Mesa Grande Fieldtrip FAQs

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Mesa Grande Fieldtrip FAQs

How do we book a fieldtrip?

Submit a group booking request HERE.

Or call 480-644-3553 or e-mail azmnhgroups@mesaaz.gov

Please speak to your principal before you set a date. In the event you need to reschedule, the date you choose may already be booked with another field trip.

Why do I need to give my cell phone number?

When you fill out the group booking form you will need to include your cell phone number.  This is in case of a traffic jam, lost bus, or any other delays that we will need to be alerted of the day of the trip.  This is also in case of bad weather.  If there has been a storm the day before or morning of your trip Dr. Early will contact you and let you know if the paths at Mesa Grande are safe for your students or if it’s best to reschedule.

Are we able to walk between the Arizona Museum of Natural History (AzMNH) and Mesa Grande?

No, AzMNH and Mesa Grande are not within walking distance of each other. You are responsible for providing transportation between the two facilities.  The addresses are as follows:

Arizona Museum of Natural History

53 N. Macdonald

Mesa, AZ 85201

______________________

Mesa Grande Cultural Park

1000 N. Date

Mesa, AZ 85201

 

What will our schedule look like?

We work with every teacher to the best of our ability to accommodate their needs with their bus schedules.  We can be flexible with the length of stations but in general we cannot start trips before 10am.  If you have a smaller group then we try to cut down on the number of buses you need and your schedule may look like this:

Time

Mesa Grande

Tour and Screening

Mock Units

Biology

10:00-10:30am

Bobcats

Road runners

Rattlesnakes

10:30-11:00am

Rattlesnakes

Bobcats

Road runners

11:00-11:30am

Road runners

Rattlesnakes

Bobcats

11:30-12:00pm

LUNCH

12:00pm-1:30pm

AzMNH self guided visit

 

If you have a larger group then they are split so that one half starts at AzMNH and the other half starts at Mesa Grande.  Everyone has lunch at Mesa Grande and then the groups switch their locations.  It looks roughly like this:

Time

Museum

Mesa Grande

Mock Units

Biology

Tour and Screening

10:00-10:30am

Gila/Coyotes/ J.Rabbit

Bobcats

Road runners

Rattlesnakes

10:30-11:00am

Gila/Coyotes/ J.Rabbit

Rattlesnakes

Bobcats

Road runners

11:00-11:30am

Gila/Coyotes/ J.Rabbit

Road runners

Rattlesnakes

Bobcats

11:30-12:00pm

LUNCH AND SWITCH GROUPS

12:00-12:30pm

R.runners/R.snakes/B.cats

Jack Rabbits

Gila monsters

Coyotes

12:30-1:00pm

R.runners/R.snakes/B.cats

Coyotes

Jack Rabbits

Gila monsters

1:00-1:30pm

R.runners/R.snakes/B.cats

Gila monsters

Coyotes

Jack Rabbits

 

How do we group the students?

We generally contact you the week before the trip with your official schedule.  The number of groups is based on the number of students you have as well as the availability of our volunteers.  We ask that you follow the grouping we give you and that each group has roughly equal numbers.

How many chaperones do we need?

We recommend 1 chaperone to every five students.  There are station leaders at Mesa Grande but they are NOT responsible for student behavior and should not be expected to keep control of your groups.  Our station leaders are there to educate.  AzMNH visits are entirely self-guided and it is doubly important for the children to be chaperoned there.

Do we have to have lunch?  If so, where can we eat?

It is required that students participating in a joint AzMNH/Mesa Grande field trip have a lunch break. The schedule is designed with this in mind.  We have picnic tables at Mesa Grande to be used for your lunch break.

May we have water bottles and food at times other than lunch?

At AzMNH water bottles and food are not allowed inside the galleries. There are drinking fountains throughout the museum.

At Mesa Grande there are drinking fountains at the front of the Visitor Center and students are encouraged to carry water bottles.  Food is only allowed at lunch and all wrappers, containers, etc must be disposed of in our trash and recycle bins.

What should we wear?

Mesa Grande is an outdoor facility. Students will be participating in activities that are archaeological in nature. Please make sure they are dressed with stable and closed toed shoes, sun screen, hat, and warm or cool clothing that is appropriate to the weather.