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Education is one of the Discovery Center’s core values. Available to you are a variety of educational programs and services including field studies, self-guided tours, mobile labs, and Scout programs. Discovery Center is here to serve your school, homeschool group, distancing learning cohort, or community organization!

 

Please fill out an inquiry form below before emailing or calling.

Please note:

  • Filling out a program inquiry form does not reserve your preferred date and time. A Discovery Center staff member will call you to complete your reservation.
  • All group bookings subject to Discovery Center COVID-19 precautions. Please click here for updated information. 

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

Virtual Field Trips

We have missed seeing you and your students in person here at Discovery Center, and we have been hard at work developing options to serve you again! We are happy to now offer virtual field trips to both your in-class students and distance learners! With our new virtual program, you will be able to reserve hourly blocks for up to 60 students (30 students per 30 minute session) in which they will learn all about animals through a combination of interactive activities, animal encounters, and presentations with one of our animal educators. Additional time blocks can be requested if needed for more than 60 students. As the program grows, you can anticipate exciting additions in 2021 such as Tennessee History and Weather Science!

 

Animals All-Around (Zoom Virtual Field Trip)

Learn about the different classes of animals in the Animal Kingdom, and learn what traits make each animal class unique. Your group will explore an overview of a specific animal class of your choosing, which of these animals can be found in Tennessee, and have an opportunity to meet animals via webcam. The session will wrap up with Q & A, and students are encouraged to add any questions or comments that come to mind in the chat box.

Virtual Field Trip Fees & Policies

  • $50/half hour, $100/full hour – $75 each additional hour
  • Up to 30 students per half hour Zoom session
  • 24 hour cancellation policy: $25 fee will apply if canceled with less than 24 hours notice. Cancellation fee waived if due to COVID-19.

Please fill out an inquiry form below before emailing or calling.

GUIDE YOUR OWN GROUP

Self Guided

A Self-Guided tour offers your group a chance to explore the Discovery Center at your own pace. After an initial introduction, your group will explore in small, chaperone supervised groups. Must have 10 or more students to make reservations.

Please fill out an inquiry form below before emailing or calling.

Please note:

  • Filling out a program inquiry form does not reserve your preferred date and time. A Discovery Center staff member will call you to complete your reservation.
  • All group bookings subject to Discovery Center COVID-19 precautions. Please click here for updated information. 

 

Discovery Center also offers facility rental. Click here to book your own, private classroom space, or the entire museum!

 

FIELD TRIPS

Field Trips are available for:

  • School groups

  • Homeschool families

  • Scouts

  • Distance learning cohorts

  • Community organizations


K-5 Field Trips

Discovery Center provides fun and effective, informal learning experiences that meld with the classroom learning. Located adjacent to 20 acres of spectacular wetlands, Discovery Center is full of exciting exhibits and wildlife to explore – both inside and out. The exhibits and staff-led activities are designed to complement the standards-based curriculum. Programs include a 60-minute field study plus Discovery Center exploration. The specific field study content is based on grade level attending.

Our goal is to make the Discovery Center an extension of your classroom with premier hands-on and inquiry-based learning. We look forward to seeing you and your students soon!

Tours Grades
Animals All-Around PK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Amazing Anatomy 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Wetland Wonders PK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

More options coming soon for 2020-2021 school year. 


Animals All-Around

Reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds are part of our menagerie! Students learn through guided animal encounters. Also available as a Mobile Lab!

Amazing Anatomy (Dissection Lab)

Explore the parts of the body and functions of organs through hands-on investigations and dissections of real frogs, earthworms, squid, or owl pellets.

Wetland Wonders Tour

Explore the urban wetlands that unique plants and animals call home. Weather permitting, students put on boots to wade in Murfree Spring, use a net to catch and release tadpoles, and have an up-close encounter with our wetlands animals. Available April – October.

Preschool Field Trips

Discovery Center provides fun and effective, informal learning experiences that meld with the classroom learning. Located adjacent to 20 acres of spectacular wetlands, Discovery Center is full of exciting exhibits and wildlife to explore – both inside and out. Pre-K programs include 30 minutes of staff-led activities plus self-guided exploration time in the museum.

Our goal is to make the Discovery Center an extension of your classroom with premier hands-on and inquiry-based learning. We look forward to seeing you and your students soon!

Animals All Around Pre-K

We have members of several groups in the animal kingdom: reptiles, birds, amphibians, and mammals. In this 30 minute lab, we provide up-close and hands-on encounters for your students. This program is also available as a Mobile Lab!

Wetland Wonders Pre-K

Explore the urban wetlands that unique plants and animals call home. In this 30 minute lab, students use a net to catch and release tadpoles in our lily pad pond and have an up-close, hands-on encounter with animals that can also be found in the wetlands. (Weather permitting) Available April – October.

Field Trip Fees & Policies:

  • Guided field studies at Discovery Center are $8 per person (20 student minimum)
  • Self-guided tours are $7 per person (10 student minimum)
  • Dissection Labs are $13 per student
  • Teachers and school personnel are free with the field study. Chaperones are $8 each. Instructions for chaperones to prepay will be sent in advance.

Cancellations & Late Arrivals:

  • Please call us if you need to change your reservation date. We will do our best to accommodate.
  • If you will be late, please call (615) 890-2300. We honor the time reserved for each group. Your free time in the museum may be shortened if you do not arrive at your scheduled time.

Group Sizes

We reserve the right to combine schools to effectively maximize museum space and staff. Group sizes may be limited.

Lunch Facilities

Outdoor lunch facilities are available. In case of inclement weather, we will do our best to provide you with an indoor lunchroom.

Beverages, healthy snacks, and ice cream available in our gift shop.

 

Please fill out an inquiry form below before emailing or calling.

Please note:

  • Filling out a program inquiry form does not reserve your preferred date and time. A Discovery Center staff member will call you to complete your reservation.
  • All group bookings subject to Discovery Center COVID-19 precautions. Please click here for updated information. 

 

MOBILE LABS

Let Us Come To You!

Hands-on lessons presented in your classroom! Mobile Labs: Learning on the Go! is a great way to bring the Discovery Center resources to your classroom or program. This program can also be made available via interactive, virtual video call.

 

Animals All Around: PreK – 6th
Invite some of our animal friends to visit your classroom! We have members from 5 of the groups that make up the Animal Kingdom: Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects, Birds, and Mammals. We provide an up-close, hands-on encounter for your students. Animals may vary.

 

Mobile Fees & Policies:

  • Mobile Labs are $5 per student ($100 minimum program fee)
  • Payment needs to be check or credit card, and full payment must be received before or on the day of your program.
  • All Mobile Labs are subject to availability depending on staff and equipment required.
  • $60 mileage fee for groups outside of Rutherford County.

Cancellations:

  • Please call us if you need to change your reservation date. We will do our best to accommodate.

Group Sizes

  • Each lab can accommodate a maximum of 10 students at a time.
  • To serve your entire class, we will work with you to create rotations for your group.
  • All students and adult participants are required to wear masks for the entire lab. Discovery Center can provide adult and student masks for $1 each.

 

STEAM Bus

Discovery Center’s STEAM Bus is unavailable until further notice.

Discovery Center’s mobile science laboratory brings hands-on experiences that integrate skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, right to your facility! We have program activities designed for all grade levels. Teachers enter the STEAM Bus with their students, one class at a time, typically for 60-minute sessions.

Prices start at $250 for two 1-hour sessions and does not include mileage. Minimum booking of 2 sessions.

STEAM Bus Visit Requirements: A minimum clearance of 12 feet in height, 12 feet in width, and adequate room to safely maneuver the 50-foot STEAM Bus is required. The unit is a self-contained mobile laboratory and does not require any hookups at the program site. We will need 30-45 minutes to set up and equal time to pack up the unit upon completion of the program. It is because of this, and with safety as a priority, that the STEAM Bus will not arrive until school is in session and must leave 30 minutes before afternoon dismissal. This will allow us to enter and leave the premises while student activity is at its lowest.

 

To book your program, fill out our inquiry form.

Please note that filling out a program inquiry form does not reserve your preferred date and time. A Discovery Center staff member will call you to complete your reservation. 

 

SCOUT TROOPS

 

Scout Troops

Our Scout programs can be customized for your troop level’s needs and badge requirements. Troops may schedule camp-ins or rent space to host their own program, as well. In addition, we offer Scout-urdays! Learn more»

Please email Emmie Enochs to schedule your troop visit.

 

HOMESCHOOL

 

Homeschool

We’re excited to offer special programs just for homeschool students to connect, have fun, and learn together! Learn more»