Field Trips: 5th

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Self-Guided Visit

Pre-K – 12th Grade
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.

Fee: $8 per student
Group size: 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.

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Explore Fossil Mysteries

2nd – 8th Grade
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.

Fee: $9 per student. Tours available Tuesday – Thursday at 10 AM and/or 11 AM.
Group size: 32 students per 1-hour tour (10 student minimum). Classes may not be combined.
Chaperones: We 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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Explore Coast to Cactus

2nd – 8th Grade
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.

Fee: $9 per student. Tours available Tuesday – Thursday at 10 AM and/or 11 AM.
Group size: 32 students per 1-hour tour (10 student minimum). Classes may not be combined.
Chaperones: We 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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Explore Water

2nd – 8th Grade
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.

Fee: $9 per student. Tours available Tuesday – Thursday and can only be scheduled to start at 10 AM and/or 11 AM.
Group size: 32 students per 1-hour tour (10 student minimum). Classes may not be combined.

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Explore Skulls

4th – 8th Grade
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.

Fee: $9 per student. Tours available Tuesday – Thursday at 10 AM and/or 11 AM.
Group size: 32 students per 1-hour tour (10 student minimum). Classes may not be combined.
Chaperones: We 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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Water and Human Impact

5th Grade
Learn about the Earth’s most precious resource—water—and how humans affect the environment. Participate in an inquiry-based oil spill cleanup and become stewards of Balboa Park.
5-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

Fee: $10 per student. Classes available Monday – Friday at 9:50 AM and/or 11:30 AM.
Group Size: 32 students per 80-minute class (10 student minimum). Classes may not be combined.
Chaperones: Classroom Teacher and at least four additional adults are required. We will allow up to a 1:3 ratio. Chaperones receive free general admission.

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Coast to Cactus: Decomposers

5th Grade
Become F.B.I. investigators (fungus, bacteria, and invertebrates) and “break it down” with the decomposers found in the habitats of San Diego. Model the complex relationships between plants, animals, and decomposers.
5-LS1: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

Fee: $10 per student. Classes available Monday – Friday at 9:50 AM and/or 11:30 AM.
Group Size: 32 students per 80-minute class (10 student minimum). Classes may not be combined.
Chaperones: Classroom Teacher and at least three additional adults are required. We will allow up to a 1:3 ratio. Chaperones receive free general admission.

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Native Land, Native People

Kindergarten – 5th Grade
Learn how the Kumeyaay Nation relied on their skills and expertise to survive in the San Diego area. Grind acorns for flour, scrape yucca leaves for fiber, and practice your skills to live and thrive and experience what life was like in the 1300s.

Fee: $10 per student. Classes available Monday – Friday at 9:50 AM and/or 11:30 AM.
Group Size: 32 students per 80-minute class (10 student minimum). Classes may not be combined.
Chaperones: Classroom Teacher and at least three additional adults are required. We will allow up to a 1:3 ratio. Chaperones receive free general admission.

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