Students learn about the culture of the original human inhabitants of Santa Cruz. Through exploration in our native plant garden, exhibits, and artifacts, they see different tools and practices used to survive, and gain understanding of a native culture. In the process of learning about the Ohlone cultural connection to nature, students come to understand that humans are a part of the ecosystem.

CLICK HERE to view a more detailed outline of the program, standards, and classroom resources.

Grades: K-4
Days offered: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Start time: 9:00 a.m. | 11:00 a.m.
Program duration: 1.5 hours**
Cost: $40 $0, Fees removed in support of schools in response to challenges posed by the pandemic
Chaperones Required: 4-6 (30 students max)
Supplemental Activities: Educational Kit ($15/week)
Months offered: September-May

**Program duration now includes free-time to explore the Museum.

Request a Field Trip

Explore our available field trips below. Select a date from the calendar and then complete the request form. Museum staff will contact you to confirm the details of your reservation within a week of receiving your request.

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We are happy to offer Educational Kits to be used in the classroom either before or after your field trip. The Educational Kits come with artifacts or specimens, materials to support activities, and suggested curriculum. We strive to make the kits suitable for a range of ages or grades, and the artifacts can be used for the provided curriculum or to support your own lessons! We recommend that teachers rent kits to accompany their Museum-led field trips to deepen the impact of the lessons.

If you would like to request a kit rental to correspond with your field trip, indicate whether you would like the kit before or after your field trip below, or if you would like the kit for more than one week.