Field Trips

Field Trips

MOR Welcomes Back K-12 Field Trips with a Limited Capacity

Updated February 15, 2021

Museum of the Rockies welcomes all students, including preschool, kindergarten through twelfth grades, and university students for free in-person field trips with limited capacities for the spring of 2021. In addition, MOR continues to offer special program days for homeschool students. Free admission and partial bus reimbursement continue thanks to generous donations to the Opening Doors for Montana Schoolchildren Fund.

Please see the below as there are two options for field trips to MOR for Montana K-12 schools for the spring of 2021. Schools may visit in a limited capacity for traditional field trips, or teachers may invite students to visit independently by submitting a class roster to the museum. There is also information below about visits for homeschool students.

In addition to field trips, we encourage you to explore our free and sortable Online Learning Resources. Find and use videos, lessons, activities, digital collections, and exhibits, and much more available to support your class curriculm! We are also hosting monthly livestream events and would like your class to join us. Check back often as we continue to build our new online learning platform to bring the museum’s exhibits, collections, and programs to you.

To learn about the museum's hours of operation and visitation policies, please read our helpful information on the Plan Your Visit page.

Please contact our education staff at visitMOR@montana.edu to discuss ways we can support students and educators during this time. 
We are here to support you!

School Group Field Trips

Monday, February 22 – Friday, June 11, 2021

  1. Field trips are not available on Saturdays, Sundays, or state holidays. Summer field trips are not available for reservations at this time.
  2. School groups are limited in size to 25 or fewer students and chaperones in total.
  3. Only one school is allowed in the building at one time. School field trips will not be scheduled during other programs, including Tours for Tots and Homeschool Days.
  4. All school groups must follow the museum’s standard policies, including face coverings. Please see our Plan Your Visit page for the most current policies.
  5. Field trip activities currently available:
    1. Private planetarium shows available at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., or 2 p.m. for groups with 10 or more individuals. Groups with nine or fewer may join public shows.
    2. For self-tours, schools must divide into small groups of eight or fewer total individuals. These small groups are required to stay separated to ensure public visitation with social distancing.
    3. Please visit our exhibit pages for a full list of current changing and primary exhibits.
  6. These activities remain suspended:
    1. Guided tours remain suspended through the end of the school year.
    2. Children’s Discovery Center and interactives remain closed.
  7. Upon arrival, each group will go directly to the classroom to store belongings and organize small groups. This will limit the impact on the main lobby. Groups will have the use of the classroom for the duration of their visit to allow for snack/lunch breaks and storage of backpacks and coats.
  8. Partial bus reimbursement from the Opening Doors for Montana Schoolchildren Fund is available.
  9. Field trips must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

To request a field trip, please complete the form by clicking on the below button with two possible field trip dates and times. Our team will reply to your request within two business days.

Request a MOR Field Trip Here

Individual Student Visits

Monday, February 22 – Friday, June 11, 2021

School groups that are unable to visit as a class during school hours may invite students to visit individually.

  1. Teachers may submit a class roster with the date range students may visit by emailing visitmor@montana.edu.
  2. Students will receive one day of free admission upon arrival. Regular admission or membership is required for any adults, caregivers, or siblings visiting with the student.
  3. All visitors, including students, must follow the museum’s standard policies, including face coverings. Please see our Plan Your Visit page for the most current policies.

K-12 Homeschool Students

Montana families with homeschool students have two options for the current school year.

Homeschool Days
Montana homeschool students in K-12 are invited to visit Museum of the Rockies free of charge on select days.

  • MOR will offer different thematic scavenger hunts for each program.
  • Each program date has a limited capacity. Pre-registration is required.
  • One caregiver per family will also receive free admission. Any additional adults will be charged the regular admission rate.
  • All visitors must follow the museum’s standard policies, including face coverings. Please see our Plan Your Visit page for the most current policies.

Homeschool Group Field Trips
Homeschool groups wanting to visit on other weekdays are welcome to book separate field trips for their groups or co-ops.

  • Groups booking programs must be sure to have at least 10 children of participatory age.
  • One caregiver per family will also receive free admission. Any additional adults will be charged the regular admission rate.
  • Homeschool Group Field Trips will follow the same procedures and guidelines as the K-12 Public and Private school field trips.
  • All visitors must follow the museum’s standard policies, including face coverings. Please see our Plan Your Visit page for the most current policies.