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Field Trips for Schools

Thank you for your interest in school programs! We value your time and your interest in the Academy. We know these are trying times for all of us, and we look forward to continuing to inspire students about the natural world.

For the 2020-2021 school year we are excited to offer guided virtual lessons for school students K-12, which keep you and your students safe while exploring the Academy with us! On-site school lessons and the Academy On the Go outreach program are on hold until further notice as we follow state and city health standards and prioritize staff and student safety.

We will be offering support materials, resources and lessons online so you can deliver science learning in your classrooms and homes. Our guided virtual visits and lessons engage students virtually with water quality, climate change, evolution and biodiversity & extinction—the Academy’s key science focus areas. Our teacher guides contain further themed content and activities for your students to continue exploring their passion for the natural world.

We look forward to working with you again and virtually inspiring your students!

Planning a future visit? Check out our offerings below!

Teachers Visit for Free!

Teachers can visit the museum for free 1 time a year to help prepare for their field trips. Register for a free pass here:

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Our science field trips offer you a range of educational and entertaining experiences. Take advantage of the reduced admission fees and, once inside, sample our self-guided exhibits and programs.

Your STEM field trip at the Academy might just be the day that your students fall in love with the natural world. Whether you prefer a structured visit complete with lessons taught by Academy educators*, or you’d like time to explore the museum on your own, we promise that our interactive field trip ideas will make your experience memorable. 

Museum exhibits are engaging for groups of all ages, from pre-schoolers to elementary schoolchildren and beyond. In Dinosaur Hall, stroll beneath towering fossil skeletons, examine dinosaur anatomy up close, see real fossils being prepared, and dig for dinosaur fossils in a setting straight out of the badlands. Travel the globe through our ever-popular dioramas, meet the Academy’s live animals in exciting stage shows, and touch real specimens as you chat with Academy educators. 




Self-guided Visits

Dinosaurs, dioramas, butterflies, a fossil dig, hands-on interactive stations, and more are sure to make your museum field trip unforgettable.

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Exhibit Experiences

In-depth exhibit experiences bring your students face-to-face with live lizards, tortoises, butterflies and other living creatures.

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Entomology behind the scenes tour

Summer Camp Groups

Your campers will have a dino-mite experience at the Academy of Natural Sciences this summer!

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Discovery Lessons

Choose from lessons on bugs and butterflies, amazing arthropods, dinosaurs, fossils, evolution, the scientific method, and more.

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Field Trip Planning Guide

Learn how easy it is to book an interactive field trip for your summer camp or STEM field trip for your class at Philadelphia’s natural science museum.

Ready to book?

Submit a reservation request online. »

* - Discovery Lessons are available Tuesdays - Fridays during the school year, from September to June.

School Programs Brochure

Download a copy of our 2018 School Program offerings!