Field Trips at The Leonardo
Looking to engage your students in deep learning at The Leonardo? Make our whole museum your classroom! Our team of educators are ready to facilitate workshops that will keep students of all ages engaged and excited to learn.
Field Trips are available Monday through Friday with flexible scheduling options. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All field trips must be booked at least one week in advance with a minimum group size of 15 students. Please allow The Leonardo five business days to respond.
Field trip experiences support Utah State Board of Education standards for grades K-12 and integrate principles from science, technology, engineering, math and the arts.
A standard field trip experience includes:
- An orientation led by Leo staff.
- A small group workshop led by Leo staff. See below for additional information on Workshops.
- Exploration of The Leonardo’s exhibits for the remainder of the field trip.
Pricing for standard field trips:
Below are the prices for field trips. Public and charter schools are FREE due to funding from the Utah State Board of Education (Utah public/charter schools only). Field trip pricing cannot be combined with any other discounts, including memberships.
|Public or Charter||Homeschool, Private, Out-of-State, or non-school programs||Workshop Prices|
Homeschool groups may be asked to submit their affidavit certificate to the Reservations Manager. Any student four years and up will be charged field trip pricing.
The Leonardo’s Permanent Exhibits
During a field trip, groups explore The Leonardo’s exhibits and installations at their own pace. Students interact with cutting-edge exhibits that encourage them to examine the role of science, art, and technology in their lives. Teachers are encouraged to use the provided field trip guides to relate the experience to what they are teaching in their classrooms. Exploring all of the Leo’s exhibits typically takes about two hours.
The Leonardo’s permanent exhibits are FREE to all Utah public and charter schools. Please indicate within the online form if your school is a part of the public or charter school system.
Field Trip Workshops
A standard field trip experience includes one workshop for your students (usually at the start of the field trip). Workshops are not offered in June, July, or August.
CIRCUIT CARDs(Meets 5TH science core standards)
Explore current electricity by creating your own circuit! Learn (or review) the parts of a complete circuit, investigate amps, volts, and watts, and understand the speed of an electron! Students will participate in a facilitate group activity and create their own light-up circuit cards to take home with them.
SPECTROSCOPES (meets 8th SEEd standards)
What color is light! Build a device to help you understand light waves and the ways we can use/manipulate them. Students will build a spectroscope to take home. They will discuss light waves, reflection, and refraction.
ART IN MOTION (meets k science core standards)
Explore the concept of non-living things in motion! Use your ability to create push and pull forces to make an artistic masterpiece and discuss the ever-present force of gravity that keeps us all grounded! Students will discuss/review non-living motion by playing charades and will create an art piece using forces they apply to a non-living object.
STRENGTH & STRUCTURE CHALLENGE (meets 3rd science core and 8th sEEd standards)
Tension, compression, shear- investigate the forces engineers and architects must keep in mind in order to design and build strong structures. Discover strong shapes and use your knowledge to create a structure that will hold up under pressure!
Students will attempt to build a structure out of construction paper that will hold up an encyclopedia. After an exploration/review of shapes and forces to keep in mind, they will build a structure a group.
1st Grade: Science and Petroglyphs
Description: Explore the concept of non-living things in motion! Use your ability to push and pull objects to move them in different directions. Students will learn about how Fremont and Anasazi Native Americans made petroglyphs using patterns and recreate them. Then students will take this skill to create their very own petroglyph.
1st Grade Science Standard 3: Physical Science. Students will gain an understanding of Physical Science through the study of the forces of motion and the properties of materials.
Objective 1: Analyze changes in the movement of nonliving things.
- a) Describe, classify, and communicate observations about the motion of objects, e.g., straight, zigzag, circular, curved, back‐and‐forth, and fast or slow.
- b) Compare and contrast the movement of objects using drawings, graphs, and numbers.
- c) Explain how a push or pull can affect how an object moves.
2nd Grade Social Studies Standard 1: (Culture): Students will recognize and describe how people within their community, state, and nation are both similar and different.
2nd Grade: Safe Landings
Description: Explore the concept of free fall, gravity, and air resistance. Students will predict which objects will fall fastest and why some objects fall slower. Then students will build and test a parachute design to slow the fall of a skydiver or landing capsule.
2nd Grade Science Standard 3: Physical Science
Physical Science. Students will gain an understanding of Physical Science through the study of the forces of motion and the properties of materials.
1a. Observe falling objects and identify things that prevent them from reaching the ground.
1b. Communicate observations that similar objects of varying masses fall at the same rate.
Students can name and/or develop things which prevent objects from reaching the ground.
Students can conduct simple experiments (make predictions, gather data, and draw conclusions) to investigate the rate of falling for similar objects of varying masses (large rock/small rock, full bottle/empty bottle). The products could include: prediction charts, journals, etc.
3rd Grade: Smooth Sailing
Description: Explore the concepts of force and motion by designing a sailboat. Learn about Newton’s Laws before making your boat. Will yours be the fastest? Will it survive stormy conditions? Anchors away!
3rd Grade Standard 3
Forces cause changes in the speed or direction of the motion of an object. The greater the force placed on an object, the greater the change in motion. The more massive an object is, the less effect a given force will have upon the motion of the object. Earth’s gravity pulls objects toward it without touching them.
Demonstrate how forces cause changes in speed or direction of objects.
- a) Show that objects at rest will not move unless a force is applied to them.
- b) Compare the forces of pushing and pulling.
- c) Investigate how forces applied through simple machines affect the direction and/or amount of resulting force.
Demonstrate that the greater the force applied to an object, the greater the change in speed or direction of the object.
- a) Predict and observe what happens when a force is applied to an object (e.g., wind, flowing water).
- b) Compare and chart the relative effects of a force of the same strength on objects of different weight (e.g., the breeze from a fan will move a piece of paper but may not move a piece of cardboard).
- c) Compare the relative effects of forces of different strengths on an object (e.g., strong wind affects an object differently than a breeze).
6th Grade: Survive the Plunge
Description: Can you help Leo survive the arctic cold? Students will learn how and why heat flows between objects. They will then use thermochromic paint to compare the thermal conductivity of different materials.
6.2.3 Plan and carry out an investigation to determine the relationship between temperature, the amount of heat transferred, and the change of average particle motion in various types or amounts of matter. Emphasize recording and evaluating data, and communicating the results of the investigation.
6.2.4 Design an object, tool, or process that minimizes or maximizes heat energy transfer. Identify criteria and constraints, develop a prototype for iterative testing, analyze data from testing, and propose modifications for optimizing the design solution. Emphasize demonstrating how the structure of differing materials allows them to function as either conductors or insulators.
Perks For Teachers
Public and charter, K-12 teachers will receive a $45 voucher towards a Leonardo membership!
|Normal Price||Price with Voucher|
|Individual (One adult)||FREE|
|Dual (Two adults)||$20|
|Family (Two adults and up to four dependents under 18)||$60|
|Family Plus (Two adults and up to six guests of any age)||$100|
Membership perks include:
- Unlimited annual admission to The Leonardo’s General Exhibits
- 15% off Salt Bistro & retail purchases
- FREE Admission to monthly Leonardo After Dark events (21+) for card holders
- Discounts for Dining Programs (Libations @ The Leonardo, Dining in the Dark, Flirting with Food, etc.)
- Special monthly Member’s Only events and activities
- Discounts to select programs, workshops and camps
- Discounts on birthday packages
- Discounted admission for guests ($8.95) when accompanied by a member
- Subscription to The Leonardo’s member-only newsletter
- Reciprocal benefits at museums and science centers nationwide via the ASTC Passport Program (Visit http://www.astc.org/passport/ for rules and regulations)
Field Trip Policies
All field trip groups are required to observe the following policies:
- If you will be arriving later than your reservation, contact Leo staff as soon as possible with a revised arrival time.
- Upon arrival, students and chaperones can be dropped off on 200 E or 500 S. Students and chaperones should gather in front of the Leo’s field trip entrance (on the southwest side of the building). Additional information can be found in our parking guide.
- After the field trip starts, a Leo staff member will take the lead teacher to Admissions to check-in (and handle payment, if necessary).
- Please contact The Leonardo for arrival times after 3:00 PM.
Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card prior to or upon your arrival. One single sum payment must be made for the entire field trip group. Group members paying separately are not eligible for field trip reservation rates and will be charged general admission.
We require a certain number of chaperones per number of students.
- K-6th grade: 1 chaperone for every 5 students
- 7th-12th: 1 chaperone for every 8 students.
Students must be accompanied by a chaperone at all times while in the museum. Chaperones must be 21 or older and must stay with the students. Chaperones will be provided with a field trip guide and an orientation upon arrival and are expected to help students get the most out of the field trip by assisting in activities, encouraging good behavior, and handling any disciplinary problems.
Minimum group size for a field trip is 15 students. If your group makes a reservation or arrives with less than 15 students, the Leonardo reserves the right to charge general admission prices.
Maximum group size for field trips is 150 students. If your group exceeds 150 students, The Leonardo will contact you to coordinate time and spacing between groups.
In the event of disruptive behavior, Leo staff reserve the right to ask students and chaperones to leave the museum.
In the event of damage to museum property, Leo staff reserve the right to charge the field trip’s leader or organization for the cost of repair.
Please let us know if there are any students with any special needs that require specific accomodations. If the group will be bringing a dedicated chaperone as additional support for the student(s) with special needs, they will be considered a free chaperone.
Students are welcome to visit the gift shop as long as they are accompanied by a chaperone. Students and chaperones are welcome to purchase from a limited menu at the Bistro.
The Leonardo reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event hosted by The Leonardo, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. The Leonardo may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by The Leonardo including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.
To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian. A person attending a Leonardo event who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution should make their wishes known to the photographer, and/or the event organizers, and/or contact The Leonardo at 209 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, in writing of his/her intentions and include a photograph. The Leonardo will use the photo for identification purposes and will hold it in confidence.
There is a drop-off zone on the east side (going north) of 200 E where buses can drop off students. Students can also be dropped off on the north side of 500 S if parking is available.
Free street parking for buses and chaperone cars is available one block south of The Leonardo on 600 S between 200 E and 400 E. Paid parking for chaperone cars is also available in the underground parking garage that is owned by the city (entrances on 400 S and 500 S). The Leonardo does not validate for street-side parking meters or for the city-owned parking garage.
Arriving late for a field trip may result in a shortened or cancelled workshop, to be determined by The Leonardo’s staff. We try to accommodate school groups and their schedules, but due to other groups’ reservations we cannot guarantee a workshop if your group arrives late. Refunds will not be given to groups arriving late.
UTA offers passes for free rides to students and chaperones on a field trip (with some rules and restrictions). For more information, contact Linda Blosch at 801-287-2195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any requests to cancel or reschedule a field trip must be made at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled field trip date. Any requests to reschedule within two weeks cannot be guaranteed the preferred date or time, and may be charged a rescheduling fee. Rescheduling a field trip more than once may also incur a rescheduling fee.
If a field trip must be cancelled or rescheduled on short notice due to inclement weather, please provide as much notice as possible.