The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre are closed for renovations.

Field Trip Checklist

The Museum requires advance reservations for all visiting school groups.

Two to four weeks prior to trip:

☐ Complete required school documentation (field trip permission forms, transportation forms, etc.).
☐ Secure chaperones for your field trip; at least one chaperone for every ten students (chaperones must be 21 years or older).
☐ Coordinate transportation with your district.
☐ Download online curriculum at
☐ If possible, visit the Museum ahead of time to familiarize yourself with the location.

The day before your field trip:

☐ Adjust final count of students, parents, teachers and chaperones. This number will be given at check-in. All participants (students, parents, chaperones, teachers, administration) on the trip must be included in the count for payment.
☐ Assign students to groups. Remember, one chaperone for every ten students.
☐ Prepare payment. Final payment is due upon check in.
☐ If the school is not paying for chaperones, ensure that chaperones know which venues/shows they will need to purchase tickets for.
☐ Remind students of proper Museum etiquette as outlined in the Field Trip Preparation Guide.
☐ Distribute curriculum to students, along with necessary materials.
☐ Ensure that chaperones are aware of lunch procedure. If ordering from Elements Grill, complete and submit lunch order form.

The day of your field trip:

☐ Ensure that all chaperones have a copy of the Museum Map and your field trip itinerary.
☐ Buses will unload on Hermann Park Drive, near the “Bus Unloading Zone” signs. Lunches should be left on the bus unless other arrangements have been made.
☐ Once unloaded, students will line up outside the main entrance at the “Teacher Reporting Point” while the Lead Teacher enters the Museum and checks in.
☐ During check-in, the Lead Teacher will provide a final count, payment, and the required Teacher Admission Sheet available in the Preparation Guide.
☐ Lead Teachers should distribute chaperone stickers and verify that all chaperones are aware of the schedule and designated meeting times and locations.
☐ Once checked in, chaperones may lead their student group into the Museum. Remind chaperones that they must remain with their student group at all times.


☐ Buses can park near the Sam Houston Statue or in the Houston Zoo parking lot on a first-come first-serve basis.
☐ Chaperones on the field trip reservation and parking in the HMNS garage will receive the discounted chaperone rate for parking to be paid at the Box Office.

Safety Tip: Please bring student medical forms and all necessary medications to ensure a safe and enjoyable field trip!

HMNS at Hermann Park

5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston,Texas 77030
(713) 639-4629

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HMNS at Sugar Land

13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(281) 313-2277

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George Observatory

21901 FM 762 Rd.
Needville, Texas 77461
(979) 553-3400

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