Field Trips at The Leonardo
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 Leo’s exhibits for the remainder of the field trip. See below for additional information on the Leo’s exhibits.
- A chance to meet one of the Leo’s STEAM career experts. See below for additional information on Career Encounters.
Pricing for standard field trips:
All field trip groups receive a discounted admission rate. Public and charter schools receive an additional $4.00 discount (included below) 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.
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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 Leo’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.
Career Encounters are available Monday-Friday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. One (or more) of our STEAM activity spaces will be staffed by a STEAM career expert weekday mornings during field trips. STEAM activity spaces include:
- the Science Lab
- the Artist’s Studio
- the Engineer’s Workshop
- the Computer Lab
Depending on the area, our STEAM experts will have a range of activities to offer. Examples include: exciting science demonstrations, hands-on machine construction, practicing artistic techniques and more.
STEAM activity spaces are open depending on staff schedules and cannot be scheduled for individual field trips.
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 6th science core 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-3rd 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 and 8th science core 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.
Field Trip Transportation Scholarships
The Leonardo’s field trip transportation scholarships are generously supported by the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) through a Fund-a-Bus grant.
To apply for this scholarship, complete the field trip booking form here. In the “Questions or Comments” section, ask for additional information about Fund-a-Bus. Additional information:
- Five scholarships of up to $200 each will be distributed. (Any remaining funds will result in the creation of a smaller, final scholarship.)
- The scholarship will be made on a first-come, first-served basis to requesting teachers.
- Scholarships will be distributed *only* to Title I schools.
- Scholarships will be distributed *only* as a reimbursement after the field trip to cover the cost of buses (school or charter). Requesting teachers will be required to submit an invoice or receipt to The Leonardo within 30 days of the field trip.
- Reimbursement checks will be made out only to the school.
- Recipients may be asked to complete a survey after their field trip.
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.
During field trips, photos may be taken by museum staff to be used for evaluation or marketing purposes. If there are any students in the group who may not be photographed, please inform the lead facilitator when your group arrives. Otherwise, by participating in a field trip, all participants give permission for their photos to be used by The Leonardo. We will inform you if your field trip can expect to have their photos taken.
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 email@example.com.
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.