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The Lancaster Science Factory is currently experiencing high group visitation on weekdays from 10am - 2pm.

Field Trips

Field Trips are better at the Science Factory!

The Lancaster Science Factory is the perfect place for your next field trip. Groups of students ages 6-13 will enjoy the 75+ hands-on STEM exhibits that they can explore freely or using our own activity guides.

Our full menu of facilitated educational programs will add even more educational value to your trip and allow students to do physics experiments, solve engineering problems, create electricity, and so much more!

Navigate the menu to the right to see all of the ways a Field trip to the Lancaster Science Factory can work for your group.

When you’re ready to book, download the Field Trip Packet and contact Audrey Lilley at 717-509-6363 x104.

 

Field Trip FAQ

Below are some of our Frequently Asked Questions for Field Trips. For more information, please contact Audrey Lilley at alilley@tlsf.org or 717-509-6363 X104.

So what exactly do you offer?

We have over 75 hands-on exhibits, not for reading and admiring, but for touching, using, and experimenting. Each exhibit deals with a topic in physical science or mathematics, and they are all aligned to PSSA Curriculum Standards.

In addition, at the Bunting Science Café, who knows what hands-on science activities you will find. It could be anything from puzzles and brain teasers, making static electricity or making vibration.

Where is the Factory?

454 New Holland Ave
Lancaster, PA 17602

Just a couple blocks from the heart of downtown.

I know getting there is half the fun, but how do we do so?

Take US Highway 30 to the New Holland Ave exit. Head south (toward Lancaster). The Factory is 1.4  miles from US 30 on the left hand side.

If you’re coming by bus, feel free to pull in right in front of our main entrance for unloading. Our parking is in a lot across the street on New Holland Avenue.

GPS Coordinates:
40.046519, -76.296624
N40° 2.7911′, W076° 17.7974′

Show me the numbers! What price are we talking about?

Groups of 10 or more with advance registration receive our group rate. A limited number of chaperones are free (based on the number of students), and educators (including teacher’s aides, support staff, and school nurses) are also free.

Is the Field Trip guided?

All visits to the Lancaster Science Factory are self-guided. We recommend splitting your large group into small ones, each with a chaperone. We also offer several different activity guides that you can use to direct students based on cirriculum. We also have a variety of hands-on STEM Enrichment Activities you can add to your visit

Do we really need chaperones?

Yes, children must be supervised at all time. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the children and their safety on the exhibit hall floor. How many you need depends on the age of the children.

We require one adult chaperone for every four students in grades 3 and below and one adult chaperone for every five students in grades 4 and above.

These chaperones are admitted free of charge. Woohoo! Here are some Chaperone Guidelines that we ask that you share with them in advance of your visit.

When can we arrive? How long can we stay?

We start taking school groups when we open at 10 AM. Most groups visit 10am-12pm or 12-2pm or 3-5pm (after school groups).

We recommend you plan on 2 hours for the students to enjoy our exhibit floor.

Do you have lunchroom facilities?

The Lancaster Science Factory does not have a lunchroom and food is not permitted on the exhibit floor.  We do have a classroom that can hold up to 30 students at a time, however it isn’t always available based on our regular programming. Please inquire when you make your reservation if you need to each lunch during your trip.

How do I register?

You can call 717.509-6363 X104 or you can Download the Group Reservation Form, which you can then mail, fax (717.509.6386) or email us at alilley@tlsf.org.

Do you offer any free or discounted field trips?

We currently offer two free field trip programs.

First is the 6th Grade Field Trip Program, which allows all 6th grade classes in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania free admission for a field trip. Learn more on our 6th Grade Field Trip Program Page.

Do you have a class of at-risk students or are you a 501(c)3 agency that serves youth in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania? You may be able to book your field trip under the Youth Access Program. Call our Programs Office at 717-509-6363 X104 to find out more.