Field Trips

NOTE: Field trips for the 2016-17 school year are currently booked. Please check back again in March 2017 for 2017-18 field trip availability.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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
9:00am - 12:30pm
Maximum group size per day: 3 classes (75 students)

Groups bringing 3 classes will generally be offered a Tuesday field trip date.  Smaller groups with 1 or 2 classes will generally be offered a Wednesday field trip date.

Programs

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 three 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

Number of classes (of up to 25 students)            Fee per class

One class (one day)                                   $250
Two classes (one day)                                $400
Three classes (one day)    
                         $550
Four classes (two days)    
                          $700
Five classes (two days)        
                       $850
Six classes (two days)    
                           $1000

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 2016-2017 school year field trips will begin on April 11, 2016 and the registration window will continue until April 29, 2016.  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 to determine which schools are offered field trips.  You will be notified by email of the lottery results and your status by May 13, 2016.  If no lottery is necessary, registration will remain open until all dates are booked.

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 60% 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.

Important Info

Chaperones

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:

  1. Be safe and always walk.
  2. Be friendly to other people and take turns.
  3. 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.

Other Visitors

Please note that the Museum is closed to the general public during Tuesday field trips, but open to the public on all other days.

Extending Your Field Trip

Are you interested in making a day of your trip?  We partner with Snoopy’s Home Ice to offer discounted afternoon ice skating to field trip groups, as space allows.  Please indicate your interest in ice skating on your Field Trip Request Form.

Do you have a question that we didn’t answer?  

Please read our Field Trip Frequently Asked Questions, or email fieldtrips@cmosc.org, or call the Museum at 707-546-4069.

 

Field Trip Calendar

Please check the calendar for available field trip dates: