Children's Natural History Museum
Field Trips  (2017-18)

"A science or math experience your students will never forget!" 
Book field trips by calling (510)790-6284 or email with preferred dates
4074 Eggers Drive
Fremont, CA 94536
(across from Washington H.S.)
Math Science Nucleus includes the Children's Natural History Museum  as well as 2 Discovery Classrooms and Museum Shop. All presentations are leveled to the specific grade, activities will vary; additional children may be added for $5.00 per child

 Field Trip Selection (details and cost below grid) * = double class available
Grade Title Description
Ca Science Correlation
PreK (4/5) Ice Age Fossils * click
K-6 Fossils*


K-4 Dino Magic*


1-5 Stars and Constellations*


2-5 Elements, Minerals, and Rocks*


4-6 Volcanoes click
1-4 Physics of Toys


3-6 Electricity


1-5 Light Magic


K-3 Magnetism


1-3 Carnivores and Herbivores*


3-5 Human Skeletons and other Bones* click
K-3 Shells of the World* click

Ice Age Fossils (PRE-K - 4-5 yr olds)* Students search for Ice Age fossils and use numbers to count what they have sorted.  They earn a Shark necklace.  They decorate  a Safari Hat and then look for fossils in the Children’s Natural History Museum. Mammoth Mary and other fossils of Fremont come to life!   1.5 hours limited to 20 students and 15 adults (over 20 students add $5.00 per student, over 15 adults add $5 per adult) ($175.00 base price)

D is for Dinosaur (PRE-K - 4-5 yr olds)* Students look at different dinosaur model and try and learn characteristics.  They learn about the Hadrasaurs and how they laid their eggs as well as make their own nest and egg, which they take home.  The compare tracks and trails created by dinosaurs and go up to museum to look at real dinosaur fossils. 1.5 hours limited to 20 students and 15 adults (over 20 students add $5.00 per student, over 15 adults add $5.00 per adult) ($175.00 base price)

 Fossils (1-6)* Students learn the different animals that lived in the Fremont area during the Pleistocene including mammoths and sabertooth cats.  They will go on a scavenger hunt in the  Museum.  They will compare the present with the past.  Learn about fossil excavations by sorting through fossils and receive a fossil shark tooth.  They go on a scavenger hunt of the museum looking for items in each hall.  You may download activities to help guide students.Classes are leveled to the specific grade. Limit: 1 class 30, 2 classes 60 students

Dino Magic (K-4)* Students enter a land of dinosaurs, as they observe skin prints, tracks, and fossils. Hands-on activities include comparing models and real dinosaur bones.  Quick tour of Natural History Museum allows children to compare Fremont fossils with dinosaurs.  Gift:  Dinosaur gift  Classes are leveled to the specific grade.  Limit: 1 class 30, 2 classes 60 students

Stars and Constellation (1-5) *  We all look at the stars and wonder "What is up there?" Students make their own star (superball) and compare the stars by the heat they generate.  Students go into the Miller Stardome and learn to recognize constellations and learn the myths behind them.  Classes are leveled to the specific grade.  Limit: 1 class 30, 2 classes 60 students

Elements, Minerals and Rocks (2-5)* Students will learn that elements make up minerals; minerals make up rocks; and the three different environments where rocks are formed. Through hands-on activities students will learn about igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.  Class is customized to grade and include a rock/mineral make and take.  Classes are leveled to the specific grade Limit: 1 class 30, 2 classes 60 students

Volcanoes (4-6) Look at rocks produced by volcanoes from around the world?  Students will be able to distinguish volcanic and plutonic rocks by learning different characteristics.  They will determine the clues and act as a geologist to determine how the rocks were formed.   Limit: 1 class 30, 2 classes 60 students

 Physics of Toys (1-4)Students learn basic principles of gravity, electromagnetism, and mechanics.  They will be entertained with toys through history.  Activities include working with various toys and will be asked to  design and make their own  toy. Limit: 1 class 30, 2 classes 60 students

Light Magic (1-5) Can you change the way that light moves?  What is a hologram?  How is light made of different colors? Students will bounce light off mirrors, and learn about optical illusions.    Students experience the power of lasers.   Limit: 1 class 30, 2 classes 60 students
Electricity (3-6) Students are electrified with static and current electricity. They learn the difference between series and parallel circuits.  Students can see first hand how this form of energy charges the world.  Classes are leveled to the specific grade. Limit: 1 class 30, 2 classes 60 students

Magnetism (K-3) *Students look at magnets and learn their properties.  They look at various magnets.  They all make their own ‘Hairy Monster,” made from magnetite. Limit: 1 class 30, 2 classes 60 students


Carnivores and Herbivores (1-3)* Students   compare the different teeth of different animals and classify them into herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.  They compare them with fossil herbivores and carnivores to compare and contrast. Limit: 1 class 30, 2 classes 60 students

Human Skeleton and other Bones (3-5) Students will learn about the major bones in their body by exploring several hands on lessons with bones.  They will compare and contrast their own body to specimens. Limit: 1 class 30, 2 classes 60 students

Shells of the World (K-3) Students look at shells and learn how to sort and classify them.  K-1 classes learn different adjectives to help describe the different types of shells.  Grades 2-3 will learn  how to classify and learn about other  ocean critters with shells. Grade 4 would emphasize invertebrates. Students will get samples of shells to start their own collection.  Limit: 1 class,  30 students

Cost: $175.00 up to 30 children
we can accommodate 2 classes at a time (add 15-20 minutes)

For groups of 60 or more 
-  $5.00 per student (call for more information)

2 instructors,  same high quality
Field trips are 1 1/2 hours (large groups 2 hours) and include a small snack.   Each presentation usually includes 3 hands-on activities, with the exception of large groups.  Lessons are customized to grade level. Outside patio available for lunch with advance notice. Classes that visit the museum are denoted with an asterisk *.  Science Standard correlation scroll down after class description.
Check online calendar for available dates.
Students may also visit the museum shop, but teacher should add another 15 minutes to their trip.  Many small items are under $1.00.

 Group Tours of Children's Natural History Museum

 Explore a world of  fossils from long ago including those from the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic.  Walk to more modern times with fossils of  mammoths, sabertooth cats, sloths, camels, and other large mammals.  Discover modern day animals through their bones.  Visit the Boy Paleontologist room to see how they discovered the fossils in Fremont in the 1940’s. View the Minerals and Rocks, Hall of Small Wonders and Tools of Early Humans.  Hands-on activities for small groups are located throughout the museum. 

PRICE: $8.00 per person (including adults). Limit of 40 people (minimum of 25 or $200). Includes a complete tour of the museum and the connection of the different displays, a 10-15 minute  look into the Star Dome, 20-30 minute lecture on the Ice Age fossils; scavenger hunt with a prize  (children only).  About 1.5 to 2  hours  (subjects may change with different exhibits)

 Tours can be scheduled depending on availability (including weekends).

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Presentations are at  4074 Eggers Drive.
Suggested times for field trips are 9:30-11:00 or 12:30-2:00, Monday-Friday. 
We accept Purchase Order, Check, or Cash.  We will invoice prior and you can pay through your school.

For more information please contact the Math/Science Nucleus at (510)790-6284 or email