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A Unique Field-Trip Opportunity for Title I Middle Schools

by Nicole Webster -- Feb 24, 2016
A woman wearing glasses and blue gloves holds up two human skulls. Teenage students watch in the background.

Nicole Webster is the School Programs Coordinator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. She develops, evaluates, and facilitates...

Students handle real human bones in Q?rius during a Field Trip Day Sponsored by Google in 2015. Photo by Fiona Wilkinson, Smithsonian.
Students handle real human bones in Q?rius during a Field Trip Day Sponsored by Google in 2015. Photo by Fiona Wilkinson, Smithsonian.

For a limited time this spring, Google is providing financial assistance to make field trips to the National Museum of Natural History possible for middle-school students from Title I schools in the D.C. area. For teachers interested in bringing their class or entire grade to the museum for a field trip, this is a unique opportunity to do so.

Image icongoogleday_32_student-at-microscope-300x200.jpgThe Museum is hosting Field Trip Days Sponsored by Google on select days starting in March and going through June 2016. Selected groups will receive free buses, IMAX tickets, lunch vouchers for students and a set number of chaperones, interactive experiences in Museum exhibits, and school programs in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center.

Our recommended visit time at the Museum is 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., but we are happy to work with you to accommodate your group’s time constraints. Groups of up to 140 students can participate in one of our Q?rius School Programs. During these 60-minute, standards-aligned, Museum Educator-led programs, students can step into the role of a forensic anthropologist, geologist, or biologist to solve scientific puzzles, or explore our 6,000-object Collections Zone to learn about how our scientists conduct collections-based research.

When not in Q?rius, you can choose from structured or self-guided visits to explore the Sant Ocean Hall and/or the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals.

The Field Trip Days Sponsored by Google program is only open to Title I middle schools from the Washington, D.C., metro area. We have a limited number of slots, so contact us today if you are interested!

Do you have a group of more than 140 students? Would you like your group to experience another museum exhibit? Contact us to discuss possibilities for your group.

(Note: During the 2016-2017 school year, the Field Trip Days sponsored by Google program is available to both Title I middle schools and high schools.)

Categories: School Programs