School Field Trips

The Iowa Architectural Foundation is fortunate to have architects and intern architects available during the academic year to provide guided walking tours of downtown Des Moines for students. Our tour for school groups lasts approximately one hour and is best suited for those in 3rd grade or higher. The route is a circular loop in the central business district. Students on these tours are provided with an activity – a scavenger hunt to find architectural details and elements along the tour route.

There is a nominal cost of $30 per class. A class is defined as 25 students. There is no charge for teachers, paraprofessionals, or parents/chaperones. We do ask teachers to contact the IAF at least two months in advance to allow the Foundation sufficient time to recruit volunteers.

To request a student tour, please call 515-244-1888 or e-mail