Field Trip & Program Requests
Field trip

Field Trip & Program Requests

Let us supplement your science, history and geography curriculum with one of our free programs. Whether a classroom visit or a field trip, we can tailor our programs to enhance a variety of curriculum topics and meet a number of state and district standards.

Nature Programs

Nature Field Trip

Enhance your environmental studies with hands-on field trip experiences and classroom activities.

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Cultural History

Cultural History Program

Explore the agricultural, mining, and pioneer history of Boulder County through these interactive programs.

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We have lots of opportunities to enhance environmental studies with hands-on field trip experiences and classroom programs.

Explore Your Environment Program

This free program is designed for students in grades 3-5 and helps them develop an eye for observation, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world. It starts with an environmental program in your classroom and is followed up on another date with a visit to one of our open space properties.

Field Trips

Field trips can be arranged for any grade level.

  • Wetlands Exploration at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat or Pella Crossing
  • Foothills Ecology at Heil Valley Ranch
  • Birds and their Habitat at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat, Pella Crossing, or Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm
  • Wildlife, Habitat and Life Zones at any of the above properties plus Betasso Preserve, Bald Mountain Scenic Area, Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain, Caribou Ranch, or Mud Lake
  • Geology Hikes at Heil Valley Ranch, Hall Ranch, Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain, Caribou Ranch, or Mud Lake
  • Request a Field Trip or contact Larry Colbenson, 303-678-6214

Classroom Programs

Classroom programs can be arranged for any grade level.

  • Living Map (room-sized map of Boulder County used to teach about water resources, geology, wildlife and life zones)
  • Backyard Wildlife, Wildlife in Winter, Insects and Spiders, and other wildlife and natural history topics
  • Geology with 3-D map of Boulder County and hands-on demonstrations and activities
  • Request a Program or contact Larry Colbenson, 303-678-6214

Middle & High Schools

More advanced field trips, presentations, and citizen science projects can be arranged by contacting Deborah Price, 303-678-6215.

Bus Funding

Limited bus funding is available for Boulder Valley School District and St Vrain Valley School District schools needing assistance with transportation costs. Please contact
Deborah Price
303-678-6215

Explore the agricultural, mining, and pioneer history of Boulder County through these interactive field trips.

Agricultural Heritage Center

Take a guided tour of the Ag Heritage Center and experience early 1900s farm life first-hand. Exhibits include live animals, a fully furnished 1909 farmhouse, and interactive displays about farming. After a guided tour, stay to enjoy lunch on our picnic grounds. Teachers can choose to add on one of several prepared natural history lessons at nearby McIntosh Lake.

Altona Schoolhouse

Visit the historic Altona Schoolhouse at Heil Valley Ranch and choose from three different program options that will take approximately one hour:

  • 1880s Pioneer School Day
  • World War II School Day
  • Mining History: Explore Boulder County’s gold, silver, and tungsten roots

The schoolhouse can comfortably fit up to 30 people. If your group is larger, then we will split your group so half “attend school” while the other half hike a nearby trail at Heil Valley Ranch for the hour. Then you will switch so everyone gets to attend school and go for a hike for a two-hour cultural and natural history experience! Schoolhouse programs are offered Sept. 9 – Nov. 1.

Nederland Mining Museum

Field trips to the Nederland Mining Museum are not currently offered due to construction along Boulder Canyon CO 119. Instead, we recommend the Altona Schoolhouse Mining History option.

Walker Ranch School Days

A field trip geared toward classes who are studying local and state history, we offer hands-on programs at the Walker Ranch Homestead to explore the lives of the pioneers who settled there. Students try their hands at churning butter and doing laundry on the washboard, and compare and contrast ranch life in the late 1800s to life today. Walker Ranch School Days are offered Sept. 9-11 and 23-25.

Sorry, but we have reached capacity for Walker Ranch School Days this fall. But if you would like to be notified when spring dates are announced, please email Sheryl Kippen.

Bus Funding

Limited bus funding is available for Boulder Valley School District and St Vrain Valley School District schools needing assistance with transportation costs. Please contact
Deborah Price
303-678-6215

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Scout groups, adult classes, faith-based groups, community clubs and organizations of eight or more are all welcome.

It depends on the location. Most locations can accommodate between 40-60 people.

Yes. Our programs are aligned with a number of the grade level expectations for Life Science, Earth Science, History and Geography standards. We can provide more specific information about alignments to certain programs upon request.

Yes. Limited bus funding is available for Boulder Valley School District and St Vrain Valley School District schools needing assistance with transportation costs. For information, contact Deborah Price, 303-678-6215.

We ask that you schedule programs at least 4 weeks in advance. Reservations are taken up to a year in advance.

We have a few naturalists with Spanish language skills – with advance notice we can plan a bilingual English-Spanish program.

We welcome children with special needs to our programs, but need advance notice to be adequately prepared. You must bring an aide or assistant who is familiar with the children. When you register, we can discuss with you any special preparations or limitations.

Field trip sites have outhouse pit toilets, but no running water. Groups should bring drinking water and hand sanitizer if desired.

Sites have shelters or picnic tables available for you to enjoy. Please mention your desire for a picnic lunch when you register so we can reserve the shelter for you when possible.

There is a collaborative effort among all the EE providers in the county. To learn more about educational opportunities, visit https://emovement.org/for-educators/

Request a program using one of our special program or field trip request forms found on our event registration website. If you do not have a Discover Boulder County account, you’ll need to create one. But it’s easy and we only use your contact information to communicate about events you register for. We will never sell or give your information to a third party.

Direct Contact

If you would rather contact someone directly:

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Nature Programs


303-678-6214

History Programs


303-776-8848