field trip FAQ
- When can my class visit Science North and Dynamic Earth?
Science North is open September 4, 2019, to June 26, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, please note that the Science North, IMAX® and the Planetarium will be closed in early January 2020.
Dynamic Earth is open September 4, 2019, to September 20, 2019 and November 4, 2019 to June 26, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note, Dynamic Earth will be closed in late February 2020 for annual maintenance.
School programs are not offered on weekends, holidays or during the summer. School programs generally begin at 10 a.m., but if a 9 a.m. start time suits you better, please contact a booking agent and we will accommodate your request.
- How far in advance do I need to book my visit?
We require that field trips are booked at least one (1) week in advance, including Member schools. To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you book your field trip as far in advance as possible since all bookings are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- What is the recommended student to supervisor ratio?
For Sunset to Sunrise Camp-Ins, the recommended ratio is one supervisor for every fifteen (15) students, regardless of grade or age. For school visits and Ultimate Field Trips, we recommend the following student to supervisor ratio.
- JK to Grade 2 – 2:1
- Grades 3 to 8 – 3:1
- Grades 9 to 12 – 5:1
Additional supervisors beyond the recommended ratio must pay the additional adult admission.
- How do I book a school visit or field trip?
Browse our School Visit Guide for a description of our programs, IMAX films, and Planetarium shows. Check out the curriculum links and program length to decide which programs are best suited to your needs.
Use our online Check Availability feature for best available date. Review the food packages to decide the lunch option you would prefer.
Once you book, you will receive acknowledgment of your tentative booking by e-mail including a copy of your proposed itinerary and your invoice. However, confirmation of your visit will not be given until we have received and successfully processed your deposit (not applicable to Member schools).
- How do I change or cancel a school visit?
Please review our change and cancellation policies, then contact a booking agent by e-mailing schoolvisit [at] sciencenorth.ca or by calling 1-800-461-4898, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- How accessible are Science North and Dynamic Earth?
Science North will ensure accessibility in the provision of its goods and services to persons with disabilities in a manner that is consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity. Where integration is not possible, Science North will strive to implement alternative measures to enable a person with a disability to access goods and services in a manner that considers that person's individual requirements.
- Is there a place to store belongings at Science North and Dynamic Earth? Do you have a Lost & Found?
Open-access coat racks are available. Lockers are also available for a fee at Science North. Please leave valuables at home. Science North is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings. All forgotten items found will be taken to the admission desk and held for a short period of time. Please call 1-800-461-4898 if you have lost an item.
- What happens if a student gets lost at Science North or Dynamic Earth?
Students of all ages should stay with their supervisors. Lost children should approach a Bluecoat, who will conduct a radio search to locate their group. If a supervisor realizes a child is missing, the supervisor must approach a Bluecoat with a description of the child.
- Is there food available at Science North and Dynamic Earth?
Your group will be provided a reserved seating area for lunch. Choose from various menu options from Elements at Science North or Copper Café at Dynamic Earth. Your pre-ordered lunch is prepared and delivered to your group in your reserved seating area. Other options for lunch are available, such as à la carte and bring your own lunch. Coca-Cola Corner, located next door to our IMAX® Theatre, features slushies, popcorn and other treats. There are also vending machines at Science North. Please note that food and beverages must be consumed only within designated areas and are not allowed in the science centres or exhibit areas.
- Are there gift shops at Science North and Dynamic Earth?
Whizards at Science North and the Big Nickel Boutique at Dynamic Earth are filled with the unique, the weird and the wonderful. Featuring original souvenirs of Sudbury, Science North, and "Bluecoat-approved" educational toys and gifts for all ages.
- What time does a Sunset to Sunrise Camp-In start and end?
The program starts at 7 p.m. with a big welcome from Science North staff. Students will have designated snack times and breakfast will be served at 6:30 a.m. At 7 a.m. students will be back on the bus and ready for some shuteye as they head back home.
- What is there for students to do before the program starts at 7 p.m.?
There is a large grass area in front of Science North, which is great for playing soccer or Frisbee (you would need to bring your own equipment). You can explore the boardwalk, which runs along beautiful Ramsey Lake (accessible from Science North). Whizards gift shop at Science North is open until 7 p.m. for souvenirs. Please note that the gift shop will not be open in the morning before you leave, so we suggest visiting prior to the Camp-In. You can also extend your Camp-In experience by visiting Dynamic Earth prior to your arrival or booking a dinner for your students at Science North.
- What type of food will students be eating throughout the night?
As part of the Camp-In experience, students will receive a pop and popcorn snack during the IMAX® movie, as well as a pizza snack during the night. A continental-style breakfast is provided prior to morning departure. Students should bring enough liquids to help them stay hydrated throughout the night. Students can bring their own additional snacks, but food is not to be consumed throughout the science centre. We will have designated snack times and areas.
- Can dinner be purchased at Science North before the program starts?
Yes. Elements prepares a healthy, well-balanced meal designed to help students stay active throughout the evening. Dinner usually begins at 6 p.m. (to be confirmed with your booking) and is available at an additional cost of $12 per person, taxes included.
Note: Dinner must be booked in advance. To add the dinner option to your booking, please contact the booking agents at schoolvisit [at] sciencenorth.ca no later than one (1) week prior to your visit date. A charge of $12 per person, taxes included, will be added to your invoice.
- What types of programs and activities will students be participating in?
Students will experience a variety of our most popular activities throughout the night, while being guided by our dynamic and experienced Bluecoats. Our qualified science staff leads discoveries in a safe and fun environment that includes:
- Educational and exciting hands-on science programs
- Unique multimedia theatres
- A captivating live science show
- A visit to the F. Jean MacLeod Butterfly Gallery
- Exciting science challenges • Science centre exploration
- A giant-screen IMAX® film complete with pop and popcorn
- A healthy continental breakfast
- What should students wear for the Camp-In at Science North?
We highly recommend that students, teachers, and supervisors wear comfortable clothing and running shoes, but pyjamas should be left at home. This will be an active night with programs scheduled every hour from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. We recommend students bring a pillow and their sleeping bag, as there is a designated rest area for students to rest if they feel they need some rejuvenation time. We have lots of exciting activities planned for the entire night and we want students to have fun and fully participate. Students will sleep on the ride back home.
- Will our school be the only one on-site at Science North?
There may be up to 150 students at one time from various schools participating in the Camp-In experience; therefore, it is really important that students stay in designated areas with their own groups and Bluecoat. Additionally, we ask that students with cameras only take photos of other students who are with your own school group in order to respect the privacy of other individuals.
- What will accompanying adult supervisors and teachers do during the visit?
As a teacher or supervising adult, you will have the chance to participate in all the same experiences as the students. All teachers and adults are required to stay at Science North throughout the evening. Adults and teachers are responsible for keeping the group together as well as ensuring the group is actively participating in the activities. They are also responsible for any disciplinary actions, if needed, throughout the evening. There will be designated resting areas for the students from each school, and we ask that a supervising adult from your school stay with any students who may require the use of these areas.
- How do I book a Sunset to Sunrise Camp-In?
You can book your visit by using our online booking system or by calling 1-800-461-4898, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to speak with our Booking Agents.