Roam with dinosaurs at the Museum of Ancient Life; Meet your favorite farm critters at Farm Country; Explore the wonders all around us at the Museum of Natural Curiosity; Visit an oasis in the desert at the Ashton Gardens; Join in the exploration of the newest bug zoo at the Butterfly Biosphere!
(Butterfly Biosphere will be available for field trips visits starting in the Fall of 2019. See below for more information.)
For any other questions please see FAQ or contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling 801-768-4971.
The Museum of Natural Curiosity is FULLY booked for March and April 2020, and heavily booked in MAy 2020. Please select a different month or venue for your visit.
With our exciting new venue comes the opportunity for a unique field trip experience to see and learn about insects up close!
Butterfly Biosphere Field Trip request forms are now available! Please be mindful of the following before requesting a field trip:
Please select the correct grade level or group tab below to fill out and submit the field trip request form.
Although the venues at Thanksgiving Point offer a wide variety of activities, we encourage all teachers to come on a field trip with a purpose for their students to learn something new. Please view the following resources to help prepare for your field trip:
We can allow up to a 1:1 ratio for adults (free) to special needs students with prior notice (include in Notes on request form or call 801-768-4971).
Title 1 and iSEE Scholarships have been depleted for the 2019-2020 school year. Please apply again beginning July 1, 2020.
Thanks to generous donors and funds received from the Utah State Office of Educators Informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE), Thanksgiving Point can extend scholarships to public schools and public charter schools to visit one Thanksgiving Point venue (once per school year, per grade) while scholarship funding is available.
Once a year Thanksgiving Point offers a Home and Online School Education Day at a different Thanksgiving Point venue. Enjoy facilitated educational activities in each of our venues designed to give students opportunities to discover scientific concepts for themselves. Come explore the curious wonders of the Museum of Natural Curiosity or roam through the dinosaurs in the Museum of Ancient Life. Meet the farm animals at Farm Country, choose to visit the stately gardens at the Ashton Gardens, or get a close-up view of our small but significant insect friends at Butterfly Biosphere!
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 - Butterfly Biosphere
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 - Museum of Ancient Life
Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 - Museum of Natural Curiosity
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 - Farm Country
Benefits for coming to our special Home and Online School Educational Day:
Requirements for the special rate:
Teacher Sneak Peek Pass is a free pass for educators to use to support their students’ education. Thanksgiving Point has five beautiful and unique venues to explore: Museum of Ancient Life, Butterfly Biosphere, Farm Country, Ashton Gardens and Museum of Natural Curiosity.
BLACK OUT DAYS – Teacher Sneak Peak will not be accepted during the Tulip Festival, Luminaria, Outdoor Movie Series, Storytelling Festival or during any special ticketed events.
Teacher Educator's Day
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Educator's, we value your efforts to give your students opportunities to explore science outside the classroom. During Teacher Educator's Day, you can experience for yourself what Thanksgiving Point has to offer your students at the Museum of Natural Curiosity, Museum of Ancient Life, Farm Country, Ashton Gardens and Butterfly Biosphere.
Admission is free on this date for all educators with current school identification and you may arrive any time between 3:00 pm-7:00 pm. Please check-in in the lobby of Butterfly Biosphere or Museum of Natural Curiosity to get your free pass. Bring your fellow educators to visit our wonderfully diverse venues to see how our exhibits and immersive environments correlate to the state standards for your grade and how our programs can support and enhance your good work in the classroom.
Learn about self-guided and facilitated K-12 field trips, scholarships to help with the cost of visiting Thanksgiving Point, free statewide outreach programs for 3rd and 8th grades, USU Science Kits for checkout, and the ECO Challenge high school environmental science program. Check our state standard-related activities that are a part of Explorer PLUS facilitated field trips offered at each venue and explore our spaces to get inspiration for bringing science to life for your students.
Thanksgiving Point does not have any official place for large groups to eat lunch.
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