FIELD TRIPS

What better way to investigate how and why things work the way they do than to roll up your sleeves and explore for yourself? Imagine the look on the faces of your students as they discover how electric currents travel through different materials, or how air pressure helps keep objects afloat. These discoveries and more are waiting to be revealed at the Discovery Center.

Here are some quick links to get you started toward a field trip at the Discovery Center:

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

FIELD TRIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR GROUPS THAT...

  • are K-12 students and their chaperones,
  • have a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 150 people,
  • pay with a single form of payment, and
  • are booked in advance.

FIELD TRIPS INCLUDE:

  • Educator Resource Guide
  • Group greeting
  • 2 hours to explore the Center
  • Reserved lunch space on a first-come, first-served basis (not available in the summer)

School year field trips are $4/participant; summer trips are $6/participant. Teachers and other chaperones pay field trip pricing when they are within the 1:10 minimum and 1:5 maximum ratio. Chaperones who exceed a ratio of 1:5 will pay regular admission prices.

We accept credit cards, cash, and checks. Final payment is due when you arrive, and will be calculated based on the number of students and chaperones present on the day of your visit (not the estimated number from your reservation). For this reason, pre-written checks are discouraged. Purchase orders are not accepted.

NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS. Additional needs-based scholarships are available for qualifying groups. Qualifying groups are identified by the school’s percentage of students who are eligible for free and reduced lunches (FRL). Adult chaperones within the recommended ratio of 1 adult per 5 students are included in the group’s field trip rate, with any additional guests and chaperones paying general admission pricing.

2018-2019 School Year Field Trip Exhibitions and Pricing

The BRICKS! exhibition opens 5/10/2019 in Gallery 2. An additional fee, at a reduced School Field Trip rate of $2 per participant, is required for entrance. The remaining Galleries will be open for regular visitation.

*Chaperones beyond the 1:5 maximum ratio must enter under general admission pricing

WHY THESE PRICES?

General admission pricing to the Discovery Center is $10+ (depending on the exhibition). Due to the generous support of our community and members, we are able to offer reduced admission pricing of $4.00 per person for groups visiting the Center. We recognize that there are many shapes and forms of need and are grateful to be able to offer additional scholarship assistance through the support of our community partners and sponsors including:

  • Idaho STEM Action Center
  • Idaho State Department of Education
  • Applied Materials Foundation
  • U.S. Bank Foundation
  • Union Pacific
  • Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation
  • The Whittenberger Foundation
  • Larry H. Miller Charities
  • Kissler Family Foundation Philanthropic Gift Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation
  • Statewide Education Philanthropic Gift Fund Idaho Community Foundation
  • AND Discovery Center of Idaho Members!

 

SCHEDULE YOUR TRIP

HOW TO SCHEDULE A FIELD TRIP:

  1. Click here and fill out the form or click the link to the right under "Book Your Field Trip"
  2. Our Reservation Specialist will contact you soon!
  3. Receive a confirmation and reply within 1 week
  4. Come to the Center to learn and have fun!

AVAILABLE TIMES:

We schedule carefully to ensure quality experiences. Start times stagger every half hour and are scheduled during Center hours of operation from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Availability is limited to ensure quality of experience.

Click to download this handy print-out to check off items as you go, or follow the list below:

At least two weeks out:

About least one week out:

  • Identify and count your chaperones*
  • Respond to the email from our Education Manager with your final reservation details and some background about your group

The day of your trip:

BOOK YOUR FIELD TRIP

Book your field trip here. Book early as availability is limited. Click the icon below to fill out the Field Trip request form.

 

Field Trip Program Supporters

Supporters $20,000+

Supporters between $10,000 - $19,999

Supporters between $5,000 - $9,999

Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation

Supporters between $2,500 - $4,999

Supporters between $1,000 - $2,499

Kissler Family Foundation Philanthropic Gift Fund in ICF

Chris Honcik & Thy Tran

Jeff Anderson

 

EDUCATOR'S RESOURCE GUIDE

Click the icon below to view our 30th Anniversary Collection Educator Resource Guide

Click the icon below to view our BRICKS! Educator Resource Guide

Click the icon below to view our Sun, Earth, Universe Educator Resource Guide

Click the icon below to view our Sun, Earth, Universe Student Worksheet

QUESTIONS?

Please call 208-343-9895 x224 or email reservations@dcidaho.org for more information.

PROGRAMS & EVENTS

EVENTS AT THE CENTER

We host a variety of events here at the Discovery Center of Idaho: Young Discoverers, Adult Nights, and friendly challenges among members and frequent visitors. No matter the age or activity, we have a lot of fun and are certain we have something on our calendar sure to entertain and create lasting memories.

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MAKE A DONATION

THE SCIENCE OF GIVING

Do you love the Discovery Center? Do you want to support school field trips, in-house produced exhibitions, and STEM education in Idaho? Make a donation!

Your gift impacts every aspect of the Discovery Center. It boosts access for Idaho students, creates STEM educational opportunities, guarantees fresh exhibitions, delivers memorable learning, and inspires future career paths in STEM fields for Idaho’s next generation. Your financial support makes a galactic difference.

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BECOME A MEMBER

JOIN TODAY

Discovery Center membership is a rewarding experience for you and your family. Become a member and attend sneak previews of our new exhibitions, receive discounts on camps and birthday parties, and enjoy the Discovery Center every day of the year.

Join today and become part of our community. Together, we can achieve our mission to inspire lifelong interest and learning in STEM.

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CALL

  • Discovery Center of Idaho
    Main Office
    (208) 343-9895

  • EMAIL

  • General Inquiries:
    webmail@dcidaho.org

    Membership Information:
    membership@dcidaho.org

  • VISIT

  • Discovery Center of Idaho
    131 W. Myrtle Street
    Boise, Idaho 83702

  • HOURS

  • Sun: 12pm - 5pm
    Mon: 10am - 5pm
    Tues: 10am - 5pm
    Wed: 10am - 5pm
    Thurs: 10am - 5pm
    Fri: 10am - 5pm
    Sat: 10am - 5pm
    Closed: New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

  • ADMISSION

  • Members & Under 2 • Free*
    Youth 2-17 • $10
    Adults 18+ • $12
    Seniors • $11
    Military Personnel • $1 Off
    * Free admission during standard exhibitions & reduced admissions during special exhibitions

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