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Home Schools

The Natural History Museum of Utah offers a range of resources for home school families:

Self-Guided Field Trips

Home Education Days

Junior Science Academy

Teaching Toolboxes

Research Quest


Self-Guided Field Trips

NHMU is not currently accepting reservations for field trips due to COVID-19 precautions. Check back for more updates. 

Home school families qualify for Field Trip Rate discount pricing with advance reservations. Click here for more information about Self-Guided Field Trips.

Field Trip Rate Pricing

Teacher/Parent - $7.00
PreK (ages 3-4)-12th grade student - $4.00
Child age 2 and under - FREE
 

As part of the Utah's dual enrollment program, home school students may participate in field trips with their resident school for free. Contact your local public school for more information.

Museum educators have developed field trip activities that you can download and use, or you can customize them to fit your field trip needs! Click here for student activities.


Home Education Days

Each school year, the Natural History Museum of Utah is offers home school families one free self-guided field trip during one of the Museum's Home Education Days.

  • Dates for the 2020-2021 School year have not yet been determined. 

In order to receive free admission present your Utah certificate of exemption to School Programs staff in the Canyon lobby between 10:00am-1:00pm.

Following check-in, home school families are welcome to stay until the Museum closes at 5:00pm.

No advance registration necessary, and free admission includes special exhibitions.


Junior Science Academy

Junior Science Academy is an engaging learning experience designed to meet Utah's Core Curriculum Objectives and Intended Learning Outcomes through hands-on, inquiry-based activities and authentic learning experiences that help build understanding and strengthen your students' science processing skills.

2020-2021 Junior Science Academy Home School Offering

Class theme has not yet been determined. Date offering will coincide with one of the Home Education Days (see above). 

  • Date TBD
  • Meet at the Collection Wall in the Canyon Lobby at 10:15 AM
  • Register during Home Education Day check-in
  • Limited to 30 students
  • Open to 4th-6th grade students
  • No cost

We will need some parents to help facilitate the program but not every parent will be needed. Please let us know when registering if you are willing to stay. Otherwise, you may pick your students up after the class.

As part of the Utah's dual enrollment program, home school students may also participate in Junior Science Academfield trips with their resident school for free. Contact your local public school for more information

If you have any questions regarding Junior Science Academy, please contact Bonnie Jean by email or at 801-587-5707

Click here for more information about Junior Science Academy


Teaching Toolboxes

Excite and educate your students about the natural sciences with NHMU's Teaching Toolboxes. Each of these teaching resource kits—complete with touchable specimens, reproducible materials, and related literature—will engage your classroom and spark curiosity in the natural world.

Designed by the staff of NHMU for K–12 students and community groups, our toolboxes explore a variety of subjects, from paleontology to parasites. Teaching Toolboxes are available to check out from the Museum for free and can be reserved for a two-week period.

Reservations for the 2020-2021 School Year are not currently available. Check back for more updates soon. 

Click here for more information about available Teaching Toolbox topics.


Research Quest

This engaging and powerful web-based series of science investigations improves students' critical thinking skills. Middle schoolers explore digitized museum collections and data to gather their own evidence for the research question at hand. Ready to explore the investigations? Note, the Research Quest website asks you to set up a user account, which gives you access to your students' work and there is no obligation to use the program when you create an account, and nothing about the program costs money. 

Click here for more information about Research Quest


Questions? Email us.