Planning Your Field Trip

Select Your Program Type:

At the Exploration Place, we offer two field trip options, an Explorama or a School Program. An Explorama is a semi-guided, 90-minute tour of the museum’s galleries with one of our gallery Brain Builders.
A School Program includes a 30-minute semi-guided gallery tour, in addition to a 45 to 60-minute program in our Learning Centre.
  Explorama School Program
Cost per student (minimum charge of $50.00) $3.00/student


Length of Time 90 minutes in galleries 45 to 60-minute program, 30 minutes in galleries
Special features
  • Semi-guided tour with gallery staff member

  • Animal visit in the Biome.

  • Self-directed play & discovery in Children’s Gallery
  • Interactive programming with clear curriculum links

  • Animal visit in the Biome

  • Teacher’s pick of which gallery the tour will focus on

For more details on available School Programs, click here.

Making Your Booking:

To book an Explorama or a School Program, please fill out the online booking form here.

We will send you a confirmation email & invoice to confirm your booking. Please review the field trip details and reply to the initial email to confirm that the details are correct.
Plan ahead! Please book your field trip at least 3 weeks in advance and at least 6 weeks in advance during May and June. Bookings are made on a first come, first served basis.
Link to online booking form

Please contact Christie Mason, Public Programs Coordinator, for any questions regarding program bookings, Exploramas, or School Programs.

250-562-1612 ext. 224

Notes on Planning your Exploration Place Field Trip:

Teacher/Student Ratios

  • The Exploration Place is an extension of your classroom, and teacher supervision is required at all times. We also require additional adult supervisors. Teachers and supervisors are admitted FREE for both School Programs and Exploramas.  Please note that additional supervisors above the supervisor / child ratio will be charged a reduced rate of $7.00 each.

  • Supervisors are responsible for classroom management and behavior guidance and must remain with their students at all times.

  • Supervisor/child rations required are:

  • 1 adult / 5 students Kindergarten – Grade 3  

  • 1 adult / 10 students for Grades 4 – 7 

Payment, Fees & Cancellation

  • Payment is due on arrival at The Exploration Place. Please refer to your booking form & invoice.

  • No deposit is required to book however, a fee will be charged for cancellations with less than 2-weeks-notice

  • A late cancellation fee of $25.00 will be charged to the school if proper notice is not given

  • All prices and policies are subject to change without notice


  • Please arrive approximately 10 minutes before your program is scheduled to begin. Out of respect for the group arriving after you, we are unable to extend the programming time for groups arriving late.


  • Check all details on your booking confirmation form are correct

  • Consider a pre-visit to The Exploration Place. This can help you in planning your field trip, and is FREE upon presentation of your Ministry of Education Teacher Card

  • Organize your students into groups, each with an assigned adult supervisor before you arrive at The Exploration Place

  • Review behavior expectations for the field trip with your students and supervisors