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The first step in developing a sound educational curriculum for our museum has been to identify the Missouri Learning Standards that are most relevant to the museum. Providing learning experiences based on these standards, the National Museum of Transportation takes its rightful place alongside the St. Louis Science Center, and the St. Louis Zoo, as a first-rate location for learning.

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EDUCATIONAL GROUP OFFERINGS
Preschool

Guided field trips are available for Preschool Groups.  There is a facilitated field trip, “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” especially for Preschool 3 & 4 year-olds.  View Elementary school field trips section below for more information.

Elementary Field Trips

FACILITATED FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are offered March- May and September – November.

During a facilitated field trip, your elementary class will experience a “hands-on” field trip led by a museum educator.  It’s the perfect way to kick off or culminate a themed unit in your classroom!  Our workshops include post visit activities which are aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards.  See the focus areas below.

If your school is unable to visit us, we can bring transportation programs to you!  See our outreach programs.

Field trips are approximately two, to two and half hours long.  Each field trip offers an exclusive lesson with a hands-on activity, and a private educational tour.

  • $6.00 per student
  • One complimentary chaperone admission per every five students
  • K–5th grade, 15-25 students per class
  • We can host up to 4 classes per visit
  • Available Monday – Friday
  • 9:00AM is our first available field trip time
  • Miniature train rides included during seasonal operation, weather permitting
  • Outdoor picnic tables are available for groups staying for lunch.  We do not have indoor eating facilities for school groups
  • Refunds are not given for absent students
  • No other discounts apply, including National Museum of Transportation memberships, to field trip prices.

FIELD TRIP FOCUS AREAS

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
Preschool 3–4 year olds
Preschool friends will explore the purpose and design of different railcars and other museum artifacts on their “Private Outdoor Children’s Tour.”  Students will be guided through passenger cars, a dining car, cabooses, steam engines and many other forms of transportation!  All students will be given a Museum Activity Book to take home with them at the end of their visit.  Fee: $5.00 per student.

Bird, Plane, Boat or Train?
Kindergarten–2nd Grade
Does an airplane travel in the sky or on the ground?  Does a tugboat float or fly?  Are bicycles considered a form of land transportation?  Do hot air balloons have steering wheels?  This unique lesson helps students learn the difference between land, air and water transportation.  It also introduces very basic sorting and graphing skills.  This is a great class to coordinate with a transportation unit or to reinforce organizational math skills.

A private educational tour and miniature train ride are included.

Meets MO Learning Standards in Eng/Language Arts: Lang 1A; Speaking & Listening 1A, 2A, 3A. Math: NS A, B; RA A; DS A; GM A, C; NBT A. Science: PS1 A; PS2 A; ETS1 B.1. Social Studies: 3a B; 7A, E; 5E.

Meets MO Show-Me Knowledge Standards in Communication Arts: 5 & 6; Mathematics: 1, 2 & 6; Science: 2, 5, 6 & 8; Social Studies: 2, 4 & 5.

Down By the Station
Kindergarten–4th Grade
Do you know the difference between a steam and a diesel engine?  What is the purpose of a smoke stack?  Does a conductor or engineer actually navigate the train?  Have you ever heard of a cow catcher?  These questions will be answered as students learn the difference between past and present railroad transportation and how the different engines function.  This entire lesson is coordinated with museum artifacts explored during The Children’s Tour and reinforces the importance of the changes in life on the rails over the past hundred years.  This is our most popular field trip and each class has specific criteria that is taught accordingly to their grade level.

A private educational tour and miniature train ride are included.

Meets MO Show-Me Knowledge Standards in Communication Arts 5 & 6; Mathematics 1 & 2; Science 2, 6 & 8; Social Studies: 2, 4 & 5.

Meets MO Learning Standards in Eng/Language Arts: Lang 1A; Speaking & Listening 1A, 2A, 3A.  Math: NS A, B; RA A; GM A, C; NBT A. Science: PS1 A; PS2 A; ETS1 B.1. Social Studies: 3a B; 5E; 7A, E.

What Does It Carry and Where Does It Go?
2nd–4th Grade
Children often wonder what kind of liquids does a tanker car transport? Can you take a trip inside of a caboose?  How fast does the snowplow travel on the tracks? Then, they will be introduced to each specific car when they are out on the museum grounds during their private tour.

A private educational tour and miniature train ride are included.

Meets MO Show-Me Knowledge Standards in Communication Arts: 5 & 6; Mathematics: 1 & 2; Science: 2, 6, & 8; Social Studies: 2, 4 & 5.

Meets MO Learning Standards in Eng/Language Arts: Lang 1A; Speaking & Listening 1A, 2A, 3A.  Math: RA A; NBT A;GM A. Science: ETS1 B.1. Social Studies: 3a B; 7A, E; 5E.

Tracks Across America
4th–5th Grades
Students will explore the challenges and triumphs of the people who built the transcontinental railroad.  The children will experience an exciting “hands-on” bridge building experiment.  A private tour of the railroad artifacts is included in the programming fees.

A private educational tour and miniature train ride are included.

Meets MO Show-Me Knowledge Standards in Communication Arts: 5, 6 & 7; Mathematics: 1, 2, 4 & 6; Science: 2, 6, 7 & 8; Social Studies: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 & 7.

Meets MO Learning Standards in Eng/Language Arts: Lang 1A; Speaking & Listening 1A, 2A, 3A. Math: RA A, B, C; NBT A;GM A, B. Science: ETS1 A.1, B.1, C.1. Social Studies: 2C; 3a A, B, C, F, G; 5B, D, E, G; 6A, E; 7A, E;

Assemble This!
4th – 5th Grades
Henry Ford’s idea to mass-produce automobiles revolutionized the automobile industry.  Students will explore this powerful idea in a hands-on activity designed to illustrate “Ford’s Fantastic Idea.”  Students will receive a private tour of the Lindburg Automobile Building and other museum railcars and artifacts.

A private educational tour and miniature train ride are included.

Meets MO Show-Me Knowledge Standards in Communication Arts: 5, 6 & 7; Mathematics: 1,2,3 & 6; Science: 2, 6 & 8; Social Studies: 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6.

Meets MO Learning Standards in Eng/Language Arts: Lang 1A; Speaking & Listening 1A, 2A, 3A. Math: RA A, B, C; NBT A;GM A, B. Science: ETS1 A.1, B.1, C.1. Social Studies: 6A; 7A, B.

Telephone for reservations at 314-965-6885, ext. 5.

Middle School Tours

Private tours are available for middle school students March – May and September – November.  The students will be guided on an hour tour through transportation history.

Tours include passenger rail cars that are not open to the general public, the automobile building, and miniature train ride (during seasonal operation).

  • $5.00 per student
  • One complimentary chaperone admission per every five students
  • Allow 90 minutes if riding the train and participating in the scavenger hunt
    Wear sturdy shoes
  • Please see Making Reservations for detailed program information
  • Refunds are not given for absent students
  • No other discounts apply, including National Museum of Transportation memberships, to field trip prices.

Call 314-965-6885, ext. 5 to schedule your visit.

Home School Groups

Homeschool groups are invited to “rent” one of our scouting Travel Cases.   Children will have a blast using educational tools as they complete an outdoor scavenger hunt on the museum grounds.

They will make predictions, learn about transportation history, use math skills, read maps and follow directional instructions as they navigate around the park property.

Each case accommodates up to ten children.

Fees

  • $15.00 for Travel Case Rental
  • $6.00/each for children and adults
  • Please call 314-965-6885, ext. 5 to reserve the travel case.
  • Full payment for admission and travel case rental is due when making reservation.  Please have the exact number of visitors and your credit card in hand when calling the Education Department.
  • No other discounts apply, including National Museum of Transportation memberships, to field trip prices.

Please note: Your credit card will be charged $50.00 if the case is not returned or a minimum of $10.00 if items are broken or missing.

Outreach Programs

If your school is unable to visit us, we can bring our transportation programs to you!

  • We serve elementary classes that have up to 30 students per session.
  • We travel to schools within a 20 mile radius of the museum.  Groups beyond a 20 mile radius may still participate in our programs for an additional fee.
  • A minimum of one teacher (or adult chaperone) per group is required for all groups and must remain with the students throughout the entire program.
  • The minimum age for the preschool program is 3 years old.
  • Outreach Programs can be scheduled through the Museum Education Department: 314-965-6885, ext. 5.

PROGRAMS

Preschool 3 & 4’s: “Choo, Choo to You”
What are the names of all the railcars that are hooked up to the engine?  Find out their names and why they are important in the transportation of people, food, liquids and merchandise.

Kindergarten–4th Grade: “Down by the Station”
Do you know how a steam engine runs?  What is a cow catcher, sand dome or a firebox?  How do these parts help a steam engine roll on the tracks? Cabooses, boxcars, tankers and flatcars are also explored!

4th–5th Grade: “The Transcontinental Railroad”
Have you felt how heavy a rail hammer is?  Figured out how many spikes hold down a piece of track?  Experimented with the dynamics that support the weight of a 30 ton steam engine?  This program will shed a different light on western expansion across the United States.

FEES

  • 30 minute preschool presentations: $80.00 each, a minimum of two programs must be scheduled.
  • 45 minute elementary programs: $150.00 for the first program, $125.00 for the second program scheduled at the same site on the same day.
  • Additional travel fees: $25.00 for each additional 5 mile increment.
  • A $50.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.
    (Deposits are transferable one time, but are non-refundable).
  • Full payment is due two weeks before the program.
  • In the event that your school and/or the museum are closed the day of your program due to weather, we will try to reschedule your program or issue a full refund.
Making Reservations

MAKING RESERVATIONS FOR YOUR SCHOOL GROUP
To make a reservation for a preschool, elementary or middle school field trip, please call The National Museum of Transportation Education Department at 314-965-6885 (Ext. 5) Monday through Friday. Read below for special notes.

Please have the following information ready when you call:

  • School name, phone number and contact person and cell number
  • Visit date, arrival and departure times
  • Number of classes.
  • Number of students per class

Making Payments:

  • A $40 non-refundable deposit is due within two weeks of your phone reservation. Deposits should be paid on-line through Pay Pal using the link below left. If the deposit is not made within two weeks, our computer system will automatically drop the reservation.
  • If you use the “Pay Deposit Online!” Paypal button below to make your deposit, please type in your school name and date of your field trip in the area that says 
  • Please review the confirmation email carefully noting your payment due dates, field trip date and time slot. This serves as verification in the event of any miscommunication.
  • Cancellation must be made two weeks in advance in order to reschedule. Refunds are not issued.
  • Final payment is due exactly two weeks prior to your visit date.
  • If you use the “Pay Final Amount” Paypal button below right to send the final payment via Paypal, please type in your school name and date of your field trip in the area that says  to help us identify the reservation.

Please Note other important information:

  • Admission stickers will be given to you when you arrive at the museum for your field trip. Every person must be wearing a sticker before the field trip begins.
  • In the best interest of the students, we request the maximum of one chaperone for every five children, including all teachers and staff members.
  • Siblings are NOT invited to participate in education programs.
  • Allow enough travel time; groups arriving late will receive a shortened program to accommodate your departure requests.
  • We have outdoor picnic areas for lunch; please consider the seasonal weather when considering an extended afternoon visit. We do not have indoor eating facilities available for school groups.
  • Busses will enter at Parking Lot #2, unload all visitors at Function Junction and then will be given parking directions for the duration of the field trip. There is no parking charge.
  • Refunds are not given for absent students.
  • No other discounts apply, including National Museum of Transportation memberships, to field trip prices.
SCOUT GROUP OFFERINGS
Boy Scouts

The National Museum of Transportation is committed to S.T.E.a.M. Learning. Plans are currently underway for new and exciting S.T.E.a.M. based Scout programs for the Spring of 2020.

Eagle Scout Projects

Do you have an interest in completing an Eagle Scout Project at the National Museum of Transportation? Please email us at [email protected].

Girl Scouts

The National Museum of Transportation is committed to S.T.E.a.M. Learning. Plans are currently underway for new and exciting S.T.E.a.M. based Scout programs for the Spring of 2020.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY DOWNLOADS
Train Puzzle
PRESCHOOL
Parts of a Locomotive
GENERAL INFORMATION
Transportation Timeline
GENERAL INFORMATION