Field Trips

Rates and scheduling for schools and educational organizations
 

From Earthly wonders to the farthest reaches of space, field trips to Flandrau
reveal the marvels of the universe...

 

Located on the mall of the University of Arizona campus, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium offers hands-on exhibits to ignite curiosity and inspire future scientists. Flandrau’s shows and experiences are designed to connect with the members of your school or youth group and are geared to Arizona State Science Standards.

Two floors of science exhibits let your group explore our vast and fascinating universe—both here on Earth and beyond our solar system—and your group will have the option to see an amazing full-dome show in the planetarium theater. You’ll feel like you’re flying through space as you launch from the Earth and visit planets, moons, stars and asteroids.

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Science Center Exhibits

Explore what lurks in our oceans and what crawls under our feet in our shark and bug exhibits. Wild World of Bugs reveals our connections to the diverse and interesting lifeforms that, however small, play a huge role in shaping life as we know it. Sharks: Magnificent and Misunderstood submerges students into educational deepsea adventures, featuring digital games and displays that uncover shark science. Our asteroid cave is a gateway to exhibits that explore the terrain of Mars as well as the rovers that traverse the red planet itself. Downstairs, students use critical thinking skills to solve fun, prehistoric puzzles in our Puzzling the Past exhibit.

EXHIBITS

Planetarium Shows

Come aboard and take a seat in our full-dome planetarium theater for adventures in space and science. Your field trip has the option to choose from one of our current shows or from of a variety of shows from our catalog to suit your current curriculum.

Our collection of shows focus on a variety of subjects including planetary science, Earth science, astronomy, lunar history, and more. All our shows are hosted by trained and knowledgeable operators, often passionate college students working towards their degrees in science and other fields here at the University of Arizona. 

CURRENT SHOWS SHOW CATALOG

PRICING

K-12 School/Youth Organization

Visit exhibits and watch a planetarium show:

  • $8 per person
  • These field trips require a minimum of 10 participants or a base rate payment of $80.

Visit exhibits only or watch a planetarium show only:

  • $4 per person
  • These field trips require a minimum of 10 participants or a base rate payment of $40.

(Total participant count should include chaperones. Teachers are free.)

Title I K-12 Schools or UA Affiliate

Visit exhibits and watch a planetarium show:

  • $6 per person
  • These field trips require a minimum of 10 participants or a base rate payment of $60.

Visit exhibits only or watch a planetarium show only:

  • $3 per person
  • These field trips require a minimum of 10 participants or a base rate payment of $30.

(Total participant count should include chaperones. Teachers are free.)

READ BEFORE SCHEDULING

  • NOTE: "Science Center Exhibits" and "Planetarium Show Visit" require separate registrations.
    • Make sure to sign up for both, separately, if that's what your group is doing.
      • Example: Register for "Science Center Exhibits Visit" at 10AM and a "Planetarium Show Visit" at 11AM.
  • Each registration activity is designed for up to 75 people due to capacity.
    • If you have more than 75, make an additional reservation for the remainder of your group at the next available time and we'll take care of the rest. Chaperones should be included in the total count.

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PAYMENT

  • Payment is due in full at the time of check-in.
  • Payment can be made by cash or credit card and should be done in one transaction.
  • No coupons or additional discounts can be applied to the group visit rates.
  • Groups arriving with fewer than 10 participants will be charged the base rate for your group type.

CANCELLATION POLICIES

  • Cancellations must be received by email at Flandrau@arizona.edu, at least three weeks prior to your scheduled visit date.
  • Cancellations received with less than a three-week notice will be billed for the base rate for your group type.
  • The option to reschedule is dependent on availability.

CAPACITY

  • One group of up to 75 participants may tour exhibits and then watch a planetarium show together.
  • Groups over 75 participants require two registrations per activity (due to capacity limits) and may be split into two even groups rotating between exhibits and planetarium show.

DURATION

  • Exhibits or Planetarium show only= Approx. 1 Hour.
  • Exhibits and Planetarium show= Approx. 2 Hours.

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Specialized Field Trips

Discovery Programs

Offered separately from our regular field trips, Discovery Programs are designed and hosted by departments and colleges at the University of Arizona based on specific fields of science and various science concepts. Through hands-on mini workshops and exciting demonstrations, students learn from college students actively studying in the field. 

Learn more