Field Trips

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Bring Your Lessons to Life with a Field Trip to The Field Museum

Visit over two dozen exhibits to journey to another place and time, experience a new culture, study real artifacts and specimens, and engage with Field Museum scientists and educators along the way. Illinois school groups receive free general admission with pre-registration and can experience ticketed exhibitions and 3D movies at a discounted rate. Get started mapping your focused field trip today by exploring popular content connections, planning student learning experiences, or reviewing our Field Trip Planning Guide.


Curiosity Stations

Join us this fall as we pilot new activity stations designed to engage students in a 10-minute activity to help focus their exploration on a compelling question or phenomena as they investigate a related exhibition. Drop in anytime during your visit from 10:30am-12:30pm. Curiosity stations will be piloted from September 8 - December 10, 2015. Beginning January 25, 2016, you can try them all on Mondays through Thursdays.


Human Needs and Heritage

Tuesdays 10:30am- 12:30pm in September and November, Mondays through Thursdays 10:30am- 12:30pm in 2016

Students will explore objects from local cultures to find common human needs and bring awareness of human unity and cultural diversity. Students can then visit the Americas exhibitions to discover connections to their own lives. This activity is targeted for grades 3-5, but all grades welcome.

It’s Alive! (or Not)

Tuesdays 10:30am- 12:30pm in October and December of 2015, Mondays through Thursdays 10:30am- 12:30pm in 2016

Students will sort through picture cards as a team to discover which items are alive and which are not alive. Using the power of discussion and reasoning, they will solve the question. As you travel on through the Nature Walk exhibition, students can use their new reasoning skills to answer teacher and chaperone questions. This activity is targeted for K-2 grade, but all grades are welcome.

What Skin Were They in?

Wednesdays 10:30am- 12:30pm in 2015, Mondays through Thursdays 10:30am- 12:30pm in 2016

Looking at the fossilized bones of ancient creatures, we first notice their enormous size, but how was their skin adapted to protect them in different environments? Students will observe adaptations in dinosaur models and investigate how their unusual traits may have helped them survive. Then traveling through Evolving Planet, students can match other creature traits to possible habitats. This activity is targeted for grades 3-5, but all grades are welcome.

Unwrapping the Secrets of Ancient Egypt

Thursdays 10:30am- 12:30pm in 2015, Mondays through Thursdays 10:30am- 12:30pm in 2016 

How do scientists know so much about this mastaba created approximately 5,000 years ago? Help decipher the hieroglyphs, and test your skills by cracking messages in modern day pictographs. Then travel through the ancient tomb to look for more clues about the life of the mummified man for whom this mastaba was originally built. This activity is targeted for grades 6-8, but all grades are welcome. 

Discovery Squad

Fridays 10:00am - 2:00pm

Meet the Field Museum Discovery Squad! Get a peek behind the curtain, and learn the inside scoop about the collections in our vaults. The Discovery Squad team will show you real objects from our collection and answer your questions. You might get to talk to a real scientist, hold a bird specimen, compare vicious sets of animal teeth, or learn the amazing stories that make our collections unique and important. Keep an eye out for their dark green shirts, and don't be shy - they can't wait to tell you about our amazing treasures! 


Beyond the Field Trip 

If you would like to get more involved with The Field Museum, receive support on implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), create object-based investigations in your classroom, or have a live scientist video feed in your classroom, this is the place for you. 

N.W. Harris Learning Collection

With over 400 unique exhibit cases (mini-dioramas) and 60 unique experience boxes (hands-on kits), this resource can make any lesson plan come to life. You don’t have to take our word for it. Check out our video to see how teachers use the Learning Collection in their classrooms.

Teacher Professional Development

Engage in with other educators in hands-on workshops, plan an in-service day, or become an ambassador for The Field at your school. Our Teacher Professional Development programs equip educators with tools for engaging students in authentic and immersive learning experiences at the Museum and back in the classroom. 

Virtual Visits

Bring Field Museum science directly into your classroom through LIVE video broadcasts from The Field Museum. Take a sneak peek at an Ask a Scientist broadcast!


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