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-5th 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
- Rocks and Minerals, Grade 1
- Life Cycles, Grades K - 2
- Natural Resources of the Ohlone, Grades 3 - 4
- Birds and Adaptations, Grades 2-4
- 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 Programs Manager, Allison Watson. If you have any questions about a field trip or class program, please contact her at (831) 648-5716 Ext. 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History invite your K-5th grade students to participate in free environmental education programming designed to connect students to their local watershed and open spaces. Teachers can sign their students up for a multi-day experience focused on the Carmel River watershed. Our goal is to provide hands-on watershed experiences that inspire a deeper connection to the environment and greater understanding of our natural resources. Teachers can build their own field trips to create an experience that meets Next Generation Science Standards (see Program Options below).
Customize your field experience your program includes a one-hour in-class introductory lesson. Following this session students will participate in a series of engaging, outdoor science activities at Garland Ranch and/or Carmel lagoon and beach. Programs are designed for specific grade levels and are based on Next Generation Science Standards and California Common Core standards.
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.
Garland Ranch Program Options
PROGRAM 1: NATURE HIKE PROGRAM LENGTH: 1 HOUR
Students will experience Garland Ranch by taking to the trails and observing nature. While hiking, students will learn about natural cycles, watershed systems, local flora and fauna and how humans have impacted the habitat.
PROGRAM 2: SCIENCE SAMPLING PROGRAM LENGTH: 1 HOUR
Students will put on their lab coats and experience Garland Ranch through their own scientific data collection and observations. Presented with a question or problem students will use scientific methods to develop a hypothesis, conduct experiments and determine results.
Program 3: Learning through Play Program length: 1 Hour
Students will form connections with their watershed and local habitats through fun, interactive, science and art activities and games that will help them develop models of scientific principles.
Sample Program Schedule
Day 1: 1 hour Introductory Watershed Lesson In-Class
Day 2: 3 hour field trip to Garland Ranch (teachers can choose 1,2, or all 3 blocks)
Experience 1: Nature Hike (1 hour)
Experience 2: Science Sampling (1 hour)
Experience 3: Learning Through Play (1 hour)
Day 3: Carmel Lagoon and Beach Hike & Activities (2-2.5 hours)
LiMPETS Sand Crab Monitoring Training (for 4th-5th grade only)