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Hardware Ranch winter field trips

Learn about special school field trip opportunities

Thank you for your interest in visiting the DWR's Hardware Ranch WMA with your K-12 school group. All field trips must be scheduled in advance. Winter field trips begin in January and run through February. Interpretive presentations may be arranged for other groups by reservation, as staffing and schedules allow.

All field trips canceled due to COVID-19

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we are currently unsure if we will be hosting school programs during the 2020–21 season. Check back here in December for an update.

Read below for more information. If you have questions, please email Marni Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How to reserve a field trip

All field trips are by reservation only, and available on Fridays, January through February. Time slots for field trips are available as early as 9:30 a.m. and no later than 10:00 a.m. The winter field trip is designed to last between 1.5–2 hours. Reserving your time slot helps us ensure that your visit won't conflict with any other major uses of the facility. Hardware Ranch WMA is not able to accommodate any school groups that arrive without a reservation. These slots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum number of students per field trip is 100. A minimum of one adult chaperone is needed for every 10 students (teachers included). More chaperones might be necessary for younger students, as determined by the teacher. Hardware Ranch WMA is not able to accommodate younger siblings who visit with parent chaperones.

The winter field trip aligns with Utah's Fourth Grade Science Core. Students will learn about the DWR's Hardware Ranch WMA and the elk that winter there, as they explore the visitor center before it opens to the public. Hands-on learning activities and games help students learn about wildlife species that can be found in northern Utah. The will also enjoy wagon ride through a herd of wild Rocky Mountain elk.

On the date of your field trip, a staff member or volunteer will welcome your group and provide an introduction to the site. The group will be divided to facilitate smaller group rotation between three or four educational activities.

To reserve a field trip, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Pick your preferred Friday to visit

Morning time slots for field trips are available on Fridays, beginning as early as 9:30 a.m., but not after 10:00 a.m. If you have more than 100 students in your group, you'll need to split your group and choose two separate occasions to visit. If you have fewer than 20 students, please join with another small group or two. You must have at least 20 students before requesting a field trip.

Step 2: Request a field trip at least two weeks in advance

To request a field trip, email Marni Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your preferred date and start time. She will respond to you as soon as possible. Keep in mind that requesting a date does not guarantee a reservation. When your time and date are finalized, you'll receive a confirmation email that contains detailed information pertaining to your trip. Step 3: Plan your field trip for success

The cost of a field trip is $1 per student for the elk viewing ride. Teachers are responsible to make their own travel arrangements for their group, such as reserving buses, and for any associated logistics. On the day of the ride, you can pay for the field trip using cash, a check or a credit or debit card. If possible, please bring cash or a check to pay for the wagon rides in case the Internet service is down and credit or debit card payments are not available. Hardware Ranch WMA cannot accept purchase orders, generate invoices or accept pre-payments.

Lunch accommodations are available in our auxiliary building and require reservations when you reserve your field trip. Field trip lunches must conclude by noon, when Hardware Ranch WMA opens the facility to the public. Hardware Ranch WMA practices a leave no trace lunch. Teachers and students are expected to wipe down tables, vacuum and haul all trash off site on the bus. Please note, lunch accommodations are rustic. The building is poorly heated, poorly ventilated and has low light levels.

Even though our staff members and volunteers are trained in group management techniques, the teachers and chaperones of your group are responsible for student behavior. Please ensure that students are respectful of the facility, wildlife and staff members at all times. Groups that display significant negative behaviors may be asked to leave early.

School field trip group rates
  • K-12 Student — $1 per student
  • Teacher — $1 per teacher
  • Adult chaperone — $1 per adult (1–10; any additional adults $5)
Will staff visit my school?

The DWR does not offer in-school visits from Hardware Ranch WMA staff or volunteers for activities or presentations.

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