Educator Guide 2019-20

The Institute of Science offers over 80 field trip programs as well as special and permanent exhibits, planetarium shows, and seasonal events. Download our current Educator Guide to peruse our offerings at your leisure.

Plan your next field trip at Cranbrook Institute of Science. We can also come to you with our Science on the GO! or visit you, virtually, with Science on the SCREEN!

WHY CHOOSE US?

We have more than 200,000 artifacts, real fossils and meteorites, active scientists, and we are educators, too. We deeply value your commitment to teaching young minds, and we want to join you on that journey.

Choose from more than 80 programs to enhance your curriculum. Options you’ll read about here include chemistry, anthropology, earth science, astronomy, life science, physics, and engineering.

While you’re at the Institute, you can also immerse your students in the full museum experience including our changing exhibits, planetarium shows, and nationally acclaimed exhibits.

Field trips at the Institute of Science are available October 2, 2019 – June 5, 2020.

Science on the GO!, Science on the SCREEN!, and the Acheson Mobile Planetarium are available year-round.

Register online or give us a call at 248 645.3210 Monday–Friday, 8am – 4pm.

Can’t decide on your perfect program? We’re happy to build an experience just for you. Have a vision for your group? Call us to register and we’ll work with you to make it happen.

Whether in your class or at the Institute, programs are aligned with the Michigan K-12 Science Standards with an emphasis on your group’s grade level.

Plan Your Field Trip

Field trips play an important role for students and educators. A new learning environment provides the opportunity to build team and small group skills and engage students on an intellectual, social and physical level.

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Anthropology & Social Sciences

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Chemistry

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Engineering

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At Your School or On Your Screen

OVERNIGHT SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
Ever wonder if the dinosaurs come to life at night? Find out with an overnight field trip! Overnights include:

  • Three mini science workshops, led by our science experts
  • Auditorium program
  • Visit to the Acheson Planetarium
  • Museum exploration
  • Bring a sleeping bag and sleep among the exhibits

Overnights are available any day of the week. Contact our Reservations Office at 248 645.3210 to check date availability and cost.

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS
Visit Cranbrook Institute of Science and enhance your homeschool curriculum. From hundreds of specimens and artifacts on display, to engaging programming, any homeschool classroom comes alive with a visit to the Institute.

Contact our Reservations Office to hear how you or your group can register for a field trip at 248.645.3210.


Teacher Workshops

Professional Learning Opportunities

Invest in your own love of science! Add a spark to your curriculum through the Institute’s teacher workshops. Institute scientists and educators offer expertly crafted programming to enhance classroom curriculum. Use this time to become empowered with ideas and activities to enhance both student experiences and your career.

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF INQUIRY
Explore the role of inquiry to create powerful student experiences in science education, including best science practices, guiding learners in developing questions, and facilitating student-driven investigations at any age. Available as a half-day or day-long session.

DESIGN THINKING
Explore the design thinking process as a tool you can utilize in your classroom to encourage students’ problem-solving capabilities. This process emphasizes empathy in problem solving and creating a personal experience to enhance student learning.

Call us at 248.645.3035 to discuss a custom session for your group.

STEPS TO REGISTER

Plan your experience with Cranbrook Institute of Science through the prompts below. Register online or call us at 248 645.3210 Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm. (50% deposit due before submission)

STEP ONE: Learn about our 80+ programs. Read through the 2019-20 Educator Guide or view program descriptions online and find the right experience for your class.

STEP TWO: Answer these questions prior to registering...

  • Do you want a field trip at the Institute? Or should we come to you?
  • What time of year are you considering? (Sooner than three weeks from now? Call us!)
  • How many students, teachers and chaperones will attend?
  • Will you bring lunch or preorder from our Reflections Café? View the menu below and call 248 645.3201 to preorder.
  • Should we schedule time for students to visit our Science Shop?
  • Does anyone in your group have special needs?
  • Will you be coming by car or bus?
  • Do we have permission to take photos of your students enjoying the Institute? 

STEP THREE: Register online or at 248.645.3210. (50% deposit due at the time of online registration or within 2 weeks of registration by phone)

STEP FOUR: Have fun at the Institute of Science or with our educators at your school!

PRICING & PAYMENT

Prices include admission, all exhibits, parking, and chaperone resources for exploring the museum.

PER STUDENT
1 PROGRAM $12
2 PROGRAMS $15
3 PROGRAMS $17
4 PROGRAMS $19

ADDITIONAL FEES PER PERSON
ADDITIONAL CHAPERONES/ADULTS +$10 (Pre-K and K groups are allowed free one chaperone for every three students; 1st-12th grade groups are allowed one free chaperone for every five students.)
APPROACHES TO PROBLEM SOLVING  (90-minute program) +$4
CHEMICAL REACTIONS LEGO® BRICKS PROGRAM  (90-minute program) +$4
FROM LEVERS TO LIFT-OFF +$5

PHYSICS OF FLING! (MAX 30 STUDENTS PER PROGRAM) - Please call 248.645.3210 to register for this program.
IF PROGRAM FACILITATED AT CRANBROOK $400
IF PROGRAM FACILITATED AT YOUR SCHOOL $550
IF PROGRAM SPLIT BETWEEN BOTH VENUES $450

SCIENCE ON THE GO! Call 248.645.3210 to register.
SMALL GROUPS (MAX 30 STUDENTS PER PROGRAM) $275 + TRAVEL FEES
FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PROGRAM $200
LARGE GROUPS (MAX 150 STUDENTS PER PROGRAM) $350 + TRAVEL FEES
FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PROGRAM $200
CALL FOR MULTI-PROGRAM PRICING AT 248.645.3210

ACHESON MOBILE PLANETARIUM
FIRST SHOW  $450 + TRAVEL FEES
ADDITIONAL SHOW $250 PER SHOW

FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT Call 248.645.3210 to register.
(MAX 300 PARTICIPANTS PER PROGRAM) $675* + TRAVEL FEES
*BASED ON STATION SELECTIONS, ADDITIONAL MATERIAL FEES MAY APPLY
CALL FOR MULTI-PROGRAM AND CUSTOM PROGRAM PRICING AT 248 645.3210

TRAVEL FEES
Macomb, Oakland, Wayne: $60
Genessee, Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw: $85
Ingham, Monroe, St. Clair, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola: $110
Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Jackson, Lenawee: $135
Calhoun, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ionia, Midland: $150
Arenac, Barry, Branch, Clare, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent: $185
For counties not listed, please call 248 645.3210 for pricing

SCIENCE ON THE SCREEN! - Call 248.645.3210 to register.
(MAX 30 STUDENTS PER PROGRAM, PRICE PER PROGRAM) $175

AT TIME OF REGISTRATION:

A NON-REFUNDABLE 50% deposit is required when submitting your registration online and must be received within two weeks if registering by phone. Balance is due no later than day of visit.

  • Field trips require a minimum of 20 paying guests to qualify for group rates.
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science membership discounts and admission do not apply to field trips.

CANCELLATIONS
MADE MORE THAN 30 CALENDAR DAYS BEFORE DATE OF VISIT:

  • Reschedule with no additional fees.
  • Your 50% non-refundable deposit will be credited towards a future field trip occurring before June 5, 2020.
  • Remaining pre-payment greater than 50% will be refunded.

MADE LESS THAN 30 CALENDAR DAYS FROM DATE OF VISIT:

  • Your 50% deposit is forfeited.
  • Any remaining payment will be credited to a future field trip occurring before June 5, 2020.
Lunch at Institute of Science
BRING YOUR LUNCH

Lunchrooms are available on a pre-scheduled basis. Each child should bring a lunch container identified with the student’s name.  Food and beverages, including gum, are not permitted in the museum. We require that all lunches be peanut-, nut-, and nut butter-free.
 

ORDER LUNCH FOR YOUR STUDENTS
The Institute offers lunch catering for students. Lunches must be pre-ordered at least two weeks in advance for delivery to the school’s designated lunchroom area at the time of the visit.

View the entire Reflections Café menu.

$5.75 per person

  • Orders require a 50% non-refundable deposit at the time of order. Remainder of payment is due the day of visit.
  • Additional a la carte items are available for an extra charge: chips, cookies, bottled water; call for group pricing of these items. 

Reflections Café accepts cash, credit cards (Visa and MasterCard), and checks (payable to Chartwells).

PLACE LUNCH ORDERS AND MAKE PAYMENT THROUGH THE CAFÉ DIRECTLY AT 248.645.3201