FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are a 3 hour self-guided exploration of the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples.

CMON staff will greet you, review a few guidelines and logistics, and your group will be free to explore the various CMON exhibits at your own pace until the end of your scheduled visit.

Give your PK-3 through 3rd grade students a field trip to remember. There’s so much for your students  to do and discover as you explore our interactive exhibits and experience hands-on STEAM based learning cleverly disguised as play!

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Field Trip Basics

Here at CMON we learn through play!  Every exhibit is a hands-on immersive experience where your students will learn STEAM-based concepts while enhancing their interpersonal skills.  During your Museum visit you will follow a schedule where you have plenty of time for exploration. Teachers may choose to explore the exhibits, including the Traveling Exhibit, participate in projects in the Art Studio, or play outside in the backyard (weather permitting). The highlight of our field trips is the new make space  exhibit, the Inventioneer’s Lab.   Your visit to the Inventioneer’s Lab includes facilitation by one of our Makers.

Field Trips start at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m; 1:30 p.m if you add a workshop.

We require one chaperone for every six students.  We have an 80 student maximum per day.

Field Trip Pricing

Students are $10, chaperones are $8, and teachers are free.  Chaperones in the one to six ratio are also free.

Contact us now to reserve your date!  Call  239-260-1600 with questions or create a field trip request by clicking the button below.
 
Payment is due the day of your visit.

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CMON Educator Guide

View our CMON Educator Guide to help you plan your visit to the Museum.  The guide contains all the information you need to find out what an amazing experience your students will have at CMON.

Field Trip Scholarships

Please contact education@cmon.org to learn of any available scholarship opportunities.  

How Much Does a Field Trip Cost?  

Field trips are $10 for students and $8 for chaperones.  You receive one free chaperone with every six students.  Teachers and aides for students with special needs are always free.  Chaperones must be at least 18.  High School students assisting in your class are considered children according to CMON policy, are charged the student rate, and do not count as part of your student to chaperone ratio.




Can I preview the Museum before I decide to book a field trip? 

Teachers from Collier, Lee, Glades, Hendry, and Charlotte counties may preview the Museum at no charge anytime during regular Museum hours.  In fact, teachers from these counties may visit the Museum with their families free of chage all year long!  Please email education@cmon.org to set up a tour.

What is a Typical Field Trip Like?

Here at CMON we learn through play!  Every exhibit is a hands-on immersive experience where your students will learn STEAM-based concepts while enhancing their interpersonal skills.  During your Museum visit you will follow a schedule where you have plenty of time for exploration. Teachers may choose to explore the exhibits, including the Traveling Exhibit, participate in projects in the Art Studio, or play outside in the backyard (weather permitting). The highlight of our field trips is the new make space  exhibit, the Inventioneer’s Lab.   Your visit to the Inventioneer’s Lab includes facilitation by one of our Makers.

Want to enhance your visit and your student’s learning?  Add on a STEAM based workshop to your field trip for an additional fee.

What STEAM workshops do you offer?  How much do they cost?

Each STEAM Experience is 25-30 minutes at the additional cost per class of up to 25 students.  

  • S- Grab your goggles and lab coat and get ready to become a scientist! We’ll use our powers of observation as we study chemistry to learn about acids and bases.   
  • T- Let’s do some screen-free coding with Ozobots. You’ll be thinking like a programmer as we get hands-on with basic codes using color.
  • E- Design, build, and test your way to becoming an engineer as you design a most epic roller coaster .
  • A- Explore our fine arts Collection and create a masterpiece of your own. 
  • M- How do people make and spend money? I have a few dollars. Should I save it or spend it now? Money matters in this financial literacy workshop. Role play with us to learn how to be a savvy shopper.

A Museum Educator will lead your STEAM workshop, modifying the content to fit the grade level of your students.

When should I arrive at the Museum?

We ask groups to arrive at 9:45 a.m. to have time to complete group check-in and orientation.  Groups will enter the Museum at 10 a.m. .  Groups arriving late will NOT have their assigned schedule altered.  They will begin the schedule at whatever time they arrive and may miss their first or second sessions.

What Traveling Exhibit will you have when I visit?

Our Traveling Exhibit for September through mid-January is Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit; from mid-January through mid-May it is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

What Days Can I Book a Field Trip?

Field Trips are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Add-on STEAM workshops are only available to field trips booked on Mondays or Tuesdays.  STEAM Workshops extend your visit to 1:30 pm.  

How many students can I bring in one day?

CMON’s daily field trip maximum is 80 students.  If you have more than 80 students, you will need to book two dates.

Who can book a field trip?

Field trip reservations are available for public and private school groups, daycares, and homeschool groups teaching students in PK-3  through Grade 3.  Homeschool groups are eligible to reserve field trips with a minimum of 10 children in the same age range.

How Do I Book a School Field Trip?

Gather the information listed below and place a field trip request online. This is not a guaranteed reservation.  CMON staff will follow up with you to complete your booking. 

  • Name of Main Contact
  • School
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Three date options for your field trip 
  • Grade
  • Number of students
  • Number of classes for this grade level
  • Would you like to enhance your visit with a STEAM workshop? 
How do I know my booking is complete?

After booking your field trip, you will receive a confirmation and Teacher’s Schedule by email.  Please make sure all teachers and chaperones participating in the field trip receive their schedule prior to the field trip.

What is the minimum number of students required to book a field trip?

Field trips are available for a minimum of 10 students.

What is the maximum number of students required to book a field trip?

CMON’s daily field trip maximum is 80 students.  If you have more than 80 students, you will need to book two dates.

What Are Your Payment Guidelines?

Payment may be made by credit card, check, or cash on the day of your field trip.  Free admission passes, half off admission passes, discount coupons, library access passes, CMON memberships, or any other form of discounted admission may NOT be applied to students for field trip payment.  Chaperones who are members of the Museum may enter for free if they check in at the front desk with their ID.

Will you issue a refund if I overestimate the number of students attending the field trip?

CMON does not provide refunds for overestimating the number of participants attending the field trip. You may contact CMON up to the day prior to your trip to request a headcount change and a new invoice.

What if I Need to Change or Cancel my Reservation?

The Museum is in high demand for visiting groups and we must limit the number of groups scheduled on any given day.  Therefore, if your plans change, we ask that you cancel, reschedule, or change the number of students in your group well in advance of your visit.

Is the Museum Accessible For Students and Adults With Disabilities?

CMON is a fully accessible museum.  Please let us know at the time of booking if your group requires special accommodations.

What is Your Student-to-Chaperone Requirement?

CMON requires one chaperone over the age of 18 per six students.    

Are there any expectations for chaperones? 

Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with students at all times during their visit to CMON. 

Can chaperones bring other children with them? 

Chaperones MAY NOT bring younger or older children with them on the field trip.  If they do bring younger or older siblings, they will not count toward your required student to chaperone ratio and will be required to check in as a general Museum visitor at the general admission rates. 

What if There is Severe Weather?

For visitor safety, the outdoor areas of CMON will be closed when lightning is in the immediate vicinity.  CMON does not refund payment for inclement weather during your visit.

What are Our Lunch Options?

Schools must bring their own lunches if planning to eat while at the Museum.  Please make sure your lunches are sorted by teacher into coolers or baskets clearly labeled with the name of your school and teachers’ names. All lunches are eaten outdoors on the terrace of the Inventioneer’s Lab. 

Can We Shop in the Store?

Schools may shop in the Museum Store at any time during their visit, however, CMON has a policy of no more than six students in the store at any given time.  Students MUST be accompanied by a chaperone.