Roam with dinosaurs at the Museum of Ancient Life; Meet your favorite farm critters at Farm Country; Explore the wonders all around us at the Museum of Natural Curiosity; Visit an oasis in the desert at the Ashton Gardens.
(Butterfly Biosphere will be available for field trips starting in the Fall of 2019)
For any other questions please see FAQ or contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling 801-768-4971. The Museum of Natural Curiosity is booked for the remainder of the school year. Please submit a request form to visit a different venue.
Although the venues at Thanksgiving Point offer a wide variety of activities, we encourage all teachers to come on a field trip with a purpose for their students to learn something new. Please view the following resources to help prepare for your field trip:
We can allow up to a 1:1 ratio for adults (free) to special needs students with prior notice (include in Notes on request form or call 801-768-4971).
(All funding has been distributed for 2018-2019; Funding for 2019-2020 will be available on July 1, 2019).
Thanks to generous donors and funds received from the Utah State Office of Educators Informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE), Thanksgiving Point can extend scholarships to public schools and public charter schools to visit one Thanksgiving Point venue (once per school year, per grade) while scholarship funding is available.
Twice a year Thanksgiving Point offers a Home and Online School Education Day. Enjoy facilitated educational activities in each of our venues designed to give students opportunities to discover scientific concepts for themselves. Come explore the curious wonders of the Museum of Natural Curiosity or roam through the dinosaurs in the Museum of Ancient Life. Meet the farm animals at Farm Country or choose to visit the stately gardens at the Ashton Gardens!
Rescheduled: Wednesday, February 27th 2019
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Aston Gardens are closed in February. The Butterfly Biosphere will be included in our Fall Education Day.
Benefits for coming to our special Home and Online School Educational Day:
Requirements for the special rate:
Changes are being made to the Teacher Sneak Peek! Soon you will be able to register online before coming to the venue of your choice to preview for the field trip. You will then receive a pass to get you and a guest into the venue of your choosing. When you arrive at the venue, you will need to present the pass and your Utah K-12 teacher ID. No more forms to fill out at the front desk! More information regarding online information coming soon.
Until then, in order to be admitted on a Teacher Sneak Peek you must bring a copy of the field trip contract for your upcoming scheduled field trip along with your current teacher ID to the front desk of the venue you will be visiting with your school/students. The Teacher Sneak Peek is not available for field trips that have already occurred.
The Teacher Sneak Peek is currently accepted at the Museum of Ancient Life, Farm Country, The Museum of Natural Curiosity and the Ashton Gardens (seasonal). Starting in the fall of 2019, the Teacher Sneak Peek will also be available at Butterfly Biosphere!
BLACK OUT DATES: Teacher Sneak Peeks will not be accepted during the Tulip Festival, Outdoor Movie Series, Storytelling Festival, or during any special ticketed events.
Teacher Educator's Day
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Educator's, we value your efforts to give your students opportunities to explore science outside the classroom. During Teacher Educator's Day, you can experience for yourself what Thanksgiving Point has to offer your students at the Museum of Natural Curiosity, Museum of Ancient Life, Farm Country and Ashton Gardens.
Admission is free on this date for all educators with current school identification and you may arrive any time between 3:00 pm-7:00 pm. Please check-in in the lobby of Museum of Ancient Life or Museum of Natural Curiosity to get your free pass. Bring your fellow educators to visit our wonderfully diverse venues to see how our exhibits and immersive environments correlate to the state standards for your grade and how our programs can support and enhance your good work in the classroom.
Learn about self-guided and facilitated K-12 field trips, scholarships to help with the cost of visiting Thanksgiving Point, free statewide outreach programs for 3rd and 8th grades, USU Science Kits for checkout, and the ECO Challenge high school environmental science program. Check our state standard-related activities that are a part of Explorer PLUS facilitated field trips offered at each venue and explore our spaces to get inspiration for bringing science to life for your students.
Thanksgiving Point does not have any official place for large groups to eat lunch.
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