Field Trip Calendar

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are temporarily closed to the public. Please visit our Distance Learning resource page. Sign up for our Educator Mailing List to be notified when virtual field trips and in-person field trips become available. 

Find availability for Discovery Lab & Tours, Reserved School Tours, or Self-guided Exhibit Explorations for K-12 and Community College classes here.

Discovery Lab & Tours

Annual schedule: Tuesday-Friday, October 15, 2019 – May 29, 2020.

  • Discovery Lab applications received by the lottery deadline (September 5, 2019) have the best selection of program dates and times.
  • Applications received after the lottery deadline will be contacted with available dates and times after all lottery applications have been scheduled.

Dates available: See the most current list of dates and times available.

See Discovery Lab Scheduling for more information.

Reserved School Tour

Annual schedule: Tuesday-Sunday, year-round; Monday also available in July-August.

Reserved School Tours may not be booked on Community Free Days (9/17/19, 10/17/19, 11/12/19, 12/6/19).

  • Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance year round, and far in advance for spring.
  • Available slots are filled on a first come, first served basis.
  • If you are interested in a Reserved School Tour, please review the information on our Field Trips page, then call (831) 459-3800 to make a reservation.

Self-guided Exhibit Exploration

Annual schedule: Tuesday-Sunday, year round; Monday also available in July-August.

Self-guided Exhibit Explorations may not be booked on Community Free Days (9/17/19, 10/17/19, 11/12/19, 12/6/19).

  • Advance reservations required year round, and far in advance for spring.
  • Available slots are filled on a first come, first served basis.
  • If you are interested in a Self-guided Exhibit Exploration, please review the information on our Field Trips page, then call (831) 459-3800 to make a reservation.

Spotlight!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
October 31, 2020
Prepare for a spook-tacular virtual event! Learn how UC Santa Cruz researchers are uncovering the chilling mysteries of the deep sea.

FLIP FOR SEA STARS!
Go batty for these time-lapse videos and animations of sea stars in action. Check out these new distance learning resources.

LABSIDE CHATS
November 12, 2020, 11 AM
Tune in to learn how mercury plays a role in the ocean, in the air, and within all living things with Carl Lamborg, Ph.D.

SERENE MARINE MOMENT
Meditate on a purple sea urchin’s mesmerizing movements and microscopic features in this peaceful one-minute video. Watch it here.

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