School Field Trip Programs

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Attention, teachers! Lindsay is proud to announce the debut of its entirely new lineup of field trip programs for 2018 / 2019! We went straight to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for each grade level and designed new programs to satisfy specific learning objectives. The programs are described in the table below and organized by grade level. In addition to the NGSS content upgrade, the logistics have changed for an engaging experience throughout our museum. Here are the new features:

AVAILABILITY: Tuesday through Friday, from September to May

START TIME: 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.        DURATION: 80 minutes

GROUP SIZE: 60 students maximum (2 classes of 30 students each)

COST: $200 per 30 students (1 class)

FORMAT: Small groups of 15 or fewer students visit multiple dynamic stations


Note: For groups wishing to book an experience over the summer (June to August), please consider a V.I.Peek Encounter.


NGSS Field Trip Programs

Multiple stations of sensory engagement, outdoor exploration, exhibit hall study, and animal encounters!

Preschool & Transitional K

Animal Explorers

Young explorers are introduced to animals. Preschoolers will engage in sensory-motor experiences as they meet animals.



NGSS: While standards are not required at this level, our young scientists will engage in science and engineering practices backed by NGSS methods.


Senses of Survival

Discover the patterns in plant and animal survival through sight, sound, smell, and touch. As we act out animal movements and see what it takes to live in nature, we’ll seek out the ways humans can lend a helping hand to protect wildlife in our own backyards.


NGSS: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and living things in the local environment. Fulfills elements of NGSS: K-LS1-1 and K-ESS3-3.

Grade 1

Animal Characteristics

Animals and plants use their external parts to survive, grow and meet their needs.



NGSS: All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways: seeing, hearing, grasping, protecting, moving, and acquiring resources for survival. Plants also have different parts that help them survive and grow. Animals and plants respond to inputs from the environment with behaviors that help them survive.  Fulfills elements of NGSS: 1-LS1-1 and 1-LS1-2

Grade 2

Diversity & Habitats

Students will explore the diversity of plants and animals within a habitat with the focal point being on their interdependencies which contribute to their individual and mutual success.


NGSS: Students will make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. Fulfills elements of NGSS: 2-LS4-1.

Grade 3

Life Cycles

Explores how animals have specific adaptations that make them successful in their typical environment. In addition, this program investigates ways animals’ inheritable physical structures or behaviors may improve their chance for survival and reproduction when environmental and habitat changes occur.


NGSS: Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.  Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.  Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change. Fulfills elements of NGSS: 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3 and 3-LS4-4.

Grade 4

Animals of Mt. Diablo

Do you know what wildlife inhabits the Mt. Diablo area? Meet the animals that live in our area. Learn about the different habitats and which animals live where.



NGSS:  Maps, Distribution habitats/resources/animals Fulfills elements of NGSS: 

Grade 5

Ecosystem Energy Flow

This program lays a foundation for investigation and inquiry to
understand how energy flows through an ecosystem and the important roles played by producers, primary and secondary consumers and decomposers.


NGSS: Energy in animal food was once energy from
the sun, describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and
the environment.  Fulfills elements of NGSS: 5-PS3-1 and 5-LS2-1.

Grade 6-College

V.I.Peek Encounters

For field trip programs that are grade 6 or above please consider one of our V.I.Peek Encounters located here.