Lewis & Clark Field Trips

Relive History with Replicas!       

From clothing to flintlock weapons to navigational equipment, Travelers' Rest has a large collection of replica items that illustrate what life was like for explorers in the early 19th century. Students participate in an interactive presentation that includes stories from the Corps of Discovery's journey through what is now western Montana. Kindergarteners through second graders investigate replica items through a fun, hands-on matching game.  Indoors.

Content Standards: Social studies, Science, English CC     

Grade Level: K-2, 3-6

Capacity: 20 students or 28 students with an additional chaperone provided by school.



 Walk in the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark expedition!  Travelers' Rest is the only archaeologically confirmed campsite along the Lewis and Clark Trail. In this program, students learn about the scientific process and the technology used to pinpoint the location of the Travelers’ Rest site and see the areas that were excavated to uncover the campfire and latrine.  Outdoors.
Content Standards: Social studies, Science, Math CC, English CC, Health
Grade Level: K-12

Capacity: 20 students


Under the mandate of President Thomas Jefferson, Captains Lewis and Clark, their Sergeants, and Private Whitehouse kept detailed journals about their trip across the continent. In this program, students hear what the expedition members had to say when they visited Travelers' Rest and try to decipher their 19th-century descriptions of plants and animals. Students also make their own careful observations and write a journal entry to record their experience at Travelers’ Rest.   Outdoors.

Content Standards: Social studies, Science, Math CC, English CC, Arts, Health 

Grade Level: 3-4, 5-8

Capacity: 20 students or 28 students with an additional chaperone provided by school

Native American Cultural History Field Trips


Hunting and intuition are incredibly valuable skills for surviving in the harsh climates of Montana. Your students will love this opportunity to play these traditional Salish games while learning more about what life was like for the people that lived here at the place called, “No Salmon.” Closed-toed shoes are required. Outdoors.
Content Standards: Social studies, English CC, Health, IEFA        
Grade Level: K-5

Capacity: 20 students


After practicing some Native Games in Level 1, your students will have the opportunity to play a full game of Double Ball as well as discuss the importance of working as a team for the traditional Salish people. Due to the physical nature of this field trip program, groups of 16 or less are required.  Close-toed shoes are required. Outdoors.
Content Standards: Social studies, English CC, Health, IEFA
Grade Level: 6-12

Capacity: 20 students


Can you guess what an object was used for and how it was made?  This field trip will give students a hands-on introduction to the traditional tools and toys used by the tribes who lived near or visited Travelers' Rest.  Students will learn about the transformation of natural resources into everyday objects.  Indoors.  

(This field trip is under development; content standards information not yet available.)

Grade Level: K-8

Capacity: 20 students or 28 students with an additional chaperone provided by school

Seasons of the Salish               

Explore the seasonal round typical of the traditional Salish way of life and learn how the Plateau peoples met their seasonal needs for food, shelter, tools, and clothing with resources available at different times of the year and in different places.  Students work in teams to explore the seasonal round and to gain awareness and appreciation of the interconnectedness of people with the natural world.  Indoors.

Content Standards: Communication arts, Science, Social studies, IEFA, Workplace competencies

Grade Level: 4-6

Capacity: 20 students or 28 students with an additional chaperone provided by school

Natural History Field Trips

Cottonwood forest habitat

The cottonwood forest is essential to the health of Lolo Creek, the stream that runs through Travelers' Rest.  Students will look for plants and animals during a guided walk thorugh the park's riparian environment; draw parallels between themselves and trees; and play a game of Freeze or Scram to learn more about the defense mechanisms of the critters who live in the Park.  Outdoors.

Content Standards: Social Studies, Science, English CC, Health

Grade Level: Pre-K - 3

Capacity: 20 students

Predators & PREY

Predators abound in Montana's wild lands. A hands-on inspection of animal parts including jaw bones, pelts and skulls, gives students clues about abilities and diets of these mammals. Students will also learn about the valuable role of all animals in our ecosystem and explore how the natural environment would change without them. Outdoors (preferred) or Indoors.

Content Standards: Social Studies, Science, English CC, Health

Grade Level: 3 - 6

Capacity: 20 students or 28 students with an additional chaperone provided by school


Travelers’ Rest State Park is habitat to more than 130 bird species, an abundance of native plants and many other flora and fauna. Throughout the year, the seasonal changes in habitat and inhabitants can be witnessed through the Solo Hike along the Nature Trail. Students will have the opportunity to experience nature on their own or in pairs while reflecting on the different ways that Travelers’ Rest State Park is an important place. This program is facilitated by the classroom teacher, rather than a Travelers' Rest staff member. Outdoors.
Content Standards: Social Studies, Science, English CC, Health
Grade Level: 3-12

Capacity: 20 students or 28 students with an additional chaperone provided by school

Field Trips

for all ages

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Travelers' Rest field trips offer fun, informal learning for students of all ages.  To ensure great experiences for both children and adults on these field trips, we recommend a maximum of 20 students per station, though we can accommodate groups of 28 students when an additional chaperone accompanies them.  (Classrooms may be split into two groups.)  Note that certain field trip topics have a maximum capacity of 20 students to maintain student safety, assure program quality, and manage time.  Be sure to carefully read through the listings below as you plan your field trip and we look forward to seeing you at the park!

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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frequently asked questions about field trips

What should my students bring with them?

We recommend that students bring a water bottle, weather-appropriate clothing, and sunscreen. Lunch is not provided. If your group is participating in Native Games 1 or 2, close-toed shoes are required. Handouts and pencils are provided; however, some groups like to bring their own journals.

What is the maximum field trip size?

Stations are designed for a maximum of 20 students at a time.  However, we can accommodate up to 28 students for some stations, with additional chaperones. Certain field trip stations have a maximum capacity of 20 students; this is due to state regulations or to preserve the quality and safety of our programs and is therefore not flexible.  Depending on the age of your students, we may ask you to divide your classroom into smaller groups.

Does our school need to provide chaperones?

Yes, ideally there will be one adult chaperone for every 10 students.  A student who requires an aide in the classroom will also need their aide on the field trip.

What is the chaperone’s/teacher’s job?

We know a lot about native history and the Corps of Discovery, but you know your students.  We ask that teachers, parents, counselors, or other adult chaperones help to monitor and guide behavior so that we can focus on teaching and creating a fun and safe experience for every student.  Please ask chaperones to leave phones and other distractions in their bags except for emergencies; engaged adults are great models for student behavior.

How long is each session?

Our field trip topics are designed to be 50 minutes each.  Shorter amounts of time mean less content is covered and is not recommended.

Can I request a field trip that is above or below the grade level of my students?

We highly recommend that you select field trips intended for the appropriate age group. Field trips are designed with specific content and curriculum standards in mind. It is difficult for us to improvise appropriate content material.

What can I expect on the day of the field trip?

A staff person will meet your bus at the bus parking lot for a quick five minute introduction of the park and expectations. Teachers will receive an agenda and any other necessary materials.  We encourage teachers to assign their students to groups before arrival.  Below you'll find a sample schedule for a 2.5 hour field trip with three rotations:

XYZ School
Friday, September 4, 2020
(60 students, 4rd grade)

Field Trip Agenda:
9:00 – 9:05           Welcome, introduction, expectations

9:05-9:50              Group 1:Archaeology Walk
                              Group 2: Replicas
                              Group 3: Native Games

9:50-9:55              Transition to second station

9:55-10:40            Group 1: Native Games
                              Group 2: Archaeology Walk
                              Group 3: Replicas

10:40-10:45          Transition to third station

10:45-11:30          Group 1: Replicas
                               Group 2: Native Games
                               Group 3: Archaeology Walk

11:30                     Students eat picnic lunch in the park