San Diego Natural History Museum--Your Nature ConnectionSDNHM School Programs
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AT THE MUSEUM
Student group admission does not include the 3D film. 3D-film passes are $3 per person.

Gallery Investigations

Self-guided Visits
Available all year
Conduct your own self-guided visit and enjoy the Museum's exhibitions and films in the giant-screen theater. Curriculum materials are available for most exhibitions. Teachers may arrange to preview exhibitions by calling 619.255.0210.

Days: Daily from 9:30 AM–4:30 PM
Fee: $6 per student
Group size: 10 students minimum; one adult per eight students is required and admitted at no charge. Additional adults $8 each. (Note: 3D films are additional.)

Habitats of San Diego
Available October–May
San Diego County has more biodiversity than almost any other place in our country. Students view the varied habitats of the seacoast, valleys and mesas, mountains, and desert. Students will also observe a live snake and discuss the adaptations necessary for its survival.
California State Standards 12

Explore Fossil Mysteries
Available October–May
San Diego County has a fascinating history with fossils from 75 million years ago on display at the Museum. Students tour seven epochs with a Docent and ponder the evidence for past climates, environments, and extinctions. Familiar and bizarre animals are encountered from San Diego and Baja California.
California State Standards 14

New! Water
Available October–May
Water is life; life is water. Students will learn how plants and animals of San Diego County adapt to their specific habitat. Water conservation, where we get our water, how we use our water, and where our water goes will be included.

Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Fee: $8 per student (includes General Admission to the Museum)
Times: 10 AM or 11 AM
Group size: 32 students maximum per session

Science Workshops

Autumn Harvest
Available September–January
What does it mean to hunt and gather? Step back in time! Grind acorns, pound yucca leaves for fibers, investigate hunting strategies, and find out if your students can match the ingenuity of California’s early Kumeyaay Indians.
California State Standards 1

Cetacean Sensation
Available February–March
Discover the power of whale chatter and what is on the menu for our marine cousins. Compare your teeth to whale teeth. Eat like a baleen whale. Build a whale to illustrate beneficial adaptations. Put your hand in “blubber” to feel how it insulates and protects whales from cold waters.
California State Standards 2

Amazing Arthropods
Available April–June
Come learn about your neighbors: the insects, arachnids, and a surprise backyard crustacean. Discover how arthropods use sight and smell to be such great survivors. Observe and discuss life cycles and touch a live specimen!
California State Standards 3

Days: Weekdays
Fee: $155 (includes General Admission to the Museum) for up to 25 students and four chaperones—additional students are $6 each and chaperones are $8 each
Times: 10 AM–11:30 AM and noon–1:30 PM. Some flexible scheduling available.
Group size: 25 students maximum per session


AT YOUR SCHOOL SITE

Ms. Frizzle’s™ Classroom Adventures
Available September–June
Meet Ms. Frizzle—Scholastic’s favorite science teacher. Enjoy a fun classroom experience. Take chances! Ask questions! And get smarter with the Frizz!


Ms. Frizzle Digging into Dinosaurs California State Standards

Bats are Beautiful! California State Standards

The Bee Olympics! California State Standards

Days: Weekdays
Fee: $275 for one 45-minute session; $300 for two sessions; $350 for three sessions
Group size: 60 students maximum per 45-minute session

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Science Workshops

Earth Detective
Available September–June
Crack the Earth’s crust and be an Earth detective! Investigate the ingredients on Earth including dirt, rocks, minerals, and fossils. Shake rocks to demonstrate weathering and erosion. Group activities reinforce soil-water retention concept.
California State Standards 13

Autumn Harvest Hits the Road
Available September–June
What does it mean to hunt and gather? Step back in time! Grind acorns, pound yucca leaves for fibers, investigate hunting strategies, and find out if your students can match the ingenuity of California’s early Kumeyaay Indians.
California State Standards 1

Days: Weekdays
Fee: $210 for two 1.5-hour sessions; $80 for an additional session; same day, same room, same topic, limit three sessions per day
Times: Flexible hours
Group size: 25 students maximum per session

Museum on Wheels

Incredible Insects
Available October–May
Program begins with an introduction to insects and arachnids. Students visit stations highlighting: Social Insects; Butterflies and Moths; Metamorphosis; Beetles; and Live Insects and Other Arthropods.
California State Standards 11

Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Fee: $155 per school visit for two one-hour sessions; same day, same room, same topic
Times: 9:30 and 10:45 AM
Group size: 30 students maximum per session


IN THE FIELD

Nature Walks
Available October–May
Roll up your sleeves, put on your walking shoes, and discover the beauty of our own backyard—San Diego County. On your one-hour nature walk, the Museum’s Canyoneers (trained volunteer naturalists) will guide you through a trail that will invigorate your senses. Inhale the fragrant beauty; get up close and personal with some of our native arthropods; touch the flora and learn how to identify local plants. In addition, the Canyoneers will demonstrate how the Kumeyaay Indians adapted to their environment by utilizing available resources. Choose from a selection of fantastic walks at popular walk locations.

Days: Weekdays
Fee: $2 per student, $30 minimum per class
Times: 9:30 or 10:45 AM
Group size: 32 students maximum

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