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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Mission Canyon Campus and Sea Center offer school groups unique learning experiences through various activities designed to meet specific educational goals. School programs are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Reservations are required for all programs.

A number of our galleries and outdoor learning spaces will be closed for renovations during the 2017–2018 school year. Our capacity to host school groups will therefore be diminished. But many galleries and school programs remain available so it is critical that you book in advance so we can provide you with an outstanding educational experience.



Museum Mission Canyon Campus
To inquire or register for a Museum
program, please fill out the registration

Register Now

Travis King, School and
Teacher Services Specialist
805-682-4711 ext. 108 or

Museum of Santa Barbara

Sea Center Campus
To inquire or register for a Sea Center
program, please fill out the registration

Register Now

Steve Keller, School and
Teacher Services Coordinator Sea Center
805-962-2526 ext. 108 or

Sea Center of Santa Barbara

Download PDFField Trip Programs: To view all grade specific programs at each site, please refer to the School Program Guide.

Each class must choose from two of the following one hour school programs when booking a field trip:

  • Museum or Sea Center Interactive Tour (Offered at Sea Center and Museum)
  • Discovery Lab (Museum only)
  • Outdoor Nature Exploration (Offered at Sea Center and Museum)
  • Planetarium (Museum only)

Fees, Terms & Conditions

  • All field trips must be paid in full when booking. (Starting August 2017)
  • All payments are non-refundable.
  • All field trips run for 2 hours, with a fee of $100 per class.
  • No date changes once booked.
  • All Programs run rain or shine and are non-refundable.
  • Per class fee includes 1 free adult for every 5 students. Additional adults must pay.
  • Additional Adults $8 per adult at the Museum, $6.50 per adult at the Sea Center.

Scholarship for Financial Assistance

  • The Museum offers a limited number of scholarships to schools who qualify.
  • If qualified, scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Applications must be submitted within four weeks of your confirmation to qualify.
  • All field trips that qualify for financial assistance must pay a $50.00 non-refundable booking fee per visit to secure their reservation. 
  • Museum Access Fund (PDF)


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