The JMZ offers a full range of science experiences for children ages 3-11, including many “parent and me classes” through the Enjoy! Catalog; self-guided field trips; standards-based elementary school programs at the museum, in schools and in local open spaces; and Interpretive programs for preschools and community groups.
Self-Guided Field Trips
School classes and other groups of 10 or more may visit us by calling (650) 329-2111 for a reservation. Fee: $5 per student. Teachers and adult chaperones are free.
Throughout the school academic year, trained Museum educators bring a wide range of standards-based science programs into K-5 local elementary school classrooms. Programs can be tailored to complement core science instruction, or structured as stand-alone experiences for students. They may be offered in school classrooms or at the Museum. Some programs, referred to as Open Space Programs, take place in local Palo Alto preserves.
In-class lessons typically last 50 minutes long and include hands-on encounters with live animals, natural artifacts and science tools and materials. Open space programs can last from 1-3 hours.
Prices for in-class lessons range range from $156 to $189 depending upon the number of classes purchased, and Palo Alto schools receive an additional discount. For some locations, an extra transportation fee will be applied. Open Space programs range in price from $325-$365 and Palo Alto schools receive an additional discount.
Programs for Preschools classes and Community Groups
Community, neighborhood, family and scout groups may also take advantage of these unique educational opportunities by signing up for a Science Interpretive Program. Interpretives can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the group and can be delivered either at the Museum site or at an offsite location in your community. To register, please contact Alex Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (650) 329-2412.
Photo Gallery of Educational Programs
Our programs use the Museum's extensive collection of natural history artifacts. Children can touch and observe these real specimens enhancing both their understanding of a subject and their sense of wonder.
Our zoo animals are a popular feature of our programs. Here an African hedgehog sniffs a young girl and her father to see if they will offer a mealworm treat.
In our programs, we provide the materials, projects, and expert science and nature educators for children to build and experiment to learn about different concepts. Above, two boys test their volcanoes.
Junior Museum & Zoo 1451 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94301 Phone: 650-329-2111 Fax: 650-473-1965