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Field Trips on the Metro!

Need a ride?

Don't qualify for a bus scholarship? Check out the Metro! The Transit Education Team is now offering the Student Field Trip Program, which provides access to 20 approved destinations - including the Natural History Museum!

Click here to learn more!


We're your second classroom!

Find your grade to the left and download the lesson plan that best applies to you and your students.

Lesson plans and activities are updated every year, so keep checking back to see what's new!


Traveling the Silk Road Lesson Plans

Check out our new curriculum for our most recent traveling exhibit, Traveling the Silk Road, which runs from January 13 through April 13:

Teachable Moments for K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th grade: Quick activities to guide student exploration in Traveling the Silk Road.

What's in a Fable? 4th Grade: Experience storytelling with fables from thousands of years ago, and write your own.

Getting Over Geography - 7th Grade: Discover how landscapes influenced the way people traveled, traded, and entertained themselves along the Silk Road.

Dowsing the Past - High School: Use an ancient technology to rethink Los Angeles' water distribution solution, as well as your sources of information.

For Teachers, By Teachers

Where do these lesson plans and activities come from? We collaborate with classroom teachers to create curricula that works for you. Sound interesting? Click here to learn more!

At the Tar Pits

Planning a trip to our sister Museum, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits? Check out their teacher resources page here!


Thank you to the team who authored these lesson plans and activities!

2011 - 2012: Gem and Mineral Hall

Arlene Casis, Grades PreK - 2

Gina Goodman, Grades 3 - 5

Hailey Foster, Grades 6 - 12


2010 - 2011: Dinosaur Hall

Gwen Campbell, Grade 2

Schlonda Chapron, Grades PreK - 1

Riley Leary, Grades 6-12

Janet Mazon, Grades PreK - 1

Cate Tolnai, Grades 3 - 5

Christy Waishwile, Grades 6 - 12


2009 -2012: Age of Mammals

Luisa Barba, Grades K - 3

Margarita Fernandez, Grades K - 3

Lena Garcia, Grades K - 3

Cate Tolnai, Grades 4 - 12

Sara Zinsser, Grades 4 - 12


2008 - 2009: Teachable Moments

Luisa Barba, Grades K - 3

Margarita Fernances, Grades K - 3

Magdalena Garcia, Greads K - 3

Annie Lefkowitz, Grades 4 - 5

Jaime Reichbach, Grades K - 3

Margit Edwards, Consulting Educator

Sarah Zinsser, Consulting Educator