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Field Trip Guide

Help Your Chaperones Meet Your Goals!

Start here to create an editable and printable document that outlines your field trip itinerary, learning goals, student questions, etc.


a. Below, filter Museum offerings by grade level and learning goal.

b. Select up to 4 offerings to add to your field trip guide. Your selections will be shown on the right.

c. Click the "Get Your Guide" button.

In Your Guide

Step 1: Offerings


74 Results

The following activity sheets match one or more of your selections.

  • Hands-On Laboratory

    Hands-On Laboratory

    Explore scientific concepts through hands-on experiments in a real laboratory setting. Trained volunteers provide a rotating schedule of activities that are available for drop-in.

    • Recommended for Grades 3 - 12
    • Red Wing, Lower Level

    Starting Points

    • What kinds of scientific questions did you investigate in the lab?
    • Did you use any scientific equipment?
  • Humpback Whales

    Humpback Whales

    This ocean adventure tracks scientists as they seek answers about this giant mammal. Once on the brink of extinction, humpback whales have made a breathtaking recovery, and we have a role in protecting them.

    • Recommended for Grades 3 - 12
    • Red Wing, Level 1

    Starting Points

    • What methods do scientists use to study whales?
    • What factors have helped humpback whales survive?
  • Investigate!


    Conserving energy not only helps save our precious natural resources, it also saves money. Explore how your household spends its energy "budget" and discover the changes you can make that will deliver the greatest savings.

    • Recommended for Grades K - 12
    • Blue Wing, Level 2

    Starting Points

    • What kinds of choices can you make in your home to save energy?
  • Investigate! A See-for-Yourself Exhibit

    Investigate! A See-for-Yourself Exhibit

    This highly interactive exhibit gives students practice in thinking like scientists. We provide equipment and materials to do a variety of investigations, as well as some ideas on how to get started. From there, it’s up to you to decide where to go!

    • Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 8
    • Blue Wing, Level 2

    Starting Points

    • Think like a scientist! What questions do you have about the world around you? How could you answer them?
    • What questions can you explore in this exhibit?
  • Investigation Station

    Investigation Station

    Think like a scientist as you gather evidence and look for answers. Investigation activities vary daily from chemistry investigations to making your own electricity. Stop by and try them yourself!

    • Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 12
    • Blue Wing, Level 2

    Starting Points

    • What kinds of variables did you change in your investigation?
  • Journey to Space

    Journey to Space

    In the past half century, humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked on the Moon, and lived in orbit. In the coming decades, our unquenchable curiosity will take our species beyond the cradle of Earth to touch the face of another world. Strap in for the next giant leap. Next stop … Mars! Learn about NASA's accomplishments, including the launch of the Space Shuttle Program and what's still to come. Along the way, you'll meet a former astronaut who had the privilege of leaving the planet and a new one looking forward to her first journey into space. Plus, see the eye-popping technology that will bring humans to Mars and allow us to spend time on the red planet safely.

    • Recommended for Grades 3 - 12
    • Red Wing, Level 1

    Starting Points

    • What challenges have space programs faced in the past?
    • What challenges will they face in the future?
  • Journey to the South Pacific

    Journey to the South Pacific

    Take the journey of a lifetime and swim with the world's largest shark, encounter mysterious creatures like the mimic octopus, and explore the planet's most spectacular coral reefs.

    • Recommended for Grades 3 - 12
    • Red Wing, Level 1

    Starting Points

    • What kinds of animals live in the South Pacific?
    • What makes this envronment unique?
  • Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West

    Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West

    This spectacular documentary traces the 28-month, 8,000-mile search for a northwest passage. Two hundred years after the launch of this expedition, this drama brings to life a great American adventure story. Audiences will experience the danger and beauty of the unknown West as it unfolded before the eyes of Lewis and Clark.

    • Recommended for Grades 3 - 12
    • Mugar Omni Theater

    Starting Points

    • What kinds of obstacles did Lewis and Clark face on their journey and how did they overcome those obstacles?
    • How would their travels be different if they had the technology that we do?
  • Lightning! Presentation

    Lightning! Presentation

    Witness a high-voltage demonstration of electricity created by the world’s largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator, and uncover the similarities between electric and magnetic forces. This world-renowned show will even put you in the middle of an indoor lightning storm!

    • Recommended for Grades 3 - 12
    • Blue Wing, Level 1

    Starting Points

    • What materials are good conductors or insulators of electricity?
    • What can you do to stay safe during a lightning storm?
  • Live Animal Exhibit

    Live Animal Exhibit

    Visit this viewing area for a peek at some of the stars of the Museum's Live Animal presentations. This large window offers an up-close view of what goes on inside. The area features information about the animals on view, the different types of food they eat, and the various living environments that they require.

    • Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 12
    • Red Wing, Lower Level

    Starting Points

    • Check out our live animal collection! What kinds of animal behaviors do you notice?
    • What are some of the characteristics that make each animal unique?