School Programs and Field Trips

Learn More With Discovery Center School Programs!

The Discovery Center is proud to announce a variety of new programs, including art, science and math programs to compliment our newest exhibit, “What’s the Buzz?” all about honeybees! We offer more than 20 school programs which are sure to be a hit in your child’s classroom as entertainment and education, incorporating state standards, Common Core curriculum and classroom goals with a fun, playful twist! Since there’s more than one way for your child’s class to enjoy The DC’s hands-on experiences, this is the best year yet to buy an educational program!

Field trips are a classic childhood memory, and they foster a love of learning in students. When you add an educational program to your class’s trip, children can learn through touch, role play, exploring, experimenting and challenging themselves with age-appropriate, topical material! Whatever your class’s curriculum needs may be, our programs are a great way to kick off or culminate a themed unit. From the five senses to the Erie Canal, we have a program for you! Cost of $10 per student includes museum admission and a one-hour workshop.

Since many districts are struggling with tightening budgets, we know that field trips can be hard to come by. That’s why The Discovery Center offers every school program as a “Museum to You” program! If your classroom is unable to afford a bus to us, we can bring any of our DC school programs straight into your preschool or school-age classroom. Let your kids get their hands on artifacts from the founding of the Southern Tier, real science tools as they explore the nature of honeybees in a lab setting, and more as they dive deep into the subject of your choice from the comfort of their classroom. Cost is $7 per student.

Parents have power! This is the best time of year to start planning that one-of-a-kind teacher’s gift for the holidays with your PTA or classroom liaison. A Discovery Center school program is a great way to thank your favorite teacher for all their hard work, and a great gift for hard-working students, too! Gift certificates are available to cover some or all of the cost of a school program, and can be purchased before any reservation is made. And don’t overlook our seasonal specials, too. Programs such as “My Spooky Five Senses,” “Day of the Dead Candy Skulls” and “Gingerbread Math” are only available during the first part of the year, so make sure to make your reservation today!

School Programs – Choose From Four Programming Formats!

Self-Guided Visit: Enjoy 1.5 hours of museum exploration, unlimited Story Garden play, and reserve our café for lunch or snack. $6/person for groups of 10+. Reservation required.

Field Trip with 15-minute Special Program: Groups of all sizes can enjoy an educational show! Choose from favorites such as Bubbleology, Once Upon a Time or our NEW Boogie like a Bee: Honeybee Communication. Group rate applies, reservation required.$6 per person + the program fee. Reservation required. Program fees are as follows:

  • 0-20 Kids = $15
  • 21-49 Kids = $25
  • 50-100 Kids = $35

Field Trip with One-Hour Workshop: Choose from over two dozen educational workshops to make the most of your experience at the museum.$10 per student, 1 free chaperone per 10 students, $6 per additional chaperone. reservation required.

Museum to You!: Can’t make the trip to see us? Our museum educators will bring our exciting hands-on workshops right to your classroom! Choose any of our school programs for a great in-class experience. We provide all the materials and the fun! $7/student, reservation required.

Contact Heather Ryan at (607) 773-8661 x 205 or for more information and to make your reservation today!

Download our Field Trip and Group Visit Guide for complete catalog of program offerings and registration information.

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