Docent-Led Tours

Fee: $9 per student (includes Museum general exhibitions).
Group size: 32 students per 1-hour tour (10 student minimum).
Chaperones: We require a 1:8 chaperone to student ratio, but will allow up to a 1:3 ratio. Chaperones receive free general admission. 
Classes may not be combined.

Once you’ve selected from the tours listed below please register online.

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Explore Fossil Mysteries
Grades: 2–8
Tours held in Fossil Mysteries

This region has a rich fossil record. Investigate San Diego’s past by trekking through 75 million years of geologic history. Interpret Museum murals and describe how the flora, fauna, and climate have changed over millions of years. Meet the great granddaddy of your pet dog and swim in the ancient San Diego Bay. Identify types of geologic plate movement by interacting with Museum models and attempt to solve the mysteries that remain as you explore fantastic fossils found in San Diego County.


Explore Coast to Cactus
Grades: 2–8
Tours held in Coast to Cactus in Southern California

San Diego is one of the most biologically diverse counties in the United States. Observe how human settlement and population increases have impacted our region’s plant and animal inhabitants. Travel from the wetlands, coastal sage, riparian, chaparral and mountains, down to the desert. Learn how plants and animals adapt to the various habitats of San Diego County.

Explore Skulls—Coming February 2017 
Grades: 4–8
Tour held in Skulls 

Explore the world of skulls. Skulls and teeth can tell the story about what an animal ate, how it moved, and whether it was a hunter or hunted. Learn through observation the many stories from the smallest of creatures to the largest. 


Explore Water
Grades: 2–12
Tours held in Water: A California Story

San Diego imports approximately 85% of the water we use daily from outside the county. Visualize and discuss the water cycle and climate as you examine a county relief map. Interpret elements of an exhibit illustrating where our water comes from. Using photos and images, describe how our actions impact the aquatic and marine life and decide how you can conserve water in your community.