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Make the whole museum your classroom. Our field trips engage students of all ages with interactive and entertaining exhibits and activities.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History reaches over 10,000 children annually through outreach programs, guided tours, and after-school classes. As the state museum of natural history, the Education Resources Center offers unique educational materials and classes for teachers and students from the Snake River Plain, into the Panhandle, and beyond. We at the ERC believe that learning is an exciting, ongoing process and work hard to offer, fun, customized experiences to learners of all ages and abilities.  Our after-school classes and activities are a great way to get kids excited about sciences.

Robert Gay, education coordinator

Robert Gay

Education Coordinator

Office: Museum Building 205C 921 S 8th Ave Stop 8096 Pocatello, ID 83209

(208) 282-2195

Field Trips

Whether you’re visiting with a group of five or 50, the Idaho Museum of Natural History can offer your students an authentic experience like none other. We customize field trip experiences to encompass all areas of STEM education in alignment with the Idaho State Standards: see Science Standards for Skulls or Science and Social Studies Standards for This is Idaho. Exhibit Interpreters and Museum staff offer insight on gallery exhibitions while the Science Discovery Center offers a free-choice learning environment for scientific discovery. To schedule a field trip use our online scheduling tool here.

Field Trip Requests

  • Please submit your request at least one week prior to your desired date.
  • Submitting a request does not guarantee a reservation.
  • Field trip group rates are $2/student, chaperones receive free admission

K-12 Outreach Programs

Teachers are faced with many challenges in the modern classroom, not the least of which are time and financial resources. If a visit to the Museum is not in your budget, the ERC can come to you! Our mobile museum is available to schools and qualified programs throughout the state to provide your students with a unique museum experience, without the travel. For more information, call us at (208) 282-2195.

Education Resources and Materials

Interactions with real specimens and artifacts provide meaningful learning experiences that last a lifetime. The ERC has an extensive library offering resources and materials to Idaho educators to supplement their existing curriculum and satisfy state standards. Books, videos, Discovery Boxes, and learning activity plans are available to educators and learning leaders within Idaho. For more information, call us at (208) 282-2195.

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Science Trek 2023

May 19, 2023

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

3rd - 5th Graders


We're very excited to be bringing Science Trek back to campus this year and getting 3rd-5th grade students involved in our Idaho State University community, and seeing how Bengal scientists work in their worlds, demystifying science and showing that anyone can become a scientist! This will be a fun afternoon/evening of learning and exploration on May 19th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Questions contact Rob Gay, Museum Education, (208)-282-2195 or