• Snowshoe School Field Trips

An unforgettable learning experience

Snowshoe field trips for schools and groups

A powerful learning experience out of the classroom, these fieldtrips are designed for 4th and 5th grade students. We have tailored the content of these fieldtrips to reinforce what the students are learning in the classroom. Over the last ten years, we have lead over 12,000 students on snowshoes during these learning expeditions in their mountain backyard.

Led by both experienced staff and our fantastic volunteers, these programs seek to connect participants with the basic science of their watershed and the natural history of the Wasatch Mountains. Field trips are free of charge to schools.

Students learn about winter wildlife adaptations, how to track animals in the snow, where their water comes from, and about Utah’s public lands. On past field trips, we’ve watched moose (from a safe distance!), listened to coyotes, been surprised by a grouse, watched a mink swim through the water and an ermine on a hunting expedition.

The snowshoes for the field trips are free of charge, generously provided by REI, who allows us free rental for the field trips. We’re grateful for their support and partnership of this program. We also have a bus scholarship program, where schools in need can apply for support in covering transportation expenses. This year’s bus scholarships were generously funded by the Big Cottonwood Marathon and its runners! We’re also grateful for Salt Lake City Watershed and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest staff for their help in leading these amazing field trips.

The field trips take place in avalanche-safe, rolling terrain that makes it a great opportunity for those who have never been on snowshoes before. Additionally, the curriculum for these field trips ties into our fall and summer field trips, creating a larger impact for those repeat visitors! Here are some further details:

  • Trips run January through March
  • Free of charge!
  • Snowshoe rentals provided courtesy REI
  • Reservations accepted beginning mid-November.
  • Group size limited to 60, if you have larger class please clear with us first.
  • All trips in avalanche safe terrain
  • Email education@cottonwoodcanyons.org to make reservations.