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.

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At Your School or On Screen
For Teachers

Looking for something new and exciting in the sea of professional development offerings?  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 and leave with ideas and activities that make teaching science more exciting than ever.

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.

Call us at 248 645.3035 to discuss a custom session for your group.

All programming is aligned with the new Michigan K-12 Science Standards and Grade Level Content Expectations.

PLAN YOUR FIELD TRIP

FIELD TRIPS ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT CLASSROOM LEARNING

Planning a field trip with Cranbrook Institute of Science is easy. We offer programs at our beautiful Bloomfield Hills museum, at your school (Science on the Go!) or virtually through video conferencing (Science on the Screen!).

Registration Begins August 29, 2016

FIELD TRIP PROGRAMS AVAILABLE OCTOBER 4, 2016 – JUNE 9, 2017
SCIENCE ON THE GO! and SCIENCE ON THE SCREEN! PROGRAMS AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND

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

Registration requires a 50% deposit at time of registration.

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.

CHAPERONES & ADULT VISITORS

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

Cranbrook recommends a ratio of: 1 chaperone: 3 students for Preschool and Kindergarten 1 chaperone: 5 students for grades 1-12

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

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

Chaperones must supervise and stay with their group for the entire visit.

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 reserve the right to shorten your groups visit due to behavior issues that impact our 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

PLAN YOUR FIELD TRIP 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
ARCHAEOLOGY EXPEDITION +$2
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

ENGINEERING: LEVERS TO LIFT-OFF - THIS IS A THREE PROGRAM OFFERING $17 PER STUDENT - Please call 248 645.3210 to register for this program.

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

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

AT TIME OF REGISTRATION:

  • A non-refundable deposit of 50% of your total invoice is due.
  • You are responsible for providing a final attendance count to the Institute’s Scheduling Office no less than 21 business days prior to the day of your visit.
  • You are responsible for full payment of 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.
  • Additional chaperones, beyond the required ratios, are welcome at $10 per person.
  • Due to space limitations, only pre-registered attendees are guaranteed a program and additional chaperones may not be able to attend programming.
  • Cranbrook memberships do not apply to field trip admission fees.

FOR RESERVATIONS MADE LESS THAN 30 CALENDAR DAYS FROM DATE OF VISIT:

  • Please contact the Scheduling Office at 248 645.3210 to complete your reservation.
  • A non-refundable deposit of 50% of your total invoice is due at time of registration.
  • You are responsible for full payment for attendance provided at time of registration 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 attendees are guaranteed a program.
  • Additional chaperones beyond the required ratios are welcome at $10 per person.
  • Cranbrook memberships do not apply to field trip admission fees.

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 9, 2017.
  • 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.
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.  $5.25 per person. Orders require a 50% non-refundable deposit at the time of order. 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.
 
Download the Reflections Café menu.
 
ONE TEACHER/CHAPERONE EATS FREE WHEN MINIMUM OF 25 ORDERS ARE CONFIRMED.