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We have a number of different educational options to choose from!

For scheduling a field trip or questions please contact the group booking office Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 480-644-3553 or azmnhgroups@mesaaz.gov

Homeschool groups may qualify for the educational rate by presenting the affidavit of intent to homeschool for each student attending. You must have 10 or more students in a group and book your field trip at least one week in advance. 

Field trip rates are for grade level, state standard aligned, educational programming. They do not apply to day cares, day camps or programs taking place outside of the standard school year. Please see group booking page for more information on group bookings. 

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Frequently asked questions about Field Trips

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Self-Guided Gallery Exploration at the AzMNH

$5.00 per person including teachers and chaperones

  • Appropriate for any grade level
  • Available Tuesday-Friday

The regular field trip is a self-exploration of our fabulous galleries. We feature heavily in earth science and ancient cultures of the Americas, so this is a great place to come for geology, paleontology and anthropology as well as history of Arizona.


 

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Explore More Program at the AzMNH

$9.00 per person including teachers and chaperones and must be booked a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of trip.

  • Appropriate for any grade level
  • Minimum of 15 guests
  • Available Tuesday-Friday

The museum is opened one hour earlier at 9:00am exclusively for your group. Guided tours of the galleries are given along with an activity lesson in the exploration station with educators who have a degree and experience in paleontology and/or archaeology.

Please note that only one school group is booked per day for an Explore More so it may fill up quickly.

** Explore More Field trips are completely booked for this school year and will become available again in September 2017.


 

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Mesa Grande Archaeological Adventure field trip

Mesa Grande field trips are completely booked for this school year, and will become available again in late October 2017. 

 

$6.00 per person including teachers and chaperones

  • For 4th grade and up only
  • Minimum of 15 guests
  • Available Wednesday-Friday

This is an educator guided field trip to Mesa Grande Cultural Park, a couple of miles north of the museum. It is the location of a Hohokam platform mound and an active archaeological site. It is entirely outdoors, so plan to get the real archaeological experience of being dirty, sweaty and in the elements!

The students are led by trained and experienced archaeologists and paleontologists, who are familiar with the latest techniques and research. The students map a unit, sieve for and examine real artifacts, take a tour, learn about diet and life in the desert, and experience the thrill of hunting for fake rabbits using the same techniques as the Hohokam.

This program is highly adaptable for any level above 4th grade. We are also able to serve special needs programs, including groups with physical disabilities. This program generally has a minimum of 15 guests and a maximum of 200.  Please contact us if you are a smaller special needs program.

Booking Policies

All field trips must be booked through http://arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org/plan-a-visit/booking-request-form or call the booking line at 480-644-3553.  Mesa Grande is an exclusive use site so please have more than one date chosen for your trip in case your first choice has already been taken.  If you are Title I please indicate your status in the Notes section of the booking request form.  It may take a few days to process your request.  Thank you for your patience.

Teachers and chaperones are not free at Mesa Grande or the AzMNH and they never have been.  We charge a low per person rate for every individual that is attending the trip.

Most questions before and after booking can be answered by checking our FAQ page at http://arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org/for-educators/field-trips/mesa-grande-fieldtrip-faqsbut if you do not find your answer there please contact Emily.early@mesaaz.gov.

*Mesa Grande field trips require a $100 non-refundable deposit that will go towards the cost of your trip and keep your date held.  NOTE:  If you cancel your trip, the deposit will not be returned.

*Rescheduling and Cancellation Policies

Trips may be rescheduled once, 31 days or more in advance.  If you initially book your trip less than 31 days out, you will not be permitted to reschedule. 

If you need a schedule that differs from our typical 90 minute program that runs from 10-11:30 in the morning and/or 12-1:30 in the afternoon (you can find the typical schedule in the FAQ section of the website that is linked in our Booking Policies), you must alert staff either in the Notes section of the booking request form or as soon as you receive your confirmation.  Trips are staffed over a month in advance and changes such as late start will not be made the week of your trip.

Cancellations result in the loss of your deposit.  You have one week between receiving your confirmation letter and submitting the deposit to hold your date.  During that week confirm your availability with your administration and check on your transportation.  A reschedule during that period WILL count as your one reschedule.

Enjoy your field trip to Mesa Grande!

*New policy effective for trips booked beginning December 15, 2016



 

Kids having fun

Combined AzMNH/Mesa Grande Field Trip

$9.00 per person including teachers and chaperones

  • For 4th grade and up
  • Available Tuesday-Friday

This field trip combines the Mesa Grande archaeological adventure (educator guided program) with a self-guided exploration of the Arizona Museum of Natural history.

Joint field trips are a wonderful opportunity for the students to see the scientific method in action along with the interpretation of those results in a museum setting. Large groups of 70 or more are divided in half and switch between the Mesa Grande program and visiting the AZ Museum of Natural History.

Interactive Mesa Grande and Mesa Grande/AzMNH Joint Field Trips

Mesa Grande field trips are dynamic experiences designed to fit into Arizona Science and Social Science Standards.  Each trip is led by trained teams of archaeological educators, making each trip an exclusive use program at the site.  They require a significant amount of preparation, organization and staffing to offer your schools a unique program that can stand alone or enhance a museum trip.  Given the time that goes into our training and booking, these policies apply specifically for this one of a kind program.

Booking Policies

All field trips must be booked through http://arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org/plan-a-visit/booking-request-form or call the booking line at 480-644-3553.  Mesa Grande is an exclusive use site so please have more than one date chosen for your trip in case your first choice has already been taken.  If you are Title I please indicate your status in the Notes section of the booking request form.  It may take a few days to process your request.  Thank you for your patience.

Teachers and chaperones are not free at Mesa Grande or the AzMNH and they never have been.  We charge a low per person rate for every individual that is attending the trip.

Most questions before and after booking can be answered by checking our FAQ page at http://arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org/for-educators/field-trips/mesa-grande-fieldtrip-faqs but if you do not find your answer there please contact Emily.early@mesaaz.gov.

*Mesa Grande field trips require a $100 non-refundable deposit that will go towards the cost of your trip and keep your date held.  NOTE:  If you cancel your trip, the deposit will not be returned.

*Rescheduling and Cancellation Policies

Trips may be rescheduled once, 31 days or more in advance.  If you initially book your trip less than 31 days out, you will not be permitted to reschedule. 

If you need a schedule that differs from our typical 90 minute program that runs from 10-11:30 in the morning and/or 12-1:30 in the afternoon (you can find the typical schedule in the FAQ section of the website that is linked in our Booking Policies), you must alert staff either in the Notes section of the booking request form or as soon as you receive your confirmation.  Trips are staffed over a month in advance and changes such as late start will not be made the week of your trip.

Cancellations result in the loss of your deposit.  You have one week between receiving your confirmation letter and submitting the deposit to hold your date.  During that week confirm your availability with your administration and check on your transportation.  A reschedule during that period WILL count as your one reschedule.

Enjoy your field trip to Mesa Grande!

*New policy effective for trips booked beginning December 15, 2016