Learn and play at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County! Take your students on a field trip to remember! We offer immersive, standards-based trips that present science concepts through a fun hands-on experience. From fishing in the Russian River exhibit to discovering habitats in Mary’s Garden to imaginative play in our Science and Imagination Gallery, there is so much to explore!
The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County offers 2 types of programs at our site for groups with children ages 2 years through 2nd grade:
- Self Guided Group Visits: For more information on our self-guided group visits where visitors can enjoy the museum at their own pace, please see our Group Visits page.
- Docent-led Field Trips: For more information about our exciting, docent-led, standards-based field trips, continue reading.
Photos courtesy of Rick Tang and Annette Cigliutti
School Field Trip Basics
Select Tuesday and Wednesday mornings throughout the school year
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Maximum group size per day: Tuesday 3 classes (75 students), Wednesday 2 classes (50 students)
Designed to correlate with Next Generation Science Standards, field trips to the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County are a memorable and educational experience. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff have years of experience in the field of education and have designed our field trip curriculum to promote learning through hands-on exploration and play. During your field trip, your students will…
Rotate through two learning stations where students learn about science with engaging docents and immediately put concepts into practice with hands-on learning
Enjoy free exploration time with their chaperones to explore and interact with exhibits throughout the museum that pique their interest
Choose from the following programs for your field trip visit:
Life Cycles and Adaptations: Grades TK - 2
Animals and plants all have unique adaptations that allow them to thrive. Choose this program and your students will rotate through three learning stations covering topics such as bees, worms & composting, animal habitats, seeds, and/or animal senses & sound.
Physics Fun: Grades TK - 2
The world around us is an exciting place waiting to be explored. Choose this program and your students will rotate through three learning stations covering topics such as light, water, forces, sound & vibrations, and/or air.
Sprouts and Stories: Preschool, TK, Classes with Special Needs
This program invites young learners and classes with special needs to explore the Museum through hands-on play, story time and one learning station (usually worms & composting in our garden)
Field Trip Pricing
- $10 per student
- Payment for field trips is due on the day of the visit.
- The Museum requires a minimum of 1 chaperone for every 5 students on a field trip (1:5 ratio). You may bring as many as 1 chaperone for every 3 students (1:3 ratio). Chaperones and teachers in a 1:3 ratio are included in the cost of the trip. Additional chaperones pay the regular entrance fee.
Field Trip Registration
Registration for 2017 - 18 school year field trips will run from April 10, 2017 - August 18, 2017. Schools may submit a request anytime during the registration window - it is not first-come-first-served. If the Museum receives more requests than we can accommodate, we will hold a lottery on August 18, 2017 to determine which schools are offered field trips. You will be notified of your status by the end of August.
*Please no phone calls or emails about your status prior to the end of August.
Field Trip Scholarships
Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors, we can offer a limited number of scholarships to schools who need assistance accessing our field trip programs. Schools demonstrating a 40% or higher socio-economically disadvantaged population are eligible for consideration. If your school wishes to be considered, please indicate accordingly on the Field Trip Request Form.
Chaperones play an important part in making your field trip day smooth and fun. Encourage your chaperones to engage with students and keep cell phone use to a minimum. We ask chaperones not to bring younger siblings, so that they may fully engage with the field trip students. Please familiarize chaperones with our three rules so they can help students:
- Be safe and always walk.
- Be friendly to other people and take turns.
- Be kind to our exhibits.
What to Wear
Visits to the Museum are hands-on, immersive, outdoor experiences where students are encouraged to explore our garden and play in our water-feature area. Please be prepared that students may get a little bit dirty or a little bit wet and have them dress appropriately.
Lunches and Snacks
Bring your own snacks and lunches and enjoy them at our outdoor tables. We do not have food service or indoor eating areas available at the Museum. In consideration of guests with nut allergies, please do not bring nut products into the Museum.
Please note that the Museum is closed to the general public during Tuesday field trips, but open to the public on all other days.