An Adventure in Education!
The Living Desert provides an introduction to desert ecology to thousands of school children each year.
We are pleased to offer a variety of fascinating events, exhibits, and desert animals for your adventure and learning experience. We also provide Teacher Resource Guides for all grade levels aligned to meet California State Curriculum Standards and The Living Desert’s mission.
(See the downloadable materials on our “Self-Guided Field Trips” page)
Exciting Events and Exhibits to Experience on your Field Trip:
- Carousel Ride – Ride your favorite animal.
- Lorikeets! Winged Wonders – Experience lorikeets as they fly around you and even land on you.
- Giraffe Feeding – Learn about giraffes and have an opportunity to feed one.
- Petting Kraal – Brush & groom a dwarf African goat.
- Model Train Exhibit – Visit our massive G-Scale model trains.
- Camel Rides – Go on an African Safari on a camel.
- Giant Ant Farm – See if you can find the queen.
- Reptile Shows – Explore and touch some of our desert critters.
- Live Animal Encounters – Get up close and personal.
- Discovery Center – Hands-on exploration of how deserts were formed.
- Gecko Gulch Play Land – Fun, native play for kids of all ages.
- Trails & Natural Wildlife – Discover nature on the wild side.
- Wildlife Hospital – Watch wild animal examinations!
- Village WaTuTu – Discover an African village and African animals.
- Desert Botanical Gardens – Explore the beauty of many desert plants
- Guardians of The Living Desert Show – The shows will feature life-size Dinosaur Puppets and some up-close and personal look at some of our fascinating animal ambassadors at the Tennity Amphitheater. (The show is subject to cancellation in hot or inclement weather).
- Gift Shops – Fun gifts for all ages.
Field Trip Information:
- Picnic areas available.
- There is no time limit, stay until the park closes if you’d like.
- Zoo Zone Self-Guided Field Trips are available all day Monday – Friday, priced at $6.00 each for students grades Pre-K through 12.
- Groups of 10 students’ minimum or more are invited to book a Zoo Zone Self-Guided Field Trip at our discounted rates.
- $9.00 each for adult chaperones and teachers.
- Educators may make arrangements to visit the park in advance to finalize lesson plans at no charge.
- Coachella Valley Public Schools K-12 may apply for a Scholarship to help pay for entrance fees.
- We offer free parking for buses and cars.
We hope you are able to take advantage of this exciting educational program, which allows educators to book tours to The Living Desert at a special discount. For more details or to book a field trip, please call the Education Department at 760-346-5694 ext. 2519 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.Register for field trips