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 to the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter without prior arrangement with Swaner Education staff. Self-guided field trips are available for groups of less than 15 children, but scheduling must be done in advance. A $2 fee per child will be charged for self-guided field trips.
Thanks to continued support from Park City Mountain and Vail Resorts EpicPromise, Swaner is able to offer a free field trip and classroom visit for every public 4th grade class in Summit County and Wasatch County.
|Field Trip Date||Booking Begins|
|Fall Field Trips: September 1 through October 31st||June 1st|
|Winter Field Trips: January 1 through March 31st||September 1st|
|Spring Field Trips: April 1st through end of academic year||January 1st|
Field trips start times can be scheduled any time between 8 am and 4 pm. Field trips typically run 2 hours, but can be shortened to 1.5 hours, if necessary.
Classroom visits start times can be scheduled any time between 8 am and 4 pm. Classroom visits last between 1 and 1.5 hours, depending on the grade and topic.
Fees and Payment
Field trips: $2 per student for all school groups of 20+ students, including afterschool programs.
Please note: Field trips for groups of less than 20 students will be treated as a private group. See the private field trip section for information on cost.
Classroom visits: $25 per class for all school groups, including afterschool programs.
4th grade teachers in Summit and Wasatch Counties, please see the Summit and Wasatch County 4th Grade Field Trip program section for information on free classroom visits and field trips.
Field Trip Topics and Curriculum
• Preschool: available upon request.
• Kindergarten: weather, seasons, making observations using the 5 senses
• 1st grade: seasons, similarities between parents and offspring, making observations using 5 senses, lifecycles
• 2nd grade: characteristics of rocks, how physical appearance and behaviors help an animal survive
• 3rd grade: living and nonliving things
• 4th grade: water cycle, animal adaptations, wetlands and Utah habitats, classification of Utah plants and animals
• 5th grade: weather and erosion, traits from parents to offspring,
• 6th grade: ecosystems
• 7th – 12th grades: available upon request.
Summit and Wasatch County 4th Grade Field Trip Program
Thanks to continued support from Park City Resort and 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-March, and field trips are typically scheduled from April-June. In addition to covering the cost of the field trip, 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 be in touch with you within 7 days to discuss your request. Filling out the Google form is NOT a confirmation of your field trip or classroom visit. If the date you are requesting is less than 2 weeks away, please contact Katherine Veeder at (435)797-8942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates and Times
Field trips for private groups, such as Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, youth groups, etc. are available September through May. Field trips are only available on weekdays. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any weekend field trips. Field trips start times can be scheduled any time between 9 am and 5 pm. Private field trips last 1.5 hours.
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 field trips 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 be in touch with you within 7 days to discuss your request. Filling out the Google form is NOT a confirmation of your field trip. If the date you are requesting is less than 2 weeks away, please contact Katherine Veeder at (435)797-8942 or email@example.com.
|Field Trip Date||Booking Opens|
|September 1-October 31||June 1|
|January 1-March 31||September 1|
|April 1-end of academic year||January 1|
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 a school cancels less than 7 days prior the field trip, a $35 cancellation fee is due at that time.
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 $35 cancellation fee is due at that time. Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter staff may also cancel a scheduled program with at least 24 hours of notice due to inclement weather that would affect travel conditions for Swaner staff or participating schools.
Name: Katherine Veeder
Position: Director of Education
The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter free field trips are made possible by funding from Vail EpicPromise, selected by our local resort, Park City. These educational programs are additionally supported by Chevron.