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For Teachers

Whether you have visited us previously or are planning your first visit, the following information is provided to help you before, during, and after your field trip to Elkus Ranch. 

Our staff can best serve your students' special interests if you will complete the first two sections of this KWL activity and bring it with you on the day of your trip. A copy of this activity will also be provided with your confirmation letter when you book a field trip. The third column will help you evaluate student learning when you return from your visit.  

KWL     Sample KWL

School group in front of bus at Conference Center

Information to Give to Parents:

This letter for parents will provide them with information about their child's visit to the ranch. It includes information about what to wear, what to bring, where to park, and how to help as a chaperone.  

If the weather forecast indicates rain, please remind parents to send children with rain gear and boots if they have them. The ranch has a few raincoats and a few pairs of boots to loan for those who arrive completely unprepared for wet weather. The majority of the ranch programs take place outdoors.  

Letter to Parents                Letter to Parents (Spanish)   


We love hearing from students and teachers. If you have additional ideas to share or suggestions for us, please let us know!

Participation Waiver Form

All children and adults visiting Elkus Ranch to participate in an educational program, provide community service, or attend a group event must provide a signed waiver.Teachers and group leaders receive a copy of the waiver with their program confirmation letter and are instructed to distribute the form to all parents and children before arriving to Elkus Ranch.  

A copy of the form can be downloaded here:  

Elkus Ranch Waiver [English]

Elkus Ranch Waiver [Spanish]

Field Trip Funding

Information for Educators

Many organizations provide grants and scholarships for educators to fund their school's field trips. We have compiled a list of a few noteworthy organizations that may be able to provide funding for your group's trip to Elkus Ranch. 

Visit this page to learn more.