Hands-On Science Lab Experiences

The Fall 2018 Hands on Lab field trip calendar is full at this time.

Please be advised that our Fall 2018 calendar was very limited. We are working on getting additional field trip opportunities open by late August, so please check back later if you are unable to register on the first round.

The Hands On Lab Calendar system has been updated and there are changes to the login system.

Please update your profile information as necessary with the new login requirements PRIOR to registering for a field trip. If you encounter the message "...there is already an account for this user...", please change the Login User information in the top field to a name or something other than the pre-entered google email; then, attempt to register again. Thank you for your patience as we work on resolving this issue.

The Spring 2019 calendar will have expanded field trip opportunities and will open late November 2018. Check back to our webpage in early November for details.

Our program is going through changes and we are updating curriculum and associated courses for the university pre-service teachers. We appreciate your support and patience as we work through getting our program back up to a higher number of field trip opportunities by spring.

Classroom Field Trips with a special focus on 4th-6th grade Science Standards

Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis and slots are limited. To be placed on a waitlist, please email handsonlab@csuchico.edu and let us know which topic you are interested in.

The Hands On Science Lab Experiences provide fun and engaging, active-learning experiments in chemistry, biology, and physical science. They have traditionally been offered by university students studying science and education and are held in an actual laboratory on the CSU, Chico campus. See a video of the HOL lab in action.

  • Field trips are held during the  academic year; opportunities will vary
  • Maximum class size is 36 students.
  • Field trips are $50.00 each.
  • You can sign-up online to be on field trip wait lists.
  • Due to the high level of demand for these field trips, payment (check, cash, or P.O.) is due at least 2 weeks prior to your visit or your field trip will be cancelled:
    • Make payable to: CSU, Research Foundation
    • Mail to:  CMSE, 400 West 1st Street, Chico, CA 95929-0530
  • Cancellations require a 2 week notice or you will forfeit your payment.  Late cancellations do not allow us time to re-fill the field trip slot, which negatively affects the university students’ teaching experience.

LOG IN TO YOUR ACCOUNT to Sign-Up for a Field Trip

  • If you haven't already done so, REGISTER YOUR ACCOUNT NOW!  For security reasons, you log-in to the 4-6 Science Hands On Lab Field Trip website using your Facebook, Google, or Twitter account.  If you don’t have an account with one of those providers, you will need to sign-up for one.
  • Log-in and select Manage Account to ensure we have an accurate email on file for you.  Automated email confirmations and reminders will be sent to the email account you have designated.
  • View the Calendar, compare it to your school and bus schedules, and plan your visit.
  • Sign-up for a Field TripTeachers will only be able to register for one field trip per Academic Year.  Partner teachers must register individually.  You will not be permitted to sign up for another person.

Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis.

Maps and Guidelines for the HOL

The Hands-On Science Lab is supported in part by Instructionally Related Activities (IRA).