Garden of the Gods Park offers multiple learning opportunities for students K-12.

In-Person Field Trips

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.

The trails used are ADA compliant. Students are welcome to bring water bottles and should dress appropriately for a walk outdoors.

Field Trips run October 4, 2022 – through May 4, 2023
(No in-person programs are offered in January or February)

Garden of the Gods follows Colorado Springs School District 11 schedule for Holiday and Spring Break closures.

  • The cost is $2.00 per student
  • Trips are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursday
  • Start Times are 9:30 am or 12:00 pm & last 2-hours
  • Minimum 20 students per trip
  • Maximum 65 students per trip

In-School Programming: We Bring the Park to You!

Unable to get your students to Garden of the Gods for an in-person field trip? Our park staff will bring the wonder of Garden of the Gods into your classroom. Whether you would like to expose your class to the park’s geology, ecology, history, or a combination of all three, we can provide a program that suits your needs. Outreach programs run between 45 minutes and two-hours in length.

  • Cost: $50 flat fee (no limit on attendees)
  • Financial Assistance May Be Available
  • Schedule: Tuesdays through Fridays
  • Start times: Anytime between 10:00 am & 1:00 pm MST
  • Start Date: January 10, 2023
  • End Date: February 24, 2023
  • Range: Schools within El Paso County, Colorado

School Field Trips for Every Age Group

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

Elementary School Field Trips at Garden of the Gods

Geology of the Garden of the Gods Park

Group Size: 20 – 65 students
Location: Indoor & 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.

Meet the Park

Group Size: 20 – 65 students
Location: Indoor & 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 where the kids can experience the natural wonder of the Park firsthand.

Explore the Park

Group Size: 20 – 65 students
Location: Outdoor Only
Duration: 1.5 hours

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!

Middle & High School Field Trips at Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods Geology

Group Size: 20 – 35 students
Location: 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.

Garden of the Gods Ecology

Group Size: 20 – 35 students
Location: 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 the future care of the Park. Please, bring water and wear shoes suitable for hiking.

Garden of the Gods History

Group Size: 20 – 35 students
Location: 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.