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Center for Mathematics and Science Education

Hands-On Science Lab Experiences

Our Spring 2020 Field Trip Calendar is full at this time. 

We continue to have a limited number of fieldtrips available as we prepare to move into our new Physical Sciences Building this summer. If you are unable to secure one of the fieldtrips, please sign up on our waitlist, and you can also visit the Gateway Science Museum(opens in new window) website to sign up for a hands-on science field trip today!

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

The Hands On Science Lab Experiences provide fun and engaging, active-learning experiments in chemistry, biology, and physical science. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis and slots are limited. 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 Hand-on Lab in action.(opens in new window)

  • 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 canceled:
    • Make payable to: Chico State Enterprises
    • 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(opens in new window)

  • If you haven't already done so, Register Your Account Now(opens in new window)!  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 Trip.  Teachers 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 (PDF)

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

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