Founded by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth in 1904, Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science and art. Cranbrook Institute of Science is Michigan’s Museum of Natural History. As a natural history and science museum, Cranbrook fosters in its members and visitors a passion for understanding the world around them. Drawing from its vast collection of more than 200,000 objects and artifacts, the Institute offers public programs, exhibits, events and lectures throughout the year. 

It’s easy to plan a field trip to Cranbrook Institute of Science. The Institute of Science offers over 80 field trip programs as well as special and permanent exhibits, planetarium shows, and seasonal events. All programming at the Institute is aligned with the New Michigan K-12 Science Standards and Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and emphasis is placed on your group’s grade level.

Our registration experts work with you to customize a field trip experience unlike any other. With options such as interacting with hands-on artifacts, a planetarium visit, lunch at the Institute, even a visit to our gift shop, we can help plan a memorable experience for your students.

School trips to Cranbrook offer the chance to meet science professionals active in their fields and the opportunity to interact with a unique, world-class collection of objects and artifacts.

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.

Educator Guide 2017-18

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.

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At Your School or On Screen

OVERNIGHT SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
Overnight field trips to the Institute offer your students the opportunity to work with museum professionals active in their fields. Overnights include three mini science workshops with our science experts, a student participation auditorium program, a visit to the Acheson Planetarium, plus a visit to our museum exhibits. Overnights are available any day of the week, Contact our Scheduling 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 Scheduling Office to hear how you or your group can register for a field trip: 248 645.3210.


Professional Development

For Teachers

Add a spark to your school’s science curriculum through the Institute’s Professional Development Workshops. Institute scientists and educators have spent years developing engaging programming in support of classroom curriculum. Enhance how science is taught through inquiry and interdisciplinary sessions. Educators will be empowered with ideas and activities to enhance their students’ science experiences in the classroom.

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.  This workshop supports best science practices in the classroom and is available as a half-day or day-long session.

DESIGN THINKING
Explore the Design Thinking process as a tool educators can utilize in their classrooms to encourage students’ problem solving capabilities.  This process emphasizes empathy in problem solving, creating a personal experience enhancing student learning.  

Call us at 248 645.3211 to discuss a custom session for your group.

Programming is aligned with new Michigan K-12 standards and can be adapted to meet individual teacher requests. Please request any specific content you’d like addressed during your visit when you register.

PLAN YOUR FIELD TRIP

Planning a field trip at Cranbrook Institute of Science is easy. We offer programs at our beautiful Bloomfield Hills museum, at your school or virtually through videoconferencing.

Registration Begins August 28, 2017

FIELD TRIP AND SCIENCE ON THE GO PROGRAMS AVAILABLE OCTOBER 3, 2017–JUNE 8, 2018

Register over the phone 8am–4pm, Monday–Friday at 248 645.3210 or online anytime.

A NON-REFUNDABLE 50% deposit is required when submitting your registration. Balance is due no later than day of visit.

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.

By integrating classroom learning with physical objects and hands-on experiences, students have an opportunity to better understand curriculum concepts and how they connect to the world around them.

TEACHERS & CHAPERONES

Teacher and chaperone involvement in the visit greatly improves the students’ experience.

Chaperones are FREE at the ratio of 1 for every 3 preschool and kindergarten students, and 1 for every 5 students in grades 1-12.

Teachers are always FREE.

Additional chaperones (beyond the recommended ratio noted above) are always welcome at an additional fee of $10 per person.

Please note: To qualify for group rates a minimum of 20 paying guests is required.

Due to classroom space limitations, chaperones may not be able to attend all programming.

Please brief your chaperones in advance so they will feel comfortable and know what is expected of them and the students in their charge. We ask that all chaperones supervise and stay with their group during the entire visit.

We reserve the right to shorten your group’s visit due to behavior issues that impact other guests or museum property.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • Programs start on the hour and run 45 minutes.
  • Due to limited space we are only able to store coats and lunches.
  • Food and beverages are only permitted in designated areas.
  • Chewing gum is not permitted in the museum.

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

UPCHARGE FEES PER STUDENT/PERSON
APPROACHES TO PROBLEM SOLVING +$3
ARCHAEOLOGY EXPEDITION +$2
HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE +$1
ICE AGE MICHIGAN AND THE BIG MELTDOWN +$1
LEVERS TO LIFT-OFF +$5
SAVAGE SEAS +$1
ADDITIONAL CHAPERONES +$10

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

AT YOUR SCHOOL - SCIENCE ON THE GO!
SMALL GROUPS (MAX 30 STUDENTS PER PROGRAM) $275
FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PROGRAM $175
LARGE GROUPS (MAX 150 STUDENTS PER PROGRAM) $325
FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PROGRAM $200
CALL FOR MULTI-PROGRAM PRICING AT 248 645.3210

FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT
(MAX 300 PARTICIPANTS PER PROGRAM) $675*
*BASED ON STATION SELECTIONS, ADDITIONAL MATERIAL FEES MAY APPLY
CALL FOR MULTI-PROGRAM AND CUSTOM PROGRAM PRICING AT 248 645.3210
TRAVEL FEES APPLY OUTSIDE THE METRO DETROIT TRI COUNTY AREA.

VIRTUALLY - SCIENCE ON THE SCREEN!
(MAX 30 STUDENTS PER PROGRAM, PRICE PER PROGRAM) $125

AT TIME OF REGISTRATION:

  • A NON-REFUNDABLE 50% deposit is required when submitting your registration. Balance is due no later than day of visit.
  • You will be required to provide a final attendance count 21 calendar days prior to your visit.
  • You are responsible for full payment for the final attendance count provided or the number of attendees present the day of visit and will be charged the greater amount at time of check-in.
  • Due to space limitations, only pre-registered students are guaranteed a program.
  • Additional chaperones beyond the recommended ratios are welcome at $10 per person.
  • To qualify for field trip group rates a minimum of 20 paying guests is required.
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science membership discounts and admission do not apply to field trips.

FOR CANCELLATIONS MADE MORE THAN 30 CALENDAR DAYS FROM DATE OF VISIT:

  • Reschedule with no additional fees.
  • Your 50% non-refundable deposit will be credited towards a future field trip occurring before June 8, 2018.
  • Remaining pre-payment greater than 50% will be refunded by check to the person who completed the reservation

CANCELLATIONS 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 8, 2018.

 

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.
 

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.

$5.50 per person

  • Orders require a 50% non-refundable deposit at the time of order.
  • Additional a la carte items are available for an extra charge: chips, cookies, bottled water. Call for group pricing of these items. Specify at time of ordering if anything extra will be purchased.

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
 
Choose one meal option for your entire group.
 
MEAL 1
  • Fresh pizza slice (cheese or cheese and pepperoni), pretzels, cookie, applesauce, juice box
MEAL 2
  • Turkey and cheese or ham and cheese sandwich, cheese stick or pretzels, cookie, applesauce, juice box
Special requests? Food allergies? Ask us! We can accommodate most requests and regularly offer special dietary menus for gluten, nut and other food allergies.
 
View the entire Reflections Café menu.
 
ONE TEACHER/CHAPERONE EATS FREE WHEN MINIMUM OF 25 ORDERS ARE CONFIRMED.