Step 4: Prepare your Lead Explorers (chaperones)

The Natural History Museum of Utah calls chaperones Lead Explorers. Well-prepared Lead Explorers are essential for a successful visit. We appreciate their willingness to volunteer their time to help make student field trips possible. Use the information in the following sections to help recruit and prepare your Lead Explorers so they have an awesome experience too!

What are NHMU’s expectations of Lead Explorers?

How many Lead Explorers can come with us on our field trip?

Does it cost to bring extra Lead Explorers?

Can Lead Explorers bring students’ siblings?

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What are NHMU’s expectations of Lead Explorers?

Lead Explorers guide students on a journey of discovery and help students make observations using their senses. During their field trip, we want students to get M.O.R.E. out of their experience. We ask them to:

  • Model museum mode by using quiet voices and displaying calm bodies
  • Observe using their senses (see, touch, smell, and hear)
  • Respect each other, Museum staff and volunteers, the building and visitors, and Lead Explorers
  • Explore and engage in exhibits while staying with their Lead Explorer

Make sure you communicate your expectations with your chaperones. The Lead Explorer Guide has spaces for student names, lunchtimes, and other useful information to prepare your Lead Explorers.

Lead Explorer Guide

NHMU Student Expectations


How many Lead Explorers can come with us on our field trip?

We have found the following adult to student ratios to be optimal for students, Lead Explorers, and teachers to have the best museum experience:

Pre-K, Elementary

Between 1:4 and 1:6

Middle School, Junior High, High School

No fewer than 1 adult: 10 students


Does it cost to bring extra Lead Explorers?

All chaperones that come with Utah public and charter schools will receive FREE admission. There is no limit to the number of chaperones you can bring; however, we recommend the above adult to student ratios for the best experience for everyone.


Can Lead Explorers bring students’ siblings?

To ensure students have the best possible museum experience, we ask that chaperones not bring students' siblings during the field trip. However, we understand that sometimes it's not feasible to have adequate chaperones without bringing younger siblings. If it is unavoidable, please encourage chaperones to use frontpack or backpack carriers and discourage the use of strollers.


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