 if you have any questions.

Registration opens August 2, 2021

 

*All Garden of the Gods field trips align with 2020 Colorado STEM standards for Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Social Studies: History.

**Garden of the Gods prefers using Zoom for our Virtual Field Trips (Google Meet and WebEx also available)

 

Additional Resources Below:

Click HERE for a listing of regional educational resource options

Check out Nuu-ciu Strong HERE for outstanding curriculum on the Ute Nation

Free Educational Videos HERE

Our complimentary teacher packets augment your curriculum:

GEOLOGY

Click Here to Download Elementary School Geology Packet 

Click Here to Download Middle School and High School Geology Packet

ECOLOGY

Click Here to Download Elementary School Ecology Packet 

Click Here to Download Middle School and High School Ecology Packet

HISTORY

Click Here to Download Elementary School History Packet 

Click Here to Download Middle School and High School History Packet

HOME SCHOOL

Click here to download the Home School Program packet