Richardson Grove State Park

Book an in-person field trip for Richardson Grove State Park

In-Person field trips are available at Richardson Grove State Park for both guided and self-guided field trips. See below for details:

A self-guided field trip is independently facilitated by K-12 educators, chaperones or youth program group leaders without the support of California State Park staff. (See the calendar below for details)

A guided field trip is facilitated by California State Park Interpreters who's work is focused on sharing the natural, cultural, and historical resources for the park. (See below for details)

Guided Field Trips

Join us for a 2-3 hour guided field trip at Richardson Grove State Park! Before your field trip, you will get to choose activities that will fit the unit standards and needs of your class. Students will learn about the park’s natural and cultural heritage by exploring our redwood forests, its habitats, stories, and places. From the Eel River watershed to women’s redwood conservation herstory, old-growth redwood forests have something for everyone.

Field trips generally include:

  • An introduction to the park,

  • A guided nature walk,

  • 1-2 educational, physical, or creative activities of your choosing*!

Field trips are hosted entirely outdoors, with some opportunities to sit under covered shelter if necessary. Be prepared for hikes and activities in the forest. Our interpreters are very flexible and happy to design an experience for you and your students.

Field Trips are available throughout the school year. Guided field trips typically take 2-3 hours to complete, with a maximum group size of 50 students and a preferred adult to student ratio of 1:10.

Self-Guided Field Trips

Self-Guided Field Trips are facilitated independently by K-12 educators, chaperones, and youth program leaders without the support of California State Park staff.

During your field trip, you are more than welcome to explore the park whilst following established park rules. Upon completion of your field trip reservation, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to prepare for and reflect on your field trip.

For your field trip, we recommend one of the following areas to visit:

  • Easy Hikes: Grove Nature Trail & Exhibit Trail

  • The Bat Tree (located on the backside of the Visitor Center facing the highway).

  • Eel River & River Day Use Area ( Be cautious of currents!).

  • Campfire Center

  • Moderate Hikes: Woodland Loop Trail(1.6mi) and Lookout Point Trail (1.7mi) .

If you have any immediate questions or concerns please contact or

Richardson Grove Official Park Webpage

See below to schedule your program!

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