Educators

Field Trips

Make Science Central your classroom for the day! On a field trip, your students will explore the center, interacting with our 200+ exhibits.

Enhance your visit by adding on a demonstration or lab.

All field trips must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance.

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Plan Your Field Trip

Scheduling

School groups of under 15 paying individuals:

  • Do not qualify for Field Trip pricing.
    Learn more about General Admission.

School groups of 15 or more paying individuals:

  • Visit on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

School groups of 60 or more paying individuals:

  • Visit on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

You will choose a time window when registering. We will expect your arrival during that window.

Pricing

Student: $7

Chaperone: $7

Teachers and school staff: Free

Programming Add-ons

Demonstration

Student: $4

Lab

Student: $5

Dissection Lab (Owl Pellet/Worms/Frogs)

Student: $12

Dissection Lab (Sharks)

Student: $15

 

Teachers, staff, and chaperones: Free

Enhance Your Field Trip

In addition to exploring Science Central, your students can view a demonstration or participate in a lab!

Use the buttons below to view our available demos and labs, noting which options are available in the Field Trip format.

Add Demonstrations

View Options

Add Labs

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Demo Pricing:

  • Student: $4
  • Teachers, staff, and chaperones: Free

Lab Pricing:

  • Student: $5
  • Teachers, staff, and chaperones: Free

Add Extra Time

Stay as long as you wish for a small extra fee!

Add Exclusive Admission

Be the only field trip while you're here!

Fund Your Field Trip

Several grants are available from generous entities that may cover the cost of your Field Trip, either in full or in part.

Refer to the spreadsheet below. If you see a grant you believe you qualify for, specify that grant in the notes section of your registration form.

Policies and Procedures

Only schools recognized by their state’s Department of Education qualify for Science Central’s basic field trip pricing.

  • In Indiana, schools must be listed as accredited on the Indiana Department of Education’s Compass website (view here).
  • In Michigan, schools must be listed on the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information website (view here).
  • In Ohio, schools must be listed on the Ohio Department of Education’s website (view here).

Organizations receiving federal or state funding to provide Pre-K education and institutions of higher education also qualify for the school rate. Field trip rates are only available during the standard school curriculum year (August through mid-June).

Nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive our Nonprofit Rate, all other groups can arrange for discounted trips under our group pricing plan.

Field trip admission is free for Science Central members. Check with your chaperones to determine if any are active members and therefore eligible to receive free admission.

No other admission discounts may be applied to field trips.

You must schedule at least two weeks prior to the date of your visit.

The minimum number of students for a field trip is 15. Chaperones and teachers do not count toward the total. All demonstrations and labs follows a minimum number of 15 students as well. If you arrive with less than 15 students, there are two options.

  1. Pay the cost for the missing students in both admission and program charges.
  2. Move to the next qualifying rate, be it nonprofit with proof, or standard group rate.

The maximum number for any one group is 200 people. This number includes all students, chaperones, and teachers.

Please check your confirmation email carefully. Science Central will make every reasonable attempt to confirm that a school’s pre-scheduled visit goes as we have planned. Unfortunately, due to the availability of educational staff and scheduling needs, Science Central will not be able to provide programming such as demos to schools on the day of a visit if it was not listed on the confirmation email.

Due to the availability of education staff, Science Central will not be able to provide programming, such as demos or labs, to schools on the day of a visit if that programming was not listed in the confirmation email.

To make your field trip more enjoyable, Science Central invoices all groups post visit.

On the day of your visit, confirm the actual number of students and chaperones at admissions. Any chaperones not arriving with the group and paying separately the day of will be counted as general visitors and not as part of your group. Therefore, chaperones paying separately are charged the regular general admission rate.

When your group arrives, remain in your transportation and send one representative to check in at our admissions desk. Our staff will then do an orientation for students and chaperones.

Arriving late may jeopardize our ability to provide any scheduled demonstrations or labs. No refunds will be issued.

If your group has tickets that go unused, we do not offer refunds.

If you need to cancel a scheduled field trip, you must call or email with your confirmation number two weeks prior to the date of your visit. Cancelation two weeks or less from the date of your visit will incur a cancelation fee. This fee will be 50% of the total visit cost at time of booking.

Weather-related cancelations are an exception and will be rescheduled at no additional charge.

Science Central reserves the right to cancel any scheduled field trips or programs without notice due to any circumstances that arise.

If your group does not come to Science Central for your scheduled field trip, no refund will be issued.

If you need to cancel your field trip, see Cancelation Policy.

Pre-K requires a 1:5 adult-to-child ratio. All other grades require a 1:8 ratio.

Science Central and the media frequently take photos/videos of visitors which may be used for future Science Central promotions or publicity. These photos may be used without your consent and without compensation. If you do not want your image used, please avoid photographers and inform them of your desire. As a visitor, you are welcome to take photos for non-commercial use at Science Central.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By visiting Science Central, you acknowledge the contagious nature of the virus and assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

FAQs

Pre-K requires a 1:5 adult-to-child ratio. All other grades require a 1:8 ratio.

If your study trip includes a demonstration, your students might be grouped according to this table.

 1 Group2 Groups3 Groups
Demo0-64
students
65-128
students
129-192
students

Science Central reserves the right to modify these numbers as necessary.

Upon arrival, a representative from your group should proceed to our admissions desk. Bring your confirmation message and final numbers (students, chaperones, and teachers). The rest of the group should remain in their transportation, awaiting orientation by our staff.

If your expected number of students or chaperones changes by 5 or more, contact Science Central.

If you are unable to attend on the date of a scheduled field trip due to a school weather delay or cancelation, contact Science Central as soon as possible. We will help reschedule your visit.

Science Central memberships may be used toward field trip admissions, with the member owing for any additional programming costs. ASTC memberships are not valid toward field trip admissions.

General admission coupons and discounts are not valid toward field trip admissions.

No, due to the large number of field trips performed yearly, Science Central requires schools to fill out an online form as the first step to scheduling a field trip. If you call, you will be directed to fill out this form.

2 for U

A Partner Program with other Fort Wayne Venues

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Science Central partners with several area venues to offer teachers an easy way to schedule two sites for one day.

Your selected venues work together to finalize the details, then contact you to confirm.

Schedule Your
Field Trip

Have questions? Contact us!