Field Trips

We are not hosting field trips through August 2022. Learn more about The Carle’s virtual workshops. 

Enjoy your field trip to The Carle with a guided or self-guided visit. Explore storytelling through close looking at artwork, conversation, and artmaking.

Two adults with class.

Guided Field Trips 

Led by Carle educators, guided field trips are 90 minutes and include time in the Art Studio and Galleries.  

Program Availability 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 
9:30 am and 11:30 am 
September through June 
For summer dates, please inquire. 

Group Size 

Groups must be 10-50 participants.
Groups of 25 or more will be divided into two groups. 

Program Focus 

Nature Narratives 

Through storytelling and art-making, explore the connection between art and the natural world. 

Sharing Stories 

Investigate how artists tell stories through pictures and create your own stories to share. 

The Art of Eric Carle 

Take a closer look at the creative process of Eric Carle and use that knowledge to inspire your own artmaking. 

Explore, Imagine, Play 

Encourage creativity, gross motor skills, and language development through an interactive storytime and imaginative play with art materials. (Recommended for Preschool and Kindergarten) 

Children looking at art in the galleries with an adult

Self-Guided Groups 

Self-guided visits allow you to come as a group, receive an introduction and quick check-in, then enjoy the museum at your own pace.

Program Availability 

Self-Guided Groups are welcome to reserve for any day and time. 

Group Size 

Groups must be 10-50 participants.
Groups of 25 or more will be divided into two groups. 

Make a Reservation

Complete our required Field Trip Inquiry Form at least two weeks before your visit.


$6 Admission for Students/Youths
For Guided Programs a $25 Guide Fee is applied to each group of 25 Students/Youths.
 Museum Memberships and passes do not apply to field trips. The Museum does not accept purchase orders.


A limited number of scholarships are available for field trips and are awarded at random through The Carle Community Fund. To be eligible to apply, schools must be a Title 1 school (all grades, all states). Deadline to apply is January 31 (for Spring 2022 field trips). 


The Museum suggests 1 chaperone for every 6 students. Chaperones are admitted free of charge.
Additional adults above the chaperone ratio will be charged adult admission and may be asked to tour the Museum separately from the group. One-on-one aides are admitted free of charge and are not included in the chaperone ratio.

Lunch at the Museum

As space allows, groups can bring their own lunches to eat in the Café. The outdoor courtyard is also available, weather permitting. Please indicate on the reservation form if you plan on eating at the Museum.