For Teachers


School trips to Cranbrook Institute of Science offer the chance to work with science professionals active in their fields and the opportunity to interact with a unique, world class collection of objects and artifacts. Students dig for fossils, see the actual toys that Native American children played with, witness the power of a trebuchet, and leave with a heightened understanding of the natural world and a curiosity to learn more about the wonders of science!

All programming at the Institute is aligned with the State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and emphasis is placed on the benchmarks for your group’s grade level. Please visit our website for complete GLCEs for each course. All programs can be adjusted to meet specific age, grade level or curriculum concentration. Call us to design a program to meet your specific needs!

Programs are available Sept. 24, 2013-June 13, 2014 unless noted otherwise. Registration began Sept. 6, 2013.

Pre-registration is required for all group programs.

Explore our 2013-14 museum programs.

Important Notes

  • Programs typically run 30 minutes or 45 minutes in length.
  • The minimum size for a group is 20 people.
  • We suggest booking your museum visit as far in advance as possible.
  • Guarantee your reservation with a non-refundable deposit.
  • Deposits must be received one month prior to the date of the field trip. Online registration requires immediate payment of the deposit.
  • No discounts on group field trips for Cranbrook or ASTC members.

Pre-visit Information

Free Museum Visit

Prior to your group's museum visit, teachers and group leaders are welcome to visit the Institute free of charge during regular public hours (weekdays or weekends). Please identify yourself at our admissions desk and then browse our exhibits, locate key areas such as the science shop, coat racks and restrooms, and generally familiarize yourself with the kinds of experiences your group will have during their field trip.

No Time to Shop?

Call the Science Shop at 248 645.7710 to arrange for the most up-to-date selection of items for your students ahead of time! We’ll have your order waiting! Ask us about our monthly teacher specials! Pre-order a copy of the Institute-produced The Geology of Michigan and pick it up when you are at the Institute. This 60 minute program, filmed at 28 localities in Michigan and Canada, travels through billions of years of geologic history and reveals the processes and events that created, and continue to form, the Great Lakes and the regions that border these remarkable freshwater bodies. Narrated by Institute Geologist John Zawiskie, The Geology of Michigan is a wonderful supplement to geological studies. Contact us:

Field Trip Lunches

The Institute now offers lunch for students visiting the Institute with their classes. Lunches must be pre-ordered for delivery to the school’s designated lunch area at the time of the visit at least one week in advance. Each lunch special includes entrée (Menu below), fruit or vegetable, 100% fruit juice box or milk, and a cookie.

$5.00 per person

  • Orders must be received one week prior to visit and require a 50% nonrefundable deposit at the time of order
  • The Institute offers special-dietary needs menus and classroom pizza parties
  • Additional a la carte items are also available for an extra charge: Chips, Cookies, Bottled Water
  • Please specify at time of ordering if anything extra will be purchased
  • One Teacher/Chaperone eats free when minimum of 25 orders are confirmed
  • Reflections Cafe accepts: Cash, Credit Cards and School checks


All meals include entree selection from list below, fresh fruit or vegetable, a cookie, and choice of 100% fruit juice or skim milk.

Meal 1

  • Fresh, warm pizza slice
  • Carrot sticks and Ranch Dressing or Cheese stick
  • Fresh baked cookie
  • Apple
  • Juice Box or Milk

Meal 2

  • Turkey and Cheese or Ham and Cheese Sandwich
  • Chips or Cheese stick
  • Freshly baked cookie
  • Apple
  • Juice Box or Milk

Please contact the cafe at 248 645.3201 to order.

Your Time at the Museum

Be certain to indicate your group's earliest possible arrival time and latest possible departure time. This will permit us to adapt your schedule as necessary to best accommodate your group.


One chaperone is admitted free for every five students in grades 1 - 12 and higher, and for every three pre K and kindergarten students.

Teacher and chaperone involvement in the visit greatly improves the students' experience. Please brief your chaperones in advance so they will feel comfortable and know what is expected of them and the students in their charge. Chaperones must supervise and stay with their group for the entire visit.

Lunch Procedures

Due to space limitations, lunchrooms are available on a pre-scheduled basis. Lunchrooms are not available during the summer.

Each child should bring a disposable bag lunch that is identified with the student's name. Our storage space is limited, so we are unable to store backpacks, lunch boxes, CD players, etc. Students are encouraged to leave their belongings at school or on the bus.

Food and beverages, including gum, are not permitted in the museum.

Special Needs

Visitors with special needs are always welcome. Let us know how we can best accommodate you. The museum and Bat Zone are wheelchair accessible, and a limited number of wheelchairs are available at the Visitors Services/Information Desk.


Occasionally, Institute staff take photographs of students in the museum for use in advertising and promotional materials. Should there be any objections to staff taking photos of your students, please notify the front desk upon your arrival.