Field Trips


Make the museum your classroom.

Strengthen your classroom curricula with a unique spectrUM science experience. These field trips provide exciting and innovative hands-on learning to children of all ages.

Groups of 10 or more must book a field trip in advance by emailing Caitlin Ervin.

Educator Guided Field Trips

Explore our featured exhibits and participate in an educator-guided activities designed to meet Next Generation Science Standards.

Length: 90 minutes

Cost: $5.00 per student (minimum of $75)

Maximum of 35 students per visit

Free passes and memberships are not accepted for field trips.


First Security Bank is sponsoring free field trips!  

Title I schools in Missoula qualify for free field trips to spectrUM.

*Limited bus funding also available.

For more information, contact Caitlin Ervin or call 728-STEM.


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Available Topics

  • Electricity: What is electricity and how does it work?
  • Wildfire science: What causes wildfires and how do they impact flora and fauna?
  • Anatomy Lab: What systems does the human body have and how do they work?
  • Physics and Space: What forces impact us and our universe?
  • CchemistryWhat is matter made out of and how do materials interact?

Field Trip Additions

Thanks to our friends at the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium your students can learn all about bugs and meet special bug ambassadors as part of your spectrUM field trip.

$60 program + $15 admin fee: Drop-in Bug Encounter Cart

During your class's open exploration time in the museum, the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium will join you at the Discovery Bench with a line up of Bug Ambassadors to meet and hold. This is an informal opportunity for students to drop in and meet the bugs as they explore the exhibits. 

$100 program + $15 admin fee: Private Bug Survival Skills Field Trip

Your students will learn all about the special adaptations and behaviors arthropods use to survive in the wild through this formal program. Live Bug Ambassadors are an integral part of each program that also features games and activities facilitated by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic educator from the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium. 

Available K-2 Standards

K-2 Next generations science standards address with spectrUM field trip

K-2 Next Generation Science Standards

Available 3rd-5th Grade Standards

3rd-5th grade Next Generation Science Standards addressed for spectrUM Field trips

3-5th grade Next Generation Science Standards

Available Middle School Standards

Middle School Next Generation Science Standards addressed with spectrUM field trips

Middle School Next Generation Science Standards