Field Trips at FCMoD

Hands-on learning happens like nowhere else at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery! Daily activities create a new experience every visit, engaging students of all ages and levels with an innovative blend of history, science, and culture content. Our open floor plan encourages unique flow-through topic adjacencies, so every teacher can plan a route specific to their students’ needs. Start planning your visit today!

Your field trip experience will include:

  • Brief museum orientation led by a School Group Host
  • Self-guided gallery exploration of our standards-based permanent exhibits

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery has an innovative blend of history, science, and culture. Our open floor plan has unique, interactive exhibits with topic themes that flow smoothly between adjacent exhibit zones. The variety of themes allows every teacher to plan a route specific to his or her students’ needs.

To help you plan for your visit, explore which exhibits support the science, social studies, and music standards for your grade level. Click on the link below to download a matrix that shows how our exhibits correlate with the Colorado Academic Standards.

Pre-Kindergarten
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5

Group Reservations & Pricing

To make a field trip reservation, you must have a minimum group size of 15 visitors. We require a 1:5 ratio of chaperones to students for all groups. Field trip reservations and payment must be made at least 2 weeks in advance to receive the group rate. School groups may arrive as early as 9:00am, Tuesday-Friday.

Contact the Museum’s Reservations Office at 970-416-2705 or submit a reservation request form. Please allow 48 hours for a response.

Note: If you are with a school district and have students who qualify for the Free & Reduced Lunch program, please contact the Education Department at (970) 416-2769 for information on special pricing options.

Experiences

Customize your visit by adding additional experiences!

Heart Healthy Lab: Heart Dissection

Age: Grade 4-6

Your heart is a magical muscle. Learn about why your heart health is so important by studying and dissecting hearts. You’ll even learn some exercises to keep that ticker of yours strong!

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Electro Lab: Electricity

Age: Grade 3-6

Our video games use it, our phones use it, and our hearts use it. Electricity is at the center of our world, and it’s easy to understand. Build power circuits, ignite light bulbs with your hand, and make your hair stand up with currents of electricity!

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Creatures of the Sea Lab: Squid Dissection

Age: Grade 4-6

Some people eat them, some people fear them. Squids are some of the most interesting creatures of the sea! Discover how their bodies are different from our own by getting a look inside them!

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Junior Paleontologist

Age: Grade 3-5
Weather Dependent

Become a Paleontologist on a quest to uncover the next ancient monster! Your interpretation skills will be tested as you find and study fossils. Discover how fossils are made and create your own to take home with you!

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History Mystery: Local History Mysteries

Age: Grade 3-6

History is full of mysteries, and now it’s time to solve your own! Based on FCMoD’s exhibits, you’ll use local primary sources to uncover the truth about real-life artifacts. Your interpretation and puzzle solving skills will be put to the test!

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Courtyard Programs

Age: Grade 2

Local history comes alive in the Heritage Courtyard at Library Park! FCMoD educators are opening up two of the cabins for guided tours. Engage with the story of Auntie Stone and experience what it was like to go to school in 1905. It’s a blast from the past!

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The OtterBox Digital Dome Show is a unique immersive learning space for students of all ages. New concepts and content come alive in this environment, and even familiar material can be experienced and understood in a whole new way.

The dome is a 36’ diameter, 360 degree digital theater where viewers are surrounded by high-resolution video and audio. The theater has 82 fixed seats and an ADA-accessible seating area.

The OtterBox Digital Dome is not just a planetarium. In addition to astronomy content, we also provide content in the life sciences and earth sciences. Your group can choose to view any of our current shows.

The dome is available for custom show scheduling prior to 10:30 and during the noon hour, Tuesday-Friday. School groups are also welcome to attend any of our regularly scheduled public shows. The cost is $3.00 per person for both students and chaperones.

Lunch space is available at FCMoD! While there is no in-house catering, groups are welcome to bring sack lunches to eat onsite. Learning Lab rental for lunches is $15 per 30 minutes. Each Learning Lab can fit up to 35 seated students, and the two Labs can be opened up to accommodate up to 70 seated students at a time. Depending on the size of the group, lunch space may only be available on a rotational basis. FCMoD is also next door to Lee Martinez Park, which offers outside lunch option for groups. It is just a short walk into the park, which has covered picnic tables as well as a playground.