Class Field Trips
The Museum provides a wide variety of free school education programs:
- Museum Class Field Trips- Bring your class to the Museum for a fun, hands-on learning experience designed for grades K-5.
- Monarch Sanctuary Field Trips- Bring your class out to the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary to experience the natural phenomena of monarchs with the help of Museum educators and docents.
- Watershed Explorers- Have your K-8th grade students participate in this multi-day program that connects students to their local watershed through field science, hikes and art
Museum Class Field Trips
Bring your class to the Museum for a fun, hands-on learning experience designed for classes grades Pre K - 5. Our programs last 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Field trip programs are free. There is a suggested donation of $1 per student.
- Predator & Prey Adaptations, Grades K - 1
- Sand Crab Super Structures, Grades K-2
- Monarch Butterflies and Insect Adaptations, Grades K-2
- Steelhead: Special and Sensitive, Grades K - 2
- Rocks and Minerals, Grade 1
- Birds and Adaptations, Grades 2-4
- Natural Resources of the Ohlone, Grades 3 - 4
- Amazing Migrations, Grades 3-5
- Food Chains, Grade 5
- Monarch Sanctuary Visit, All Grades
- General Museum Tour, All Ages
Monarch Class Field Trips
Schedule a trip for your class out to the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary. Students will have the opportunity to view monarchs, one of nature's most remarkable phenomenons, with the help of Museum educators and docents.
Schedule a Field Trip
Please complete the form below to schedule a field trip to either the Museum or Butterfly Sanctuary. Your field trip is not confirmed until you receive confirmation from the Museum's Education Manager, Nick Stong. If you have any questions about a field trip or class program, please contact him at (831) 648-5716 Ext. 20 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History invite your K-8th grade students to participate in free environmental education programming designed to connect students to their local watershed and open spaces. Participating classrooms will engage in a inquiry-based experience focused on the Carmel River watershed. Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to “walk the watershed.” Over the course of several trip, students will visit multiple sites on the Carmel River and participating in hands-on experiences that inspire a deeper connection to the environment and greater understanding of our natural resources. Programs are customized for specific grade levels utilizing Next Generation Science Standards and California Common Core standards.
The complete Watershed Explorer’s experience includes four lessons given by our staff. These lessons include time in their classroom to prepare them for their trips to the field sites. These trips will provide students with field experiences which will build on their class lessons and reinforce the importance of our local watersheds. After completing the walk of the watershed, a final classroom session will center around evaluating the program’s efficacy and celebration of the watershed. We strongly encourage participation in the full program, exact planning details will occur upon registration.
For more information, please contact Matt McConnell at email@example.com or (831)648-5716 ext.11.
Bus scholarships are available.
Schedule a Field Trip
Bus Scholarship Form
Bus Scholarships (up to $300) are only available to participants in the Watershed Explorers program. The Museum, unfortunately, does not have scholarship funds for Museum or Monarch field trips at this time.
Watershed Explorers Program Options
Students can begin their experience by taking to the trails and observing the nature within. While hiking, students will learn about natural cycles and systems which affect the watershed, local flora and fauna, and humans impact on local habitats. At the Carmel River, students will collect scientific data about the watershed which will help scientists monitor the health of the river.
Students will also have an opportunity to participate in a sandy beach monitoring program. As part of this program students will hit the beach in order to collect and analyse sand crabs. The experience will help provide a lesson in the importance of tracking organisms and change in our ecosystem as a way of understanding its overall health. Since all watersheds eventually drain into the ocean, there is a correlation between the health of both systems. The full monitoring program is only available for 5-8 grades. A modified program is available for K-5th grades.
Day 1: In class 1.5 hour intro lesson to frame the program, introduce topics, and survey their existing knowledge
Day 2: Garland Ranch or Sandy Beach
Day 3: Sandy Beach or Garland Ranch
Day 4: In class 1.5 hour wrap up to tie lessons together and post survey.
There is an option to visit both Garland and Sandy Beach on the same day. Please ask for more details if interested.