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Enrich your classroom curriculum with a self-guided field trip to the Nature Museum to experience hands-on interactive exhibitions. Our unique mix of living, preserved and non-living collections engages students of all ages for the perfect Chicago field trip.

School Field Trip Admission Prices

(Mid-August through mid-June, Monday-Friday, on days school is in session.)

Illinois schools (K-12), Preschools located within an Illinois elementary school, and Illinois Head Start groups receive free students field trip tickets.

Non-Illinois school groups receive $4 student tickets.

Adults, including chaperones and teachers, are allowed for free based on a 1:5 (grades PK-3) and 1:10 (grades 4-12) adult:student ratio.

Field Trip Information

Confirmation Sheets
After you've submitted a request form, we will process your request within five business days. Once we've booked your field trip, we will send you a confirmation packet via email. Your field trip is not confirmed until you've received this email. After five days, if you have not received an email please email fieldtrips@naturemuseum.org to check on the status of your request. 

Tour Cards
In order to ensure that our visitors have the opportunity to explore the Museum fully, groups with more than thirty students will be split up into lettered groups (A, B, C, etc.). We will provide one tour card, on the day of your visit, to the leader of each lettered group listed on your confirmation sheet. These custom tour cards provide an outline for your trip and also include specific times and locations for lunches and workshops. Tour cards will be distributed after your group leader has checked in at the front desk in the Museum lobby. Click here for a sample tour card. 

Lunches
If you have requested a lunch space be reserved for your group, the request will be indicated on your confirmation sheet. When you arrive at the Museum, each lettered group's lunch time and location will appear on their tour card. Please do not call ahead for lunch times.  

We will collect lunches when groups arrive and bring them to the lunch room at your assigned lunch time. We ask that you bring lunches in small, recyclable brown paper bags.

Chaperones
We allow a limited number of adults, including teachers and chaperones, at no cost (see "Admission Prices" above). Additional adults will be required to pay a discounted group rate of $7. If your group will have extra adults, please email fieldtrips@naturemuseum.org before your trip so that we can attempt to arrange additional lunch space. 

Add a Field Trip Workshop

Enhance your group’s Nature Museum experience by participating in one of our popular, hands-on workshops during your field trip. Choose from our 15 workshops created for Pre-K through High School groups that use unique museum resources to teach relevant science and nature content. All workshops are taught by Museum educators, correlate with the Next Generation Science Standards.  

Field Trip Workshops

Other Enrichment Options

Want to provide a focused field trip for your students? Choose between four themes to guide your field trip. These themes will provide your group with a focus and an activity while traveling through our permanent, temporary and outdoor exhibits. Groups will be given a custom themed tour card for their self-guided tour. Choices include Insects & More, Midwest Ecosystems, Collections & Specimens and Conservation. The themes also include pre and post-visit activities for you to do in the classroom before and after your visit!

Make your field trip visit unforgettable by releasing a butterfly for its very first flight. For $10 per class, each class will be able to adopt a butterfly that has just emerged from its chrysalis and is ready to be released into the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

Themed Field Trips   Adopt-a-Butterfly

Anything Else?

Please visit our Field Trip FAQs for answers to common questions. If you need further assistance, please email fieldtrip@naturemuseum.org.

Reserve your space today!

Please only submit one request per field trip. If you are planning multiple field trips - either on more than one day or a morning and afternoon visit - you must fill out a separate request for each. Before requesting a visit, please review the Payment & Cancellation Policies

School Field Trip Request Form    Illinois Head Start Field Trip Request Form 

 
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