School Field Trips
Did You Know? Western Science Center offers a field trip experience like no other in Riverside County. The Museum is a place where prehistory becomes a hands-on experience through one of America’s best collections of fossils. Fun, interactive displays, and a movie theater that shakes, rattles and rolls as the giants of the last Ice Age thunder toward you are at the heart of your encounter with the past. Field trips spark student interest in local California history, support your instruction of content and process standards, and provide a fun, multi-sensory environment that encourages discussion and collaborative learning.
What will the Visit Be Like? The Western Science Center provides you and your students with an exciting new resource that focuses on the science and culture of our region; exhibits chronicle its environmental and cultural development from the late Pleistocene to modern times. Field trips range from 2-2½ hours depending on the number of students in the group and the options you select. Download our exhibit content highlights, and “2015-2016 Field Trip Request Form with Field Trip Information & Guidelines” guide, and download the Campus Map for Field Trips. Please note: all field trips must receive a confirmation email or fax confirming availability of date(s) requested, along with an invoice. Refer to the Teachers’ Pages to locate activity pages that relate to specific exhibitions.
How Do I Sign-Up? Download a copy of the 2015-2016 Field Trip Request Form with Field Trip Information & Guidelines and fax the completed form to (951) 791-0032 or mail the form to: Western Science Center 2345 Searl Parkway Hemet, CA 92543 Once the form has been received, the education department will contact you to confirm all of the information and send an invoice, if your requested date is available. The invoice will confirm your date(s), number of students, and teachers. Please note: all field trips must receive a confirmation email or fax confirming availability of date(s) requested, along with an invoice. Program Cost & Payment The cost per student is $5.00 (family membership and other passes do not apply to school programs). Teachers are free and chaperones are $7.00. Payment in full for school group visits is required two weeks in advance. We accept credit cards and school organization checks. We cannot accept purchase orders.
Groups The minimum number of students for a field trip is 15, and groups of up to 75 can be accommodated. Please call for more information. Please note: all field trips must receive a confirmation email or fax confirming availability of date(s) requested, along with an invoice. Chaperone Policy The required chaperone to student ratio is 1:10 for students grades K-8. This is the minimum requirement but there is no limit to the number of chaperones you can bring. During your visit, chaperones must remain with their students at all times; they are responsible for student behavior. We reserve the right to ask your group to leave if a group, individual student, or chaperone conduct is inappropriate or in violation of museum policies.
Parking & Entrance There is no charge for parking at the museum. Buses should travel to the 2nd stop sign on Searl Parkway, turn right onto Angler Road, then turn right into the museum parking lot. There is a designated unloading area at the curb. Please wait on the bus until a staff member has given permission to unload. Click here for detailed directions from your home community.
Special Needs The Western Science Center meets ADA regulations for accessibility. Please call 951-791-0033 in advance with any special needs requests.
Media Release The Western Science Center may photograph and/or videotape children involved in the field trip program for publicity purposes (news media and photos on the website). The Western Science Center will not release any personal information regarding the child. These materials will be the property of The Western Science Center, not to be sold or loaned, and will be used only to promote Western Science Center museum and education programs.
Cancellations Please call 951-791-0033 at least two weeks in advance of your scheduled trip to cancel. We will make every effort to reschedule your visit. If a cancellation is made less than two weeks in advance and we are unable to fill your spot, you will still be charged. The Western Science Center reserves the right to cancel or reschedule your group at any time.
*In the event of heavy rain, we do not have indoor lunch space; please plan accordingly.