Field Trip Essentials

Field Trip Essentials

Don’t Be Caught Unprepared!

The following tips will help teachers, students and chaperones get ready for your field trip to Cape Perpetua or the Oregon Dunes. A condensed checklist of what a well-prepared teacher and a well-prepared student should bring can be found at the bottom of this page.

Tip #1 Be Prepared for Cool Wet Weather

Rain jackets, warm clothes, and extra clothes are mandatory for each individual. Sturdy shoes are also necessary for any kind of hiking! Everyone student should bring a daypack for his/her extra clothes.


The majority of schools come in the spring and fall seasons; both of which can vary in temperature and types of precipitation. Visits to the intertidal involve getting up close and personal with tide pools and the Pacific Ocean. While we do our best to keep everyone high and dry, accidents do happen.

Sturdy shoes with non-slip soles  are important for hiking in the forest and in the intertidal. The forest hiking trails can be slick when wet and walking in the intertidal involves crossing rough basalt lava flows. Sandals and flip flops are not appropriate. We encourage hiking boots.

For current weather conditions visit the National Weather Service.

Tip #2 Bring Trash Bags!

Lunch clean-up and sometimes for wet weather!


School groups need to be prepared to clean up after themselves following lunches and snacks.

Trash bags have been known to serve as makeshift ponchos for ill-prepared students.

Tip #3 Bring and drink WATER!!


You will feel better and have more energy if you drink lots of water. There is a water fountain at the Visitor Center to fill water bottles.

Please have each student and every chaperone bring a bottle of water with them in their backpack.



The Well-Prepared Teacher
  • Meet with teachers and chaperones before your scheduled field trip
  • Review your schedule and chaperone duties and expectations
  • Make sure your chaperones are aware of what students they are specifically responsible for during the trip (providing a list of the names of students in their group is helpful)
  • Personal all-weather clothing
    • Clothes
    • Sunscreen
    • Trash Bags
    • Food
    • Water
    • Copy of registration, itinerary, lesson plan etc.
The Well-Prepared Student (and Chaperone)
  • Warm clothes (sweater, pants)
  • Rain jacket
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Extra clothes (socks, shirt, pants)
  • Sturdy shoes (flip flops, heels or sandals not recommended)
  • Your willingness to learn and your SMILE!!
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Water bottle

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