School Programs

Field Trips and Classroom Visits

Swaner’s school programs enhance science learning experiences by providing hands-on activities and exploration. Each program offering is aligned with Utah SEEd Standards and serve to enhance students’ classroom learning experiences. 

Through generous support from the Utah State Board of Education, the iSEE program, and community donors, we are able to offer a limited number of free field trips for Title I Utah Public and Charter schools each school year. These free programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Booking a School Program

For additional information about different offerings, explore our programs below.

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Program Date Booking Begins
September 1st through December 31st August 1st
January 1st through March 31st September 1st
April 1st through June 10th January 1st
Field Trips
(25+ students)

Field trips for 25 or more students are two hours in length, but can be shortened to 1.5 hours if necessary. Students will engage in a SEEd aligned activity, a nature walk or snowshoe on the Preserve, and explore of Swaner’s exhibits. The cost is $3 per student. A maximum of 75 students can be accommodated per field trip.

Field Trips
(less than 25 students) 

Field trips for fewer than 25 students are an hour and a half in length. Students will engage in a SEEd aligned activity, a nature walk or snowshoe tour on the Preserve, and explore of Swaner’s exhibits. The cost is $50 for up to 10 students, then $5 for each additional student.

Classroom
Visits

If a field trip is not possible, we are happy to bring the Preserve to your classroom! Students will engage in a SEEd aligned activity. Classroom visits are 1 hour in length. The cost is $25 per class. Classes cannot be combined for visits. 

Field Trips
for Non-School Groups

Field trips are available for non-school groups, including Scouts, church groups, and other youth development organizations. Field trips are an hour and a half in length. Participants will engage in a themed activity, a nature walk or snowshoe on the Preserve, and explore Swaner’s exhibits. The cost is $50 for up to 10 participants, then $5 for each additional participant. 

Cancellation Policy

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.

Sponsors

Thanks to generous support from Park City Mountain and Vail Resorts EpicPromise we are able to offer a free field trip or classroom visit to every 1st and 4th grade in Summit and Wasatch counties enrolled in public and charter schools.

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Contact Information

Name: Katherine Veeder
Position: Director of Education
E-mail: katherine.veeder@usu.edu
Phone: 435-797-8942

Location, Hours & Contact

Physical & Mailing Address
1258 Center Drive
Park City, Utah 84098

EcoCenter Hours
Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
We are closing early on Saturday, August 10 at 1 PM.

Phone
435-649-1767

Events

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