The Town Center at the Discovery Building is an exceptional destination for scientific exploration. We will not be offering in-person field trips for the 2020-21 school year; however, we will be offering several VIRTUAL field trip workshops for students in elementary, middle and high school.

All groups interested in a field trip must fill out an online application form. The workshops we offer are described on our K-23-5, middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12) program pages.

Learn more about Discovery Building virtual field trips.

Registration is now open for spring 2021 field trips.



Who Can Attend

Class groups from elementary, middle and high schools; homeschoolers and community groups with at least one adult (18 years or older). Groups should have a minimum of 20 students.


Field trip experiences will take place online using preferred approved platforms. Each workshop is designed to accommodate classrooms participating in virutal or in-person schooling.


Students participate in an experience or activity followed by a virtual discussion with a STEM professional related to the topic. Teachers will receive a Digital Information Guide that includes activities/videos and other helpful information related to the selected topic after they apply. This guide can be worked into curriculum plans as appropriate to the classroom but should be completed with students prior to the scheduled After Party. The Discovery Outreach team will work directly with teachers to schedule the post-activity discussion with a scientist based on classroom schedule and availability.

There are different field trip workshops available during the fall and spring semesters for K-2, 3-5, middle school and high school (9-12) levels. You will need to select your preferred workshop experience based on the age of the students and time of year.


Post-activity discussions with a STEM professional (After Party) will be coordinated to accommodate scientist availability as well as classroom schedule based on preferences listed on the application form. The sessions will last approximately 30 minutes and will ideally take place using the school’s preferred virtual platform. When completing the online field trip application form, teachers will select preferred week, day and time for the After Party. We will notify teachers of application status and confirm that the topics and dates selected are available.


To schedule a field trip, groups must complete an online application form. Activity offerings depend on the semester and date selected. Applications and After Party are booked on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability.


Discovery Building virtual field trips are offered free of charge.

Questions about Discovery Building field trips should be directed to Sam Mulrooney at 608.316.4390.

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Field trips are supported by the Morgridge Institute for Research, UW–Madison and WARF.