School Field Trips

We believe that field trips are an important way for students to make connections between the classroom and the real world, and to deepen their learning across subject areas. We are here to provide an exciting and educational experience for your group, and look forward to helping you plan an engaging and meaningful self-guided field trip to our facility.

Update as of 1/4/22: Proof of vaccination is now required to enter to Conservatory. Students ages 18 and younger who are visiting the Conservatory through a school organized field trip are not required to show proof of vaccination. Chaperones must show proof of vaccination. Virtual field trips are still available for booking!

We have an array of resources developed and compiled with teachers like you in mind! We know that you’ve got more than enough to do without creating specialized activities for field trips, so we’ve done some of the work on your behalf.

Peruse the options in the links below and choose what works best for you and your students. And remember: studies show that the best way to get the most out of a field trip is to connect it to your classroom curriculum through pre- and post-visit activities!

All of our free, self-guided field trips include:

  • A choice between different science themes, depending on grade band
    • Intro to Plants, PreK – 3rd
    • Decomposition, K – 8th
    • Pollination, 1st – 5th
    • Plant Adaptations, 3rd – 12th
  • A pre-reading sent before the trip to familiarize students with the topic
  • An orientation based on the science topic of your selection with a staff member upon arrival
  • A themed activity to do in the plant collection
  • Possibility of a free picnic lunch outside or renting our lunch room for a small fee (currently unavailable)
  • Free parking for buses
  • The opportunity to deepen student learning across subject areas in one of Chicago’s most beautiful institutions!

Check out the Themed Resources page to learn more about the science themes and to preview the resources.

This project was made in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional funding provided by PNC.
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Taking a field trip at the Conservatory is easy! Book your trip by clicking the big green button.


Please note: If your desired trip time and date are not visible, that means those dates and times are already booked by other groups. Please choose a different date and time. School group visits currently must be booked at least two weeks in advance.