Field Trips and Classroom Visits
Explore the Preserve and EcoCenter with hands-on, science-based field trips for school classes and youth organizations.
Swaner field trips allow students to get outside and explore, while enhancing their classroom education with field experiences. Fields trips are offered in the fall, winter, and spring seasons, for preschool through 12th grade. Field trips are also available for private youth groups, such as Scout groups, church groups, 4-H clubs, etc.
No field trips for organized groups are permitted without prior arrangements with the Swaner education staff. Self-guided field trips are available for groups of less than 15 children, but scheduling must be done in advance and is based upon availability.
|Program Date||Booking Begins|
|September 1st through December 31st||June 1st|
|January 1st through March 31st||September 1st|
|April 1st through June 10th||January 1st|
Field trip start times can be scheduled any time between 8 am and 3 pm. Field trips typically run 2 hours, but can be shortened to an hour and a half, if necessary.
Classroom visit start times can be scheduled any time between 8 am and 3 pm. Classroom visits last between 1 and 1.5 hours, depending on the grade and topic.
Fees and Payment
|Field trip for 20+ students||$2 per student|
|Field trip of 20 or less students||$50 for up to 10 students; $5 per each additional student|
|$25 per class|
Classroom Visit Traveling Fee
|Any school outside of Summit and Wasatch counties may be subject to a travel fee to help cover costs. Please contact Education directly for more information.|
Public school 4th grade teachers in Summit and Wasatch Counties
|Free! Please see the Summit and Wasatch County 4th Grade program section for more information on free classroom visits and field trips.|
|Grade Level/Topic||Aligned Utah SEEd Standards|
|Pre-K: Available upon request|
|Kindergarten:||Standard K.2.1; Standard K.2.2; Standard K.2.3|
|1st Grade:||Standard 1.2.1; Standard 1.2.2|
|Standard 2.2.1; Standard 2.2.3|
|3rd Grade:||Standard 3.2.4; Standard 3.2.5|
|4th Grade:||Standard 4.1.1.; Standard 4.1.2|
|5th Grade:||Standard 5.3.1; Standard 5.3.2|
|6th Grade:||Standard 6.4.1; standard 6.4.2; Standard 6.4.3|
Summit and Wasatch County Public School 4th Grade School Programs
Thanks to continued support from Vail Resorts EpicPromise, Swaner is able to offer a free field trip and classroom visit for every 4th grader enrolled in public school in Summit and Wasatch counties. Classroom visits typically take place in January through March, and field trips are typically scheduled in April through June. In addition to covering the cost of the program, funding is available to defray transportation costs to the Swaner Preserve.
Home School Groups
Home school groups are welcome to schedule field trips at the Swaner Preserve! Field trips for 20 children or fewer will be treated as a private field trip.
To request a field trip or classroom visit, please fill out the Google form below. A Swaner Education team member will contact you within 7 days to discuss your request. Filling out the Google form is NOT a confirmation of your program. If the date you are requesting is less than 2 weeks away, please contact t Katherine Veeder at (435)797-8942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field trips for private groups, such as scout and church groups, 4-H clubs, sports teams, etc. are available September through May. Field trips are only available on weekdays. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any weekend field trips at this time. Field trip start times can be scheduled any time between 9 am and 4 pm. Private field trips are an hour and a half long.
Fees and Payment
The cost of a private field trip is $50 for up to 10 children. Each additional child is $5.
Topics and Activities
Any of the topics listed in the school programs section are available for private field trips. The wetland climbing wall can also be included as part of a private field trip program.
To request a field trip, please fill out the Google form below. A Swaner Education team member will contact you within 7 days to discuss your request. Filling out the Google form is NOT a confirmation of your program. If the date you are requesting is less than 2 weeks away, please contact Katherine Veeder at (435)797-8942 or email@example.com. Please note that school programs take priority over private group field trips.
Understanding that occasional circumstances may prevent schools from participating in their scheduled program, Swaner allows groups to cancel their field trip or classroom visit up to 7 days prior the scheduled program. If you request to cancel 6 or less days before your program, a 50% cancellation fee is due at that time. Swaner staff also have the ability to cancel a program up to 7 days before the scheduled program, if absolutely necessary. Should a cancellation occur, Swaner staff will work with school staff to reschedule based upon availability of both Swaner and the school.
Inclement weather cancellations: Schools may cancel up to 24 hours prior a scheduled program with no penalty due to inclement weather. If a school cancels less than 24 hours before the start of a scheduled program, a 50% cancellation fee is due at that time. Swaner Preserve staff may also cancel a scheduled program with at least 24 hours notice due to inclement weather that would affect travel conditions for Swaner staff or participant schools, or weather conditions that would affect the safety of participants and staff during the program.
Name: Katherine Veeder
Position: Director of Education
Thanks to our sponsors, Vail Resorts EpicPromise and the John C. Kish Foundation, for their generous support of education and school programs!