Group Field Trips

 

A field trip to the Science Factory creates a fun and engaging experience for students while helping teachers to meet educational goals. Groups can choose to explore space through a Planetarium show, discover science in depth through a guided lab experience, or visit the Exhibit Hall for self-guided exploration. For more complete science discovery, schedule time for a combination of these activities.

 

 

Reserve your field trip online

 

 

Setting up a field trip to the Science Factory is as easy as 1-2-3!

 

 

1. Choose your field trip experiences.

 

Exhibit Hall: Self-guided exploration of our hands-on exhibits for up to 40 students at once. Exhibit Hall visits last between 45 and 60 minutes. See our current and upcoming exhibits.

 

Planetarium: An immersive visual experience for up to 60 students (70 visitors total) at once. Showtimes vary between 15 and 50 minutes. See our selection of planetarium shows, including show lengths and age recommendations.

 

Enrichment Lab: A classroom program with hands-on activities led by a Science Factory educator for up to 24 students at once. Enrichment Labs last between 45 and 60 minutes. See our complete list of Enrichment Labs.

 

For groups larger than the recommended maximum size, our staff will arrange with you to split your group and rotate among the group visit options.

 

Example A: A group of 70 students can be split into two groups of 35 students each.

 

 

Group A

 

Group B

 

10AM-11AM

 

Exhibit Hall

 

Planetarium

 

11AM-12PM

 

Planetarium

 

Exhibit Hall

 

 

Example B: A group of 70 students can be split into three groups of 23-24 students each.

 

 

Group A

 

Group B

 

Group C

 

10AM-10:15AM

 

Introduction and orientation for all groups

 

10:15AM-11AM

 

Exhibit Hall

 

Planetarium

 

Enrichment Lab

 

11AM-11:45AM

 

Planetarium

 

Enrichment Lab

 

Exhibit Hall

 

11:45AM-12:15PM

 

All groups have lunch outside

 

12:15PM-1PM

 

Enrichment Lab

 

Exhibit Hall

 

Planetarium

 

 

 

2. Send your visit request to us.

 

Fill out our online form to reserve your group visit. Available visit times are generally Tuesday through Friday, 9:15AM-4PM. We occasionally accommodate trips outside these hours; please inquire with Visitor Services.

 

If you have further questions or have difficulty with our online form, please contact Visitor Services at 541-682-7895 or info@sciencefactory.org.

 

 

3. Look for your confirmation and get ready for science fun!

 

Our Visitor Services Staff will contact you to review your request. You will receive an e-mail from us when your trip is confirmed.

 

Our staff has prepared Educator Guides for our current featured exhibition, Take Flight, and our current featured planetarium show, We Are Aliens. We encourage you to review them prior to your visit. Teachers are also welcome to visit in person during our regular open hours to preview the exhibits free of charge!

 

When you arrive, our staff will meet your group for a 10-minute orientation to prepare everyone for a fun-filled day of discovery! Be prepared with a headcount of both students and adults upon arrival.

 

 


 

Group Admission Fees

 

Teachers and adult chaperones are free for every 6 students attending. Additional adult chaperones pay admission at the student group rate.

 

 

Up to 20 students

 

More than 20 Students

 

Exhibit Hall only

 

$60 flat rate

 

$3 per student

 

Planetarium only

 

$60 flat rate

 

$3 per student

 

Exhibit Hall + Planetarium

 

 

$100 flat rate

 

 

$5 per student

 

 

 

Up to 15 students

 

More than 15 students

 

Enrichment Lab

 

$30 flat rate

 

$2 per student

 

 

We offer field trip scholarships for schools that serve low-income students.

 


 

Lunches

 

The Science Factory does not have an indoor lunch area for large groups. Covered outdoor seating near our front entrance is available on a first-come basis. We have two classrooms that can be reserved by smaller groups for an additional fee. See the registration form for details.

 

Gift Shop

 

Our Museum Store features learning toys and small novelty items. Students are allowed in the Museum Store only while accompanied by an adult. All gift shop revenue supports ongoing Museum activities. We encourage your group's patronage!

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