The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert provides an exciting opportunity for educators to give hands-on participatory experiences for their students. School Tours allow students to learn through play and celebrate learning as an innately joyful activity. Tours are available September to mid-June, with reservations, and are open to any organized group of ten or more including preschools, public and private schools, childcare centers, non-profits, church groups, and clubs. Come and take an adventure with us!
SCHOOL TOUR TIMES
September, October, and November: Tuesday-Friday
December through June: Monday-Friday
9:30 a.m. start time OR 10:30 a.m. start time
1 hour OR 2 hours of Museum exploration
- School Tour reservations are not available on Museum Holidays and/or School Breaks.
- Your tour starts and ends promptly at the scheduled times. Tardy groups do not receive extended visit time.
- The assigned field trip time allows the children time to explore the exhibits at their own pace.
- We recommend that you make your reservation as early as possible due to the popularity of seasonal dates and times.
Special School Tour reservation times are available on a limited basis; please contact the School Tours Coordinator at 760-321-0602 x111 for more information.
SCHOOL TOUR RATE
Each School Tour includes 30-40 minutes of an age-appropriate standards-based lesson led by a Museum Educator.
Following the hands-on lesson, teachers can choose one hour OR two hours of Museum exploration.
- Each School Tour visit can accommodate up to 3 classes of 30 students each.
- 1 chaperone, NOT including the teacher, is required for every 5 children.
- The classroom teacher and required chaperones receive complimentary admission.
- Additional chaperones beyond the 1:5 ratio pay the museum admission rate.
- Chaperones who attend with siblings will be charged regular museum admission of $9.95 per person for ages 1+ and will not count towards the chaperone requirement.
- Classroom teachers and parent helpers are responsible for the behavior of their group and any necessary discipline or class management. Chaperones are expected to support the School Tour and assist students in remaining attentive and engaged.
Hands-on lesson and 1 hour of Museum exploration: $5.00 per student
Hands-on lesson and 2 hours of Museum exploration: $9.00 per student
Additional chaperones pay the museum admission rate.
SCHEDULING YOUR SCHOOL TOUR ADVENTURE
To reserve your School Tour, please fill out and submit the School Tour Request Form with your choice of Museum exploration time, three possible dates, and your hands-on lesson selection.
- Our School Tour staff will contact you with a 2019-2020 CDMOD School Tour Request Form to confirm date and time.
- You will receive a confirmation letter, School Tour Procedures, and a pre-visit lesson after your deposit has been received.
- Museum staff is on hand to assist visitors and parent helpers.
- Shared picnic space is available before or after your field trip at no extra charge – please include the request on your reservation form if desired.
- Picnic tables are available on a first-come,
first-servedbasis. If the picnic tables are in use by another group, CDMOD will provide blankets for students to eat on the lawn.
Your 50% nonrefundable deposit is due two weeks after the school receives a “School Tour Confirmation” Form from the School Tour Coordinator.
- The balance of the tour is due 3 weeks before the School Tour.
- The museum does not provide refunds on the day of arrival.
- Groups with more students attending than reserved will need to pay the per-student rate.
- We do not accept guest passes or memberships for School Tour visits.
Get to know our lessons
WHEN A LINE BENDS
PRESCHOOL, TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN (TK), AND KINDERGARTEN LESSON
This bouncy and colorful story by Rhonda Growler Greene delightfully introduces students to different shapes. Presented in picture and verse, students will discover ten different shapes. Students will then create their own work of art filled with shapes and lines to bring home.
ART, LITERACY, MATH
RAMPS AND ROLLERS
In this interactive lesson, students are introduced to the scientific method as they learn about force and motion. They will test their ramps to reflect their hypotheses and practice observation skills as they ask new questions. Students will be scientists as they experiment and record their findings.
1ST THROUGH 3RD GRADE LESSON
Students will explore the relationship between light and mirrors by experimenting with reflective materials, multiple reflections, and patterns. At the end of the class, they will make their own kaleidoscope!
ENGINEERING, MATH, SCIENCE
AMAZING ANIMALS ADAPTATIONS
1ST THROUGH 6TH GRADE LESSON
Desert creatures are remarkable animals uniquely suited to live in our environment. Students will learn about native animals, their amazing adaptations, and desert habitats. Students will then create an imaginary animal with its own adaptations for desert survival. Classes may have the opportunity to meet the Museum’s desert tortoises, Smiley and Abigail.
ROBOTIC HEXBUGS HABITAT
1ST THROUGH 6TH GRADE LESSON
In this creative and collaborative lesson, students will work together to create a habitat for their hexbugs to navigate. They’ll engineer and problem-solve as they help their robotic bug move through the environment they create.
1ST THROUGH 6TH GRADE LESSON
Students will study the availability of fresh water on Earth and methods that can be used to conserve it. They will assess how much water they use and think about ways to reduce their usage. Students will make and take home their own planter with a drought-resistant plant.
4RT THROUGH 6TH GRADE LESSON
Math and art come together in this challenging and creative lesson. Students will learn about the Fibonacci Sequence and how it is found throughout nature. Then, using compasses, they will create a work of art that illustrates the number sequence.
ART, MATH, SCIENCE