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?
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.
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 and Lower Elementary
1 adult: 4 students
1 adult: 6 students
No fewer than 1 adult: 10 students
Does it cost to bring extra Lead Explorers?
Thanks to the generous support of the Utah Legislature chaperones are FREE* for Utah public and charter schools. 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.
* Up to 40,000 students on a first-come, first-served reservation basis. Check your confirmation email for final costs for field trips.
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.