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


Learning Pod Field Trip Thursdays  |  3-4 p.m.

Looking to join other homeschool and distance learning students for a field trip? Reserve your spot today and join our DC Learning Pod!

  • Select Thursday afternoons at Discovery Center (with some exceptions)
  • Field trips rotate weekly, including outdoor-only and indoor options
  • Limited capacities, social distancing, and COVID safety precautions in place
  • Special adult chaperone discount available

Engaging Engineers

Roll up your sleeves and release your inner engineer at the Discovery Center! Join us for hands-on engineering during these Learning Pods full of DNA exploration, structure building and circuits. 2nd-6th grade.

Cost: $8/student; $5/chaperone

Dec. 9 – Connecting Circuits  REGISTER NOW»

Amazing Anatomy Dissection Labs

Become a biologist with the Discovery Center as we slice into dissection specimens! These Learning Pods are designed for our older students to utilize tools and discover the inner workings of a variety of organisms.

Cost: $13/student; $5/chaperone

Dec. 16 – Owl Pellet Dissection (1st-5th grade)  REGISTER NOW»

Power Players

Explore different sources of renewable and nonrenewable energy! Students will explore pros and cons of the different power sources and construct their own examples of the energies. 2nd-6th grade.

Cost: $8/student; $5/chaperone

Check back for future dates!

Wetland Wonders

September is a fun time in the wetlands as our fall plants and animals come out to say “Hello!” Join us for wetland walks with species identification, creek stomps, catching creatures with nets, and meeting some animals that call wetland habitats home. PreK-5th grade.

Cost: $8/student; $5/chaperone

Check back for future dates!

Animal Showcase

Join the Discovery Center as we highlight animals from different branches of the animal kingdom. Each session will focus on a different group of animals and will cover animal characteristics specific to that classification. After meeting some of the Discovery Center’s animal residents, students will also do an activity involving animals. K-5th grade.

Cost: $8/student; $5/chaperone

Check back for future dates!



Inclement Weather Plan

In the event of any inclement weather during scheduled outdoor field trips, we will reschedule your field trip to take place the following day.

  • Rescheduled trips will take place Fridays, at the same start time.
  • If weather remains problematic on Friday, your trip will be rescheduled with the same start time for the following Tuesday.
  • We will make every effort to reschedule in advance, following weather radar predictions. We will email you directly to confirm any rescheduled field trips due to weather.


Pricing & Waitlist

Adult caregivers are invited to accompany students on the field trip by registering as a chaperone-only, or by registering as a student and joining the fun!

Caregivers and children not participating in the field trip

  • Regular museum admission rates apply during your visit to Discovery Center
  • Staff will let caregivers know what time to return and pick-up your student(s)

For pricing, please click on the registration links above for each Learning Pod Field Trip.

Is your desired program full? CLICK HERE to join our Waitlist»

We’ll notify you of any openings, and announce any newly added field trip dates.

Due to limited capacities and distancing requirements, Discovery Center reserves the right to limit the number of chaperones sitting within field trip learning spaces.