Field Trips

Local science museums host special programs and exhibits.



You can customize your exploration of the extensive Henry Ford Museum with activities and worksheets tailored to various curriculum themes, including “American Innovation” and “Science and Technology.”

The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Mich. 48124. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Field trips are $8 per student.

For more information on educational programs, call 313.982.6001 or visit


In this planetarium show, watch how the ancient Egyptians used astronomy to tell time, make calendars and design buildings. Egyptians’ understanding of the stars also played a role in the construction of the pyramids, which are recreated in this show.

Kingman Museum, 175 Limit St., Battle Creek, Mich. 49037. Open 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.

For more information, call (269) 965-5117 or visit


This exhibit demonstrates how the body protects itself from illnesses. Hands-on activities help students explore the immune system; Impression5 offers microscopes to examine tissue samples, an interactive model of a human cell and magnifying glasses for visitors to examine their skin, which is a main element of the body’s defense against disease.

Impression5, 200 Museum Dr. Lansing, Mich. 48933. Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per person.

For more information, call (517) 485-8116 ext 32 or visit



Visit the Detroit Zoo and take 45 minutes for programs on such topics as: biodiversity and the causes of species extinction; interaction among predators and prey and their adaptation to changes in the food chain; and how zoo designers create and maintain habitats from arctic to tropical for animals large and small.

Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, Mich. 48067. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost for programs is $2 per participant, plus zoo admission, which is $6 per person for school groups and $4 per person for school groups from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Maximum group size is 60 participants. Call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3800 for group rates.

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Belle Isle Nature Zoo offers a multitude of hands-on programs for various grade levels. For example, the “Watershed/Water Quality” program offers grades 5 and up the opportunity to assess a body of water by sampling and analyzing the insects and microbes present. In “Bee-havior,” students of any grade level can learn about how bees interact with each other and the environment to pollinate flowers and produce honey.

Belle Isle Nature Zoo, 1928 E. Lakeside Dr., Detroit, Mich. 48207. Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission and most programs are free. Groups are encouraged to register early.

Call (248) 541-5717 ext 3024 for program scheduling.

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