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Dogwood Canyon Field Trip EdVentures





Field Trips at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

At Dogwood Canyon we aim to inspire the next generation of conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts. Our 10,000-acre paradise focuses on protecting the natural environment and its wildlife and plant life by promoting the acquiring and maintaining of ecologically significant, undeveloped land to benefit the general public. Aside from a few amenities to make Dogwood Canyon Nature Park more accessible to our guests, the rugged landscape has been left untouched and, with just a little imagination, you can travel back to a time when European settlers first entered the area or, even further, to explore the mark that Native Americans left on these Missouri hills and hollows.

Park Admission Only
(self-guided tour)
Conservation Classroom EdVenture
(must purchase park admission)
Conservation Forest Ecosystem EdVenture
(must purchase park admission)
Conservation Stream Ecosystem EdVenture
(must purchase park admission)
$5 Student
$5 Chaperone*
$10 Additional Adults
$3 Student
$3 Chaperone*
$3 Additional Adults

$5 Student
$5 Chaperone*
$5 Additional Adult

$5 Student
$5 Chaperone*
$5 Additional Adult

*Required/limit 1 chaperone per 8 students; additional adults must pre-pay the school to receive the above rates


         Important Information

  • Please submit your field trip request with a minimum of 30 days' advance notice.
  • Dogwood Canyon requires a chaperone ration of 1 adult per 8 students.
  • Chaperones must be 21 year or older. Teachers, please fill the chaperone tickets first.
  • Additional adults wishing to attend the field trip may purchase a ticket for the "Additional Chaperone' rate listed above. These tickets must be purchased by the school. Any parent wishing to join must pre-pay the school.
  • At check-in, please provide one (1) form of payment and include all students, chaperones and additional chaperones.
  • Memberships may not be applied to student or chaperone tickets.


Park Admission Only
10 Student Minimum | No Student Maximum

Explore Dogwood Canyon on your terms. Follow the paved trail as it passes by towering bluffs and waterfalls, crosses over beautifully crafted stone bridges, and stops to see rainbow trout in crystal clear waters. Bring a packed lunch, then visit our educational Nature & Conservation Center and the Treehouse built by Animal Planet's TV Show, Treehouse Masters. 

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Conservation Classroom EdVenture (Available for Kindergarten – 6th Grade)
20 Student Minimum | 80 Student Maximum

Introduce or expand your students' knowledge with this dynamic classroom program. Classroom EdVentures are 30 – 45 minutes long and are designed to meet the Missouri curriculum standards and engage students in hands-on and exciting ways. The program will begin with a 10 to 15-minute lecture followed

Choose a topic…

     Food Chains and Ecosystems

o   Objectives:  Students will learn about Forest, Prairie, and Pond ecosystems. Students will also look at how plants and animals within those ecosystems interact within a food chain. This program includes a hands-on food chain building activity.

     Built to Survive:  How plants are adapted to their ecosystems

o   Objectives:  Students will learn about adaptations and how specialized structures of plants help them to survive by examining the different characteristics of real leaf samples.

     Animal Adaptations & Skull Investigation

o   Objectives:  Students will learn how animals are adapted to their specific environment and how an animal's skull can reveal clues about an animals diet and behavior

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Conservation Forest Ecosystem EdVenture (Available for 2nd – 6th Grade)
20 Student Minimum | 180 Student Maximum

*this program includes a 10 to 15-minute hike to the classroom site

Students will hike into the trailside activity space where they will be split into groups and rotate through 3 to 4 hands-on activity stations that challenge them to observe the living and non-living components of this unique ecosystem.  This nearly half mile round trip hike is an immersive nature experience that uses the Missouri Department of Conservation's Discover Nature Curriculum.

Activity Stations

  Food Chain Survey & Life on the Forest Floor

   Look & Listen: What do you See and Hear?

  Draw Your Ecosystem: Observe Everything

  What's the Difference? A Plant Comparison

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Conservation Stream Ecosystem EdVenture (Available for 3rd – 12th Grade)
20 Student Minimum | 100 Student Maximum

*this program includes a 10 to 15-minute hike to the classroom site

Students will learn how aquatic invertebrates can be used as an indicator of water quality and the important role they play in the stream ecosystem.  Students will split into groups so that some can enter the stream to collect aquatic insects, crawfish and other invertebrates, while others on the bank will work to identify what their classmates have gathered. *Close-toed shoes that strap to the feet must be worn for this program. Old tennis shoes, Chaco’s or water shoes are acceptable. Participants may also want to bring extra shoes and clothes to change into afterwards.

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To request a field trip, please fill out the field trip request form at the top of this page.


Call: 417-225-1139



Dogwood Canyon Camps

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Dogwood Canyon Educational Programs

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