Field trips to MOR benefit from over fifty years of teacher feedback and evaluations. Teachers have compiled these tips to help your students get the most out of their visit to Museum of the Rockies.
Do you have a tip you want us to include? Please send us an email at visitMOR@montana.edu.
Please click on the below accordion list for MOR's Educator's Guide Information to plan your School Field Trip.
Schools are welcome to submit field trip requests up to one year in advance.
Museum of the Rockies welcomes schools to visit during the following dates:
Based on your Field Trip Request Form, our team will prepare a detailed itinerary for you.
School groups from across the state of Montana are admitted free of charge to Museum of the Rockies (with an advanced reservation) thanks to generous donations from individuals and corporations. All programs (guided tours, planetarium shows, etc.) are free of charge for Montana schoolchildren.
One adult will be given free admission for every eight students.
Extra chaperones will be charged the discounted rate of $14. Please plan for this in advance.
Schools visiting from outside of Montana will be admitted at a discounted rate of 20% off of general admission.
A 50% reimbursement for travel costs to and from the museum is available for Montana school groups arriving by bus.
Following your visit, please send a copy of the original invoice to: visitMOR@montana.edu
Guided tours (typically one hour in length) provide your students with the most comprehensive experience in one of the museum’s exhibits*.
Led by a MOR docent (volunteer educator), tours of the Siebel Dinosaur Complex exhibit and Paugh History Hall can be tailored to the themes or topics that your students are learning about in the classroom.
To be sure that your tour addresses specific standards or content, please provide detailed information on your Field Trip Request Form. Docents will do their best to craft a tour that includes your requests.
Docent-guided tours must be requested at least two weeks in advance.
Here’s what Montana teachers have to say about their experience:
Self-guided tours of Museum of the Rockies allow teachers to lead their own tours of MOR’s exhibits or create time for students to explore interactive exhibits independently or in small groups.
To make the most of your self-guided tour time, MOR offers resources for teachers to help keep students engaged during self-guided tours.
The Taylor Planetarium offers Digistar 4K digital projection on a 40-foot dome to experience our universe and our world in vivid colors, dramatic motion, and brilliant displays of light. School groups are invited to visit the Taylor Planetarium with advanced reservations via the School Field Trip Request Form and may request a show that fits their classroom content.
The Little Star That Could
25 minutes | Grades PreK - 2
An average yellow star searches for planets of its own to warm and protect. Along his way, he encounters other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars can form clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets, revealing information about the Solar System.
25 minutes | Grades 2 – 12
With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere.
Birth of Planet Earth
25 minutes | Grades 3 – 5
Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. This show explores some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?
Voyager: A Never-Ending Journey
25 minutes | Grades 1 – 12
Explore the outer solar system as you follow Voyager satellites 1 and 2 on their journey past Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and more. View detail other worlds and the cosmic geology that makes our solar system unique.
31 minutes | Grades 3 - 5
Cosmic Colors will take you on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the reasons why the sky is blue, and Mars is red.
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
25 minutes | Grades 9 – 12
This cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with data generated by computer simulations to bring the current science of black holes to the dome screen.
Forward to the Moon
25 minutes | Grades 2 - 8
It has been over 50 years since humans have walked on the Moon. Now, we are looking to return to our closest celestial neighbor. In this show, see how NASA is planning its return trip to the Moon and what it takes to make the journey a success.
Excavate real dinosaur fossils, study historic artifacts, explore the surface of the Moon, and so much more as part of a museum workshop. Provide your students with a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else but Museum of the Rockies.
Museum workshops are a fantastic way to bring your field trip to the next level. With curriculum geared towards students of all ages, museum workshops bring Museum of the Rockies collections to the hands of your students. Lessons last anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour and take place at Museum of the Rockies.
Class size is limited to 25 students and is available at $5 per student. Scholarships are available for Title 1 schools. Complete the Field Trip request form to sign up for a workshop.
50 minutes | Grades 3 - 6 and 7 - 10
In this workshop, we will dig into the process of paleontology. Students will learn how dinosaur bones are discovered, uncovered, and removed for study. Using the tools and techniques of MOR paleontologists, students will embark on their very own dinosaur excavation!
50 minutes | Grades 1 - 5
Travel deep in time all the way to the first age of life on Earth, when life took strange and unique forms. In this lesson, we will uncover early life in Earth’s oceans as we paint our way through geologic time.
Puzzles of the Past
60 minutes | Grades 6 - 8 and 9 - 12
By studying the objects people leave behind, we can make key inferences into their daily lives. In this lesson, students will learn how historic artifacts are used to fill the blanks in our understanding of the past by piecing the stories of everyday Montanans.
Doorways into History
45 minutes | Grades 1 - 5
How do we organize history? Study artifacts from Montana’s history and learn how Museum curators and researchers understand the past. In teams, your class will look closely at a collection of peculiar artifacts (doorknobs) and seek to understand them as an MOR curator!
Traditional Native Games
50 minutes | Grades 1 - 5
Developed by the International Games Society, students will engage with a variety of traditional native games from Montana. Have fun and play the games that make Montana and its cultures unique.
45 minutes | Grades 3 - 5
No, the moon is not made of Swiss cheese! The marks, craters, and blemishes on our Moon are the result of thousands of meteors colliding with its surface over billions of years. In this workshop, we will explore how craters form, learn how to label their features and measure how their impact affects our Moon.
Astronauts in Training
45 minutes | Grades K - 2
Do you have the right stuff? In this fun-filled activity, students will start their training to become the next generation of space voyagers! Move your body and stretch your mind to see if you can make it to the final frontier.