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Museum Educator-Led Classes

Classes focus on the past and present of the unique biodiversity and natural history of our region. Learn about San Diego’s native people or the whales that visit the waters off our coast. Class descriptions and booking information. Grades: Pre-K-4


Docent-Led Tours

Explore the ecological diversity and history of our region. These tours focus on the permanent exhibitions at the Museum. Explore Fossil Mysteries, Water: A California Story, or Coast to Cactus in Southern California. Tour descriptions and booking information. Grades: Pre-K–12

Self-Guided Visit

Conduct your own self-guided visit any time of year and discover the unique evolution and biodiversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California. Topics to explore with your group include: geology, paleontology, evolution, and ecology. Use our free Exhibition Educator Guides to complement your museum visit. Teachers may preview general admission exhibitions for free with valid identification.

Self-Guided Visits do not include special exhibitions.

Grades: Pre-K–12
Fee: $8 per student
Group size: 10 student minimum
ChaperonesWe require a 1:8 chaperone to student ratio, but will allow up to a 1:3 ratio. Chaperones receive free general admission.  

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Behind the Scenes: The Science of Collections-Based Research

Why do natural history museums collect so much stuff? Learn how we organize, preserve, and use collections of specimens to further our knowledge about the ecology and evolution of life on this planet. Students will receive a brief introduction to collections-based research from a Museum curator before dividing into groups for a behind-the-scenes guided tour of different research collections. The experience concludes with students regrouping for a facilitated discussion on the different collections visited.

Grades: 9–12
Fee: $11 per student
Group size: 20 student minimum, 45 student maximum per 2-hour class.
ChaperonesWe require a 1:8 chaperone to student ratio, but will allow up to a 1:3 ratio. Chaperones receive free general admission. 

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