Day Programs

Due to restrictions in park operations and recommendations regarding limiting public events and gatherings surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, GCC will be suspending Canyon Field School courses until further notice.


Explore the Rim

Designed for school groups, but open to all, the Canyon Field School Day Programs are perfect for any group with a little less time to explore. Each can be catered to specific grade levels and is developed using Arizona State Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

All day programs are priced based on 30 youth and 5 chaperones. Larger groups should contact CFS to discuss their options. Additional chaperones may be permitted to participate, space dependent, for a small additional fee. There will never be more than 10 chaperones (including teachers/group leaders) per 30 youth permitted to attend a program.

Lunch is not provided during CFS Day Programs; program time can be given for groups that bring lunches.



Program Options

Canyon Glimpses

Length: 3 hours

Cost: $600 (per 30 students)
$150.00 non-refundable deposit due at booking. Balance due 30 days out.

Start time: 9:00am or 12:00pm

Can be booked 7 days a week!

Includes: Fun in-depth Grand Canyon Activities; Park Educational Entrance Fee Waiver

Canyon Encounters

Length: 5 hours

Cost: $800 (per 30 students)
$150.00 non-refundable deposit due at booking. Balance due 30 days out.

Start time: 10:00am

Can be booked 7 days a week!

Includes: Fun in-depth Grand Canyon Activities; Park Educational Entrance Fee Waiver

Program Topics

What We Protect

This introductory program welcomes youth to the park and gives them an awesome first glimpse of Grand Canyon. During a short Rim Trail walk, canyon naturalists share five resources that make Grand Canyon important and the role the National Park Service plays to serve and protect natural spaces.

Subjects covered: conservation, natural resources, park history

Geology Journey

Dive into the geology of Grand Canyon! From the over a billion year-old Vishnu schist  layer to the more recent Kaibab limestone, students will learn about the different rocks that make up Grand Canyon and how they were formed. A study of fossils will also allow students to discover how the world changed over time with those layers!

Subjects covered: Geology; rock types, layers of the Canyon, paleontology, fossils, how the Canyon was formed


Ancient Stories ... Coming Soon

Humans have been calling Grand Canyon home for over 10,000 years! This program focuses on the human history of the Canyon through a study of what people have left behind. From the early Native American tribes, to European settlers, to current life in the Canyon, students will learn about the struggles and successes of living in Grand Canyon.


Subjects covered: Human history; anthropology, Native history, modernization, park history


 Canyon Lives!

Very few places on earth are as ecologically diverse as Grand Canyon. High elevation, the Colorado River, and desert conditions have created several unique ecosystems. This in-depth ecology program is an up close look at all the biodiversity Grand Canyon has to offer. The Canyon’s mountain lions, California condors, Bighorn sheep, and other charismatic megafauna are only part of the story!


Subjects covered: Ecology; animal adaptations, habitats comparisons, animal conservation, food webs, plant life



Canyon Field School Programs can be booked throughout the year!

Small Print

Availability - Canyon Field School programs are subject to availability, weather, and camp conditions.
Fees - $150.00 deposit due at time of booking. Balance due no later than 30 days before program start date.
Paperwork - All student and chaperone paperwork must be sent more than 30 days prior to the program start date.
Cancellation - If you cancel more than 30 days before a program start date a full refund--minus your $150 non-refundable deposit-- will be issued. Less than 30 days, no refund will be issued. If Canyon Field School must cancel for any reason, a full refund will be issued, including your $150 non-refundable deposit.

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