​6717 Highway 12 W

P.O. Box 995  Lolo, MT 59847


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Distance Learning

Frequently Asked Questions About Distance Learning Field Trips

How does this work?

We will provide a link and any necessary pre-trip materials approximately one week in advance of your field trip.  At that time, we will also check in with you to discuss any virtual classroom norms that you have established.  On the day of the field trip, the program educator will log on about five minutes before the scheduled time.  Once the classroom (and/or individual students) is ready, we will begin the presentation.  Most interactive trips are combination of images, conversation, and activities, and last approximately 45 minutes.  The educator can stay online for up to an hour, if students have additional questions.

What platform do you use?

Our default platform for field trips is Zoom Pro.  Teachers and students do NOT have to create their own accounts to participate in the field trip.  If you school does not allow Zoom, or there is another platform that you have already been using regularly with students, we are happy to adapt as needed.

What precautions do you take with Zoom?

All Zoom calls are password-protected and use the waiting room function.  Teachers will be assigned as a co-host of the call, so that they can help manage the waiting room.  The chat function is limited during the duration of the field trip; student can chat-in private questions but are not able to chat with each other.

I'm not comfortable with technology.  How can I prepare?

For virtual classroom visits, we will schedule a ten-minute test run the week before the field trip.  At that time, we will test your classroom's audiovisual capacities, and make any necessary adjustments.  For distance-learning modules in which students are in their own homes, we are also happy to consult with you in advance, to address any technology concerns.

Can siblings or other students join?

Of course!  Since the lessons are interactive, we do recommend a maximum of 20 participants to ensure the best possible experience.  However, we are happy to offer more than one session at a school, so all students can participate.  We are also able to offer these lessons to homeschool groups or other learning pods.

Do you have more distance learning options?

We are currently in the process of developing more options, so stay tuned!  Please email us at fieldtrips@travelersrest.org if you have suggestions or ideas for future topics, or want to be on our mailing list for field trip updates.  You can also find other learning resources from the park and around the web here.

Request a VIRTUAL Field Trip

Relive History with Replicas!       

From clothing to navigational equipment to traditional root-gathering tools, Travelers' Rest has a large collection of replica items that illustrate what life was like for the Bitterroot Salish and the Corps of Discovery in western Montana in the early 19th century. Younger students will gather their own travel items as a pre-trip assignment, and then compare them to nineteenth-century replicas in an interactive online presentation.

Content Standards: Social studies, Science, English CC     

Grade Level: K-2, 3-6

Capacity: 20 students



Travelers' Rest is the only archaeologically confirmed campsite along the Lewis and Clark Trail. In this interactive online program, students will learn basic archaeology concepts and follow the scientific process used to pinpoint the location of the Travelers’ Rest site.
Content Standards: Social studies, Science, Math CC, English CC
Grade Level: K-12

Recommended Capacity: 20 students

Nature Narratives

How do we share information about the world around us? In a series of lessons that bridges history, science, and art, students will explore how different people have presented their understandings of the natural environment, from the Bitterroot Salish in the past to the Corps of Discovery in the 1800s to artists, scientists, and travelers today. This field trip involves a sequence of three brief virtual visits, interspersed with hands-on assignments that students complete at home on their own.
Content Standards: Social studies, English CC, Art, IEFA
Grade Level: 2 -12

Recommended Capacity: 20 students​

Join a Travelers' Rest educator for an online adventure, on whichever videoconferencing platform works best for your school!  Due to the interactive nature of the programs, we recommend a maximum group size of 20 students.  (Classrooms may be split into two groups.)  For additional teacher-guided learning materials about Travelers' Rest, native history, the Corps of Discovery, and the Bitterroot Valley, see our Field Trip Materials page.

Thanks to the generosity of the members and donors of Travelers' Rest Connection, all field trips are offered free of charge.

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For information on in-person field trips, click here
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