Field Trip Add-Ons

Looking to make the most of your field trip? Check out our Field Trip Add-Ons—including guided programs, performances, and special exhibits—to request these additional reservations for your students' visit!

Guided Programs

Guided Programs are engaging, hands-on lessons only available to school groups designed for your students’ grade level and led by museum educators. Indoor and outdoor program options are available for each age group.

Free reservations available Monday-Friday mornings, Oct-Jan.

Windows Into Nature

tour of african mammal hall diorama school group gallery interpreter

Grades Pre-K-1 (30 minutes, indoors)
Learn about the lives of animals through an interactive story, then venture into our classic diorama halls to visit characters from the story and discover more! Located in Diorama Halls.

Growing Home

willow huts in get dirty zone nature gardens

Grades Pre-K-1 (30 minutes, outdoors)
Explore the Nature Gardens and look for critters, then build habitats out of natural materials and talk about what we all need to survive. Located in the Nature Gardens; weather-dependent.

Fossil Detectives

mammoth skeleton in age of mammals

Grades 2-5 (30–45 minutes, indoors)
Investigate the lives of ancient animals by looking at the clues they left behind—their fossils! Like a paleontologist, discover fossil specimens in our exhibits, discuss observations, and record ideas to take back to the classroom. Located in Dinosaur Hall or Age of Mammals.

Pond Life

Little boy in hat crouches on a low rock ledge and looks into the nature gardens pond

Grades 2-5 (45 minutes, outdoors)
Discover the diversity of pond life! Practice collection skills and closely observe what we find to identify and document the unique wildlife that lives here in Los Angeles. Located in the Nature Gardens; weather-dependent.

Urban Carnivores

Girl looks at coyote display

Grades 6-12 (45–60 minutes, indoors)
Discover the carnivores that share our city! Learn about a local mammal and work together to craft a solution to the real-world challenges it is facing today. Located in our exhibitions.

Backyard Biodiversity

A dragonfly rests on the fence by the pond
A common green darner rests on the fence.

Grades 6-12 (45–50 minutes, outdoors)
Experience the biodiversity of Los Angeles! Survey for insects then identify and record collected specimens to reveal the diversity that surrounds us. Located in the Nature Gardens; weather-dependent.

Dinosaur Encounters

Image of dinosaur puppet with museum visitors

Grades 1-5 (15–20 minutes)
Watch dinosaurs come to life! Go back in time and learn about the lives of dinosaurs with realistic T. rex and Triceratops puppets in live performances. Located in the Level 2 North American Mammal Hall.

Free reservations available Thursdays between September and June.

Special Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions offered below are self-guided opportunities to explore reservation-only spaces in the museum. These popular exhibits have space limitations and require this additional reservation. While you and your group would be exploring the exhibit on your own, we have free downloadable lesson plans to help you prepare an itinerary for your time in the exhibits.

Exhibit dates vary; please view descriptions for details.

Nature Lab

Kids and adults look closer at Nature Lab displays

Grades Pre K-12 (30 minutes, self-guided)
Take a look at L.A.'s wild side! A companion to our Nature Gardens, the Nature Lab is a place to study who lives with us, where they came from, and why they might (or might not) be such great neighbors. Located on Level G. Reservations available Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm year-round.

Free reservations available Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm year-round. Reservations not required on weekends.


kids looking at exhibit in antarctic dinosaurs

Grades Pre K-12 (30 minutes; self-guided)
Come along on a dramatic adventure to Antarctica—one of the most isolated and dangerous environments on Earth—and witness the latest discovery: dinosaurs. Antarctic Dinosaurs will immerse students in the thrilling hunt for never before seen fossils and shed new light on our planet’s ever-changing climate and geology.

Free reservations available Monday-Friday, 10 am-1:30 pm; April 3, 2019 – January 5, 2020.

Butterfly Pavilion

Little girl and adult using a guide and looking at a butterfly on the ground
There's a lot to see up high and down low.

Grades Pre K-12 (30 minutes, self-guided)
Observe free-flying butterflies and watch as they lay eggs, hatch into caterpillars, and form chrysalises throughout our Pavilion garden. Please note access to this outdoor exhibit is weather-dependent.

Free reservations available Monday-Friday, 10 am-1:30 pm; March 18, 2019–August 14, 2019.

Spider Pavilion

GI with child looking at spider in spider pavilion

Grades Pre K-12 (30 minutes, self-guided)
Discover the secret beauty of spiders as they freely spin webs, lay eggs, and eat in our Pavilion garden! Please note access to this outdoor exhibit is weather-dependent.

Free reservations available Monday-Friday, 10 am-1:30 pm; September 23–November 29, 2019.

Special Offering: 3D Theater

Exclusive offer for school groups! Book your discounted school tickets for our new 3D Theater, on view during your school’s field trip. Tickets for school groups are $4 per person and payment will be collected on the day of your visit. We are not able to accept checks; please plan accordingly.

Paid reservations available Monday-Friday, 10 am-4:30 pm; film choices subject to availability.

Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet

Oceans blue  film preview

Grades Pre K-12 (30 minutes)
Travel beneath the surface in this 3D oceanic adventure, narrated by Kate Winslet. Explore a vast uncharted world of vibrant coral cities, enchanted underwater forests, and deep waters.

Incredible Predators 3D

3D Image of polar bear

Grades Pre K-12 (30 minutes)
Incredible Predators deconstructs the world of major predators as never before, taking an intimate look at the remarkable strategies they use to succeed.