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 and awe-inspiring art installations, students will 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 for public and charter K-12 schools on a first-come first-served basis for self-guided field trips.
UNSPONSORED FIELD TRIPS
Homeschools and non-school groups are welcome to attend under the same policies as traditional schools at the field trip rate: students ($4.00 each), chaperones ($7.00 each). Homeschools must present their affidavit certificate with the school district signatures with their field trip request.
*Any student 4 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.
One Workshop = $2.00 per student
Two Workshops = $3.50 per student
Three Workshops = $5.00 per student
*Leonardo workshops are not covered by sponsorship funds.
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 Hylozic 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 Hylozic 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:
Please arrive at your scheduled reservation.
Upon arrival, we ask that your group meet our facilitator on the west side of the building on 200 East. 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 South 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.
If paying with a check, please make sure to list the name of the school along with the field trip date on the check.
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. 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.
For all field trips, you must provide at least one chaperone for every 5 students for grades K-6 and one chaperone for every 8 students for grades 7-12. Active engagement for the duration of the visit is essential. If not enough chaperones are provided, The Leonardo reserves the right to charge a surcharge.
Additional adults booked with a field trip reservation will be charged a reduced admission price of $7.00.
Minimum group size: 15 students. Maximum group size for self-guided field trips through The Leonardo’s Permanent Exhibits is 100 students. If your group exceeds 100 students The Leonardo will contact you to coordinate more time and spacing between groups.
Students are expected to participate fully in the activities and be respectful of exhibits and property; Leonardo staff; other students and museum visitors; and themselves. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for managing good behavior and discipline as needed. 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.