Onsite Field Trip Programs


  • A program request is not a confirmation of your program. Programs are confirmed after communication regarding date, time, and topic, and receipt of $10 reservation fee.
  • Program fees are $10 per student. Grant funding for Title I schools is available.
  • Each onsite field trip is approximately 1 1/2 hours.
  • Maximum capacity for programs is 60 students per session; multiple visits and sessions can be scheduled to reach all students.
  • We require at least 1 adult per 8 students for grades K-8 and at least 1 adult per 10 students for grades 9-12.



Examine and investigate artifacts, documents, art, oral histories, and historic photographs to discover the trials and triumphs of community leaders from San Diego’s past and present. Students will learn about the people, places, and events that have shaped their community, and gain a greater understanding of the diverse perspectives and experiences that make up the fabric of their local history. Students will also have an opportunity to design and create their own quilt squares that reflect their own trials and triumphs, incorporating symbols, images, and colors that are meaningful to them. These squares will be assembled into a larger quilt that will be displayed in the museum, creating a visual representation of their collective experiences. (Grades 3-6)

Grant funding may be available



Journey back in time and tread in the footsteps of the padres, soldiers, and settlers who established the first mission and presidio in Alta California. Through a combination of museum educator/docent facilitated or teacher-led activities, explore a section of Presidio Park, learning about the plaza, stables, jail, chapel, and commander’s house that lie protected underground today. Inside the Serra Museum, investigate artifacts that reveal the daily life of the Kumeyaay, the Spanish, and the Mexican inhabitants of early California.
(Grades 2-6)

San Diego Before Statehood is currently available as a History Kit with optional Virtual Instruction, or as a Self-Guided tour. San Diego Before Statehood will be available at the Junípero Serra Museum for the 2022-2023 school year.



Examine primary source materials from the SDHC collection to discover influential San Diegans and become a living history exhibit. Engage in discussion to answer “What is a History Maker?” and “How can I be a History Maker?”
(Grades K-4)



Exploring the buildings and features from the 1915 Expo that form the foundation of the modern park, students will utilize cartography, navigation, and spatial awareness skills as they learn about Balboa Park “then and now” during this 1-1.5 hour self-guided tour through Balboa Park.
(Grades 3-8)


Gallery Highlights and Exhibition-specific tours
(Grades 2-12)

Self-Guided Museum Visit: Visit the museum during open hours and explore at your own pace!


All programs include optional pre- and post-session bridging materials and activities to enhance student learning. All programs combine whole group exploration, small group discussion, and individual reflection, with short brain breaks built in. We can customize programs to meet your students’ needs! Submit a request to start the conversation!


To fund your virtual field trip Xperience with SDHC, visit ArtsBusXpress and apply today!

Please be prepared to identify yourself, your school, grade level and preferred date(s) for your Virtual Field Trip Xperience. Once you submit, ArtsBusXpress will review your application and will notify SDHC upon approval. We’ll be in touch to confirm the specific time, discuss your class’s needs, and answer any additional questions you may have.

We’re excited to work with ArtsBusXpress to “enrich our students one field trip at a time, with or without the bus!”