School Programs

Replace classroom walls
with canyon walls

Educating students in the outdoors is what we do best. Our educational adventures are designed to deepen connections between your students and their peers, their surroundings, and their academics.

We know it can be challenging to create an overnight educational experience for your students. With over 35 years of experience, Canyonlands Field Institute offers polished, all-inclusive experiences. Whether you choose from a Land or a River based trip, your adventure will be full of flexible curriculum, hearty meals, and the unique opportunities for reflection and exploration that only Canyon Country can provide.

All programs enable students to disconnect from their everyday lives and connect to each other.

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Up To Date Curriculum

By combining Social and Emotional Learning with hands on science education, our curriculum is specifically designed to deepen connections between students and their surroundings. Our science lessons are framed through SEEd and NGSS standards, and we specialize in creating an experience specifically suited to your educational goals. In addition, our Social and Emotional Learning curriculum intentionally teaches skills in self-management, group awareness, responsible decision making, and communication.

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Experience in Education

CFI has over 35 years of experience leading outdoor expeditions for schools. Our educators bring science to life, connect with students, and provide guidance and technical skill education. Our guides are trained in risk management, first aid, and CPR, and our trip leaders are certified Wilderness First Responders.

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Benefits of a
Non-profit

We strive to provide meaningful outdoor experiences for all students.  Many of our program costs are subsidized through grants, donations, and memberships. Please call us today 435-259-7750 for more information on scholarships and tuition assistance.

Which trip type is right for your students?

Field Camp Style

Our land based program takes place at Professor Valley Field Camp, 40 minutes away from Moab UT. This base camp features tipis and cots for sleeping, flush toilets, and a full camp kitchen for meals. Days begin and end at base camp and are spent exploring the surrounding area.

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Expedition Style

Our River Expeditions take place along the Colorado, Green, and San Juan Rivers. Students camp under the stars and spend the days navigating the river, exploring side canyons, and working as a team to reach the destination, all while learning about the unique geology, ecology, and human history of these iconic river stretches.

We can make it easy.
Let us walk you through the steps.

Alicia

Chaperone, Potomac Mountain School

Thank you for a wonderful program for our students! The diversity in campsites, info, activities, and experiences was super special. And thank you for providing the "larger than me" conversations on their place in the universe and for the fantastic closing circle and appreciation.

Willa

Student, The Sage School

Hands-on learning engages me more.

Jeff

Teacher, Weilenmann School of Discovery

It is a memory [my students] will have for a long time, if not life. Students learn best by doing, and the river trip is the ultimate example of this.

Tea Shea

Student, Aspen Country Day School

I liked learning about how the rocks and mountains came to be in this place.

Camas

Student, The Sage School

like learning outside because I learn more in an environment that I’m comfortable in and its fun to get that hands on experience.

Kloee

Student, Potomac Montana School

I liked learning how to not assume, but to ask or wonder.

Clint

Teacher, Bear River Charter School

All the instructors are amazing and fun humans. Very caring!

Lucy

Student, Weilenmann School of Discovery

like being able to research and find examples.

Jacquline

Student, The Sage School

[At CFI] You have more opportunities to do hands on learning and experience things and ideas in a different way.

Quincy

Teacher, Telluride Mountain School

I loved the watershed lesson. The framing was very clear and effective for the kids and interactive and engaging.

Coco

Student, Aspen Country Day School

This really helped me.

McKenna

Teacher, Telluride Mountain School

Risk management was great on river - water and sunscreen breaks especially.

Lila

Student, The Sage School

I love everything about the natural world!

Mary Kay

Teacher, East Middle School

I loved the construction of the CO plateau. That activity involved so many educational, creative, interpersonal and communication skills. Lots of great geology and geography.

[With] the communication skills, the creative activities, the compassion, the group management skills, all of the leaders were beyond my expectations. Excellent!!