Physical Address:
625 Esplanade
(near  Bidwell Mansion)
Chico CA

Mailing Address:
College of Natural Sci.
CSU, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0545


Class Field Trips Spring 2014

Gateway Science Museum is now accepting reservations for class field trips to explore our Spring 2014 exhibits: Explore Evolution; Changing California: Geological and Ecological Transformations; and Sacrament: Homage to a River. Descriptions of these exhibits can be found here

Gateway Science Museum is proud to offer a variety of exciting, interactive and educationally-rich field trip options for all age levels throughout the year. The museum’s field trips further our mission of “Inspiring the exploration of science and natural history, in our region and beyond,” while also helping to support the educational goals of teachers and students.

Educators are encouraged to read through the field trip options below in order to choose the best field trip for your classroom and current learning objectives.


Gateway Science Museum is open exclusively for classroom visits for all grade levels on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Open Field trips encourage open and self-directed exploration of the museum’s exhibits. Open Field trips can include all current exhibits, or can focus on just those exhibits that are relevant to your classroom’s current learning content or skills. Teachers may choose to enhance the experience by using supplemental curriculum materials and standards correlations that will be available here before field trips begin. Experienced museum field trip docents dedicated to your class provide an introduction to the museum and to each exhibit you will see. They are then available to answer any questions, allowing for free discovery and inquiry.

Remaining Availability

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:30am - 11:50am, 2 classes

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 10:30am - 11:50am, 1 class

Cost $60 per class (maximum 30 students per class). NOTE: Classes with more than 30 students require special arrangements and will incur an additional cost. PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO FIELD TRIP DATE TO AVOID CANCELLATION. Cost includes chaperone entry. Cancellations must be made at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled visit to receive a refund.
Attendance Requirements Each class must have one adult chaperone per 5 students. Chaperones MUST remain with children in galleries to guide them in appropriate behavior and safety. It is expected that the chaperones be active participants in the students' learning opportunity.


This unique museum opportunity is ONLY available to 4th through 6th grade classes. Students will discover hands on activities led by CSU, Chico Science Education students.


Cancellations, Changes, and Refunds: Reservations not paid by the due date (as indicated on confirmation letter) are subject to cancellation. Changes are subject to availability. Notice of cancellation is required at least five (5) business days prior to scheduled trip for refund or reschedule. Scheduled field trips that aren't canceled five (5) business days prior to field trip date will be charged 100% of the field trip cost.

Location: Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade Avenue, Chico (next to Bidwell Mansion). Please note that parking is limited and purchase of a parking permit is required. A parking permit can be purchased from the kiosk near the front of the museum using cash, coins, or credit card. Parking is $1 per hour. Kiosk does NOT give change. Buses are NOT allowed to park in the Gateway or Bidwell Mansion parking lots.

Contact: To schedule your class for an Open field trip or a Museum Explorer field trip, contact Include your name, school, grade level, preferred date(s), time, number of students and chaperones attending, and contact phone number. We will try to accommodate your requested dates. Open field trips and the Museum Explorer field trips have limited availability, and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Field trip information and details of payment will be confirmed by e-mail.