*NOTICE: All docent-led field trip spaces are booked for the 2017 - 2018 school year (the waitlist is also full). Registration for 2018-19 will start June 4th, 2018.
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!
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
*NOTICE: Registration for 2018-2019 school year field trips will begin on June 4, 2018 and the registration window will continue until August 18, 2018. 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 August 31, 2018.
We have some spaces available for self-guided Group Visits, please see Group Visits for more information.
*Please no phone calls or emails about Field Trips for this school year.
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.
Information for Bus Drivers
Buses must drop-off and pick-up in the Museum's parking lot, near the front entrance of the Museum.
Please note that the Museum does not have bus parking in our parking lot. Buses will need to park at Coddingtown Mall if they are waiting for students.