Field Trips at The Leonardo
Field Trips are available 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. Please allow The Leonardo five business days to respond.
These experiences support USOE standards for grades K-12 and integrate principles from science, technology, engineering, math and the arts.
A standard field trip experience includes:
- 20 minutes of demonstration and orientation, led by Leo staff.
- 30 minutes of small group workshops, led by Leo staff.
- More than an hour of self-guided exploration time in our exhibit spaces. Leo staff will guide your chaperones in leading student challenges.
Limited sponsorship funds are available for public and charter K-12 schools on a first-come, first-serve basis for self-guided field trips. Contact the Reservations Manager for additional field trip programming options.
UNSPONSORED FIELD TRIPS
For a standard field trip experience, unsponsored field trips pay:
- Students: $6.50
- Chaperones (required): Free
- Chaperones (additional): $7.00
Non-school groups (after-school, camps, home-school, etc.) pay:
- Reduced rate on admission.
Homeschools will be asked to submit their affidavit certificate to the Reservations Manager. Any student four years and up will be charged field trip pricing.
Book a Field Trip to The Leonardo
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. Please allow The Leonardo five business days to respond.
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 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.
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.
A standard field trip experience includes one workshop. Additional workshops are available at reduced rates–workshops are not covered by sponsorship funds.
- One Workshop = $2.50 per student
- Two Workshops = $4.00 per student
- Three Workshops = $5.50 per student
CIRCUIT CARDS | GRADES- 4-8 (HITS CORE OF 5TH)
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.
CAPILLARY ACTION ART | GRADES- 2-6
Discover water’s amazing ability to defy gravity! How does H2O do it? Discuss cohesion, adhesion, and capillary action as you create a one-of-a-kind art piece that shows you those principles at work. Students will discuss/review some interesting properties of water. They will create an art piece that demonstrates the properties of cohesion and adhesion.
SPECTROSCOPES | GRADES- 3-8
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 | GRADES- K-3 (CORE FOR K-2)
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 | GRADES- 5-8
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. They will use bamboo rods and connectors and we will test the strength of their designs at the end of the activity.
RESPONSIVE CITY | GRADES- 5-8
Take a guided tour of the Hylozoic Veil and discuss responsive architecture. Brainstorm ideas for a city of the future then create your own with a group of schoolmates.
Students will take a guided tour of our Hylozoic Veil exhibit and discuss Phillip Beesley as a modern da Vinci: combining computer science, art, architecture, and biology. Students will tap into their own inner da Vinci to create a “responsive city” with a group.
Field Trip Policies
All schools must abide by these 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 East. Students and chaperones should gather in front of the Leo’s main entrance.
- A single chaperone or teacher should enter the museum to check-in (and handle payment, if necessary).
A single payment can be made by cash, check or credit card prior to or upon your arrival. Group members paying separately are not eligible for field trip reservation rates and will be charged general admission.
We love having fields trips here and we love the chaperones too! With so many kids per class, we ask that you respect our field trip ratio policy for chaperones (see details below). Failure to do so may result in groups being turned away, which we don’t want. Or we might ask you to provide a security deposit for the safety of our building. We’re just asking to help follow our rules so everyone can have the best field trip experience at The Leo.
- 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 instance of disruptive behavior the teacher and/or chaperone will be approached to resolve the situation. If the behavior persists, the museum staff reserves the right to ask students to leave the museum.
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.
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 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 (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.