Field Trips at The Leonardo
Field trips are our staff’s favorite because they get to see wide-eyed students immerse themselves in experiences that prompt them to ask the big questions and explore what impacts their lives and their world. Through a blend of stimulating science exhibits, awe-inspiring art installations, and hands-on workshops, students develop critical-thinking skills, find creative solutions and gain new approaches to problem solving. These experiences support Utah State standards for grades K-12 and integrate principles from science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts.
Sponsored field trips
Limited sponsorship funds are available on a first-come first-served basis for workshops and self-guided field trips.
Book a Field Trip to The Leonardo
In-Depth Workshops are offered Monday through Friday at 9:30am and 11:30am during the school year. Self-Guided Field Trips through The Leonardo’s permanent exhibits 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.
Field trips are available to accredited public, charter, and private K-12 schools. Homeschool groups are welcome to attend under the same policies and procedures as traditional schools.
Leonardo’s Permanent Exhibits
During a self-guided field trip, classes explore The Leonardo 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 and lesson plans to relate the experience to what they are teaching in their classrooms. Self-guided field trips last 1 ½ – 2 hours and cost $4.00 per student. Special Traveling Exhibits are not included in this ticket price but we can offer exclusive discounted pricing for K-12 field trips, please call for details.
Get the most out of your visit by adding an in-depth workshop to your self-guided field trip for an additional $2.50 per student, total $6.50 per student. (Allow 3 ½ hours.)
The Leonardo’s permanent exhibits are FREE to all Utah public and charter schools. Scholarships are provided on a first come first serve basis. We are currently booking through the 2015-2016 school year. Please indicate within the online form if your school is a part of the public or charter school system.
In-Depth Workshops at The Leonardo give students the opportunity to become scientists as they develop their creativity and problem-solving skills. These interdisciplinary, inquiry-based workshops are directly related to Utah State Office of Education Core Curriculum standards for grades K-12. Please see the workshop descriptions below for more details.
Time: Each workshop lasts approximately 1.5 hours
Costs: $5.50 per student.
Add a self-guided field trip tour through The Leonardo’s Permanent Exhibits for an additional $1.00/student, or $6.50 total (Allow 2 1/2 hours).
To learn more about our in-depth workshop programs, and to find out when new workshops become available, sign up for our Educator Newsletter.
Field Trip Policies
All schools must abide by these policies:
Please arrive at your scheduled reservation.
Upon arrival, we ask that your group meet our facilitator on the southwest side of the building. If you are arriving by bus, we ask that your students stay on the bus so our facilitators can give your group an introduction before leading you into the building. Bus parking is available on 600 S. once students have entered the building. During the introduction, we will have the primary chaperone head to the admissions desk to take care of check-in and payment.
Students must be accompanied by an actively participating chaperone at all times including The Leo Store and SALT Bistro. Chaperones must be 21 or older and must stay with the students. They should help students get the most out of the field trip by assisting in activities, encouraging good behavior, and handling any disciplinary problems.
For all field trips, you must provide at least one chaperone for every 15 students. Active engagement for the duration of the visit is essential.
Additional adults booked with a field trip reservation will be charged a reduced admission price.
Minimum group size: 15 students Maximum group size for self-guided field trips through The Leonardo’s Permanent Exhibits is 100 students. The maximum size for workshops is 70 students, which will be split into two smaller groups (35/per class). The maximum for a workshop plus a self-guided field trip is 70 students.
Students are expected to participate fully in the activities and be respectful of themselves, other students and museum visitors, The Leonardo staff, exhibits, and property. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for encouraging good behavior and taking care of any disciplinary problems. The Leonardo reserves the right to ask misbehaving students to leave and a chaperone must supervise them on the bus or arrange for transportation home.
Please let us know if there are any accommodations for students with any special needs. If the group will be bringing a dedicated chaperone as additional support for the student(s) with special needs, they will not be counted as an additional paying chaperone.
The Leonardo has limited lunch space. You must request a lunch space when scheduling your field trip. If you plan to schedule a lunch space, please request more time for the field trip. Schools are encouraged to bring their own lunches, but box lunches may be purchased within Salt Bistro. A request must be made in advanced for larger groups looking for box lunches. Please make the request in your original booking.
Photos may be taken during your field trip to be used for evaluation or marketing purposes. If there are any students in the group who have a legal reason not to have their photo taken, 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. Free street parking for buses and chaperone cars is available 1 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 (entrance on 400 S.)
Field trips must be cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the visit. If your group checks in for your field trip with fewer students than originally planned, and a payment has already been made, refund inquiries can be discussed upon arrival at the admissions desk.