At The Schiele Museum of Natural History the natural wonders of North America and the Carolinas are coupled with the rich cultural history of our region to create a one-of-a-kind field trip experience for students. From our natural science exhibits to our diverse educational programs and James H. Lynn Planetarium and Science Theater, we’re sure that you will find a field trip experience that is fascinating and unique while at the same time supporting the important lessons from your classroom. Education is important to us, and we welcome the opportunity to partner with you in delivering quality learning experiences for your students.

Click here to download the 2018-2019 Field Trip Guide.


Program Options

In addition to exploring exhibits, enhance the educational impact of your field trip with these program selections. Most programs last 45 minutes to an hour.



Earth Magic: February 5 - 8, 2019 - Colorful characters introduce food chains, photosynthesis, the water cycle, and conservation in a stage program geared towards K – 1 audiences. NC & SC Grades Pre-K, K & 1

Our World: Available January 15 – May 30, 2019 - Explore the living and nonliving world around us in the land, water and sky. Especially for young learners. NC & SC Grades Pre-K through 1

Gemstone Mining: Outdoor program unavailable Dec. - Feb. - Students use a water sluice to find, examine and classify minerals they can take home. NC Grades 1, 4 & 9-12 Earth/Env SC Grades 1, 3, 8 & 9-12 Earth/Env

Getting the “Dirt” on Soil: Available January 15 – May 30, 2019 - The amazing properties of soil demonstrate that dirt really does make the food that we eat! NC & SC Grades 1 & 3

Seismic Earth: Available January 15 – May 30, 2019 - Discover how earthquakes and other tectonic forces constantly shape and recreate our planet. NC & SC Grades 4, 6 & 9-12 Earth/Env SC Grades 5, 8 & 9-12 Earth/Env



Animal Adventures: Live and preserved specimens to illustrate important concepts like adaptations, classification, habitats and conservation. The program content is adapted to meet the curriculum needs of your grade. NC & SC Grades Pre – K through 12

Animal Dissection Lab: Students work in pairs to dissect specimens and learn about their adaptations, identify organs, and discover their functions. A variety of specimens are available – call for details. NC Grades 5, 7, 8 & 9-12 Biology SC Grade 7 & 9-12 Biology

Roots, Stems & Leaves: Up-close look at local plants including adaptations, life cycles, photosynthesis and identification. NC Grades 1, 3 & 6 SC Grades 1 & 6

Ecosystem Explorers: Guided tour to discover the interdependence of plants and animals found in North American biomes. NC Grades 4, 5, 6, 8 & 9-12 Earth/Env SC Grades 4, 5, 6, 7 & 9-12 Earth/Env

Rocks, Minerals & Fossils: Students work with hands-on materials to identify specimens and learn the principles of geology. NC Grades 4 & 9-12 Earth/Env SC Grades 3, 8 & 9-12 Earth/Env

Weather: Cool demonstrations about how air, water, sunlight and gravity combine to create Earth’s weather. NC Grades 2, 5 & 9-12 Earth/Env SC Grades 2, 4, 6 & 9-12 Earth/Env

Schiele Science Lab: Cool demonstrations of the principles of matter, energy, sound, light, and electricity. NC Grades 2, 5, 6 & 7 SC Grades 2, 5 & 6

Microscope Lab: Learn basic microscope skills while exploring the world that is too small to see with the naked eye. NC Grades 3, 5 & 7 SC Grades 3, 5, 6 & 7

Coastal Ecology: Discover how creatures survive the conditions of sand and surf while exploring species diversity, ecosystems, food webs and the impact of climate change. NC Grades 3-8, 9-12 Earth/ Env and Biology SC Grades 3-7, 9-12 Earth/ Env and Biology



American Indian Cultures: An exhibit exploration to discover how American Indian cultures were shaped by their environments. NC & SC Grades 5 and 9-12 US History

Life in a Catawba Village: Explore the history of the Catawba People and learn how they survived in the wilderness long ago. NC & SC Grades K, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9-12 US History

Pioneers of the Piedmont: Discover how early settlers carved a life from the Carolina Piedmont Wilderness in the 18th Century. NC Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9-12 US History SC Grades 2, 3, 4 and 9-12 US History

Carolina Piedmont Archaeology: Learn about the cultures of earlier Piedmont inhabitants through the eyes of an archaeologist. NC & SC Grades 4, 5 and 9-12 US History

Archaeology in the Field: Conduct scientific research at a mock dig site under the instruction of a real archaeologist. NC & SC Grades 4, 5 and 9-12 US History



Exciting fulldome digital technology illustrates a vast array of science topics in an immersive environment. Each astronomy program includes an interactive, live sky presentation if time permits. We’ve listed our most popular programs for schools, but other options are available upon request.

Super Volcanoes: Discover how massive volcanoes form, affect climate and atmosphere, and shape the face of Earth. NC Grades 6, 9 - 12 SC Grades 3, 5, 8 & 9 – 12 Earth/Env

Dynamic Earth: Climate change is here! Massive storm systems like Hurricane Katrina illustrate the dynamic nature of our planet. NC Grades 5, 7, 9 – 12 Earth/Env SC Grades 4-6, 9 – 12 Earth/Env

Solar Superstorms: Venture into the interior of the Sun to explore high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, and rising loops of electrified gas. NC Grades 9 – 12 Earth/Env SC Grades 8 & 9 -12 Earth/Env

Earth, Moon & Sun: Discover the important relationships between our home planet and its most familiar neighbors in space. NC Grades 3 & 6 SC Grade 4

The Weather: Learn about the water cycle and how to use our senses and instruments to make some predictions about upcoming weather. NC Grades K & 2 SC Grades K & 2

Grossology and You: Join Noreen Neuron and other animated characters to explore the inner workings of the human body. NC Grades 3, 5 & 7 SC Grade 7

Oasis In Space: Journey from the scorched surface of Mercury to the many moons of Jupiter and other corners of the Solar System in search of water. NC Grades 3 & 6 SC Grades 4 & 8

Magic Treehouse: Space Mission: Travel with Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House as they discover a note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. NC Grade 3

The Sky Tonight: A live exploration of the night sky including stars, constellations, planets, and other sights visible from our own backyards. NC Grades – 3, 6, 9-12 SC Grades – 4, 9-12


Lunch Options

We hope you stay for lunch, but please let us know your plans so we have space available for you. The museum has limited indoor space for lunches available by reservation only. Groups also may use our outdoor picnic tables near the parking lot and on our nature trail on a first-come, first-served basis. For your convenience, the Museum Store can arrange for lunch to be delivered from Bojangles, Sub Station II or CiCi’s Pizza for $5 per person or Chick Fil A for $6.50. Ask for details when you schedule your field trip.


Group Admission & Fees

Museum Admission for students and parents: $2 per person (plus tax)

Most Education Program Selections: $3 per person

Planetarium & Science Theater Programs: $5 per person (plus tax)

Teachers & Staff: Free


Schedule Your Field Trip

There are a variety of ways you can schedule your filed trip to The Schiele Museum.

Call: 704.854.6676

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Online: submit a request form

Any size group can visit the museum and participate in programs. There is a 15 person minimum to create a new program appointment. Smaller groups can join existing programs. Teacher and museum member discounts do not apply to home school groups.

Advance booking required for field trip rates. To qualify for these rates a group must contain a minimum of 15 paying participants and pay as a group. Please inquire about pricing for gemstone mining and dissection programs. Field trip fee is based on the number of participants registered in advance and is due in full the day of your field trip. Groups may pay by cash, credit card or check made payable to Schiele Museum.