Camps and Classes | Field Trips and Programs


Visiting hours 
for school groups

9:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Noon - 5:00PM on Sunday. Check here for current visitation information.

Admission fees

  • Groups save over 55% of the 

    general admission price
  • The school group rate is $7 per person for students, teachers, 
and chaperones
  • Two teachers per class admitted 
  • Receive an additional $3 off admission per person when you sign up for a 50- or 90-minute focused Field Trip at the time of your reservation
  • Receive waived admission for your group when you sign up for a focused Field Trips of 180-minutes

Payment options and information

  • We accept: school purchase orders, MasterCard/Visa/Discover/AmericanExpress, personal checks, cash
  • Groups will be invoiced upon request
  • Individuals checking in and paying separately will be charged the full admission price, not the group rate
  • Members with membership cards should check in separately

Before calling, be 
sure you have:

  • Specific date and time of arrival (alternate dates may be required)
  • Full name, address, telephone number of the school, name of your school district, and names and email addresses of teachers in charge on the day of the visit
  • Grade level and number of students and adults
  • Name of the Focused Field Trip(s) for which you wish to register
  • Specific arrangements for groups with special needs or interests

Adult chaperones are required for all groups

  • We thank you for encouraging your students’ respect for all Museum staff, property, and visitors. Groups who exhibit overly disruptive or destructive behavior will not be tolerated
  • A minimum of one adult for every eight (8) students visiting the Museum for Grades 3 through 8
  • A minimum of one adult for every five (5) students for Pre-K through Grade 2
  • Participation in the 180-Minute Focused Field Trip requires six adult chaperones/class
  • For the safety and comfort of all Museum visitors, all students must be with a chaperone at all times

LunchSprout logo

Groups are welcome to use the covered picnic dome and outdoor picnic tables next to the bus arrival parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis.


Group Box lunches can be purchased two weeks  in advance through Sprout Café by calling 919-220-5429 x358 or by emailing us.


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Ride the train

All aboard! Ride through the 
Museum’s nature park on our beloved Ellerbe Creek Railway, $3 per person (students, teachers, chaperones). No reserved seats. Students must be accompanied by chaperone. Purchase tickets at the group check-in window or at the Admissions desk day of visit. 
Subject to availability.



The Museum grounds (including train) are accessible to those with special needs.


Field Trips and Programs Guide 2013–14

Download our Field Trips & Programs guide
to see options for each grade level. Includes
programs available at the Museum, AND at your school! 



Call (919) 220-5429 x313 to make reservations
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Advance notice

48 hour advance notice is required to receive a group discount. Two week advance notice is suggested for facilitated Focused Field Trips.

 Self-Guided Field Trips and Essential Standards-Aligned Programs
Self-guided field trip

You and your group are welcome to explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits of the Museum's 84 acre science park on your own (see maps), and if you're interested we have some optional resources to enhance this experience:

  • Wayfinders 
    Best for teachers planning their own visit, our Wayfinders will direct you to the Museum exhibits most suited for your grade level, suggest activities for your students and provide questions to explore.


Is there a science topic that you find intimidating? Are you missing the resources necessary to bring your lesson to life? Treat your students, and yourself, to a private science program facilitated by Museum Educators. All of our programs are aligned with North Carolina Essential Standards for Science.

50-minute programs

Our most popular field trip programs, these 50-minute programs are packed with excitement and hands-on investigation, and are perfect to kick-off or conclude a unit of study. Your students are sure to experience these topics in a memorable way that will enhance your classroom lessons for weeks to come!

90-minute programs

Like our 50-minute programs, but with an extension of the best parts! Your students can ask more questions, meet more animals or enjoy private-access to some of the Museum's most popular exhibits. Many of our most popular 50-minute programs offer 90-minute Extended! versions for those groups who really want to make the most of their field trip. 

180-minute programs

Our most in-depth field trip experience, the 180-minute programs make the most of Museum exhibits and technology to immerse your students in a science learning environment. Whether they log animal behaviors, master physics on the sailboat pond or run water-quality tests on the docks of the Museum's wetland, your students become the scientists in these programs! 



Field trip space bus