Field Trip Programs

Whether for public, private, or home-school educators, Autry Education programs are designed to provide a high-quality learning experience while maintaining the fun, hands-on atmosphere that makes the field trip experience so rewarding.

The tours and programs listed below are available for the 2017-18 school year during which the Autry will make select programs and tours available in a special afternoon schedule for schools, scouting groups, home-school educators, and groups.

All guided tours are 55 minutes long, unless otherwise noted. Complete the reservation form on this page to book a school tour or program.

All of our tours and programs meet California Academic Content Standards. Here is a complete listing of programs and corresponding California Academic Content Standards.

 

  • Lights, Camera, Cowboy

    Cowboys: Past and Present

    • K-2nd Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 25 students per hour

    Cowboys have always been an important part of the American West. In this program, students explore the galleries and investigate replica cowboy gear to answer the question, .“What helps a cowboy do his job?”

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  • Animals of the West

    Animals of the West: Engineering With Nature (STEM Content Class)

    • K-2nd Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 25 students per hour

    In this interactive STEM-focused program, students will learn how people lived in the West for thousands of years by using their creativity and critical thinking to make tools, clothing, and other useful objects from animals.

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  • Sculpture Explorers

    Sculpture Explorers

    • K-2nd Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 25 students per hour

    What are sculptures? How are they made? Who makes them? Students will uncover the answers to these questions as they investigate our diverse collection of sculptures throughout the museum.

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  • Docent-Guided Early Opportunities Program

    Docent-Guided Early Opportunities Program

    • K-2nd Grades
    • First and third Wednesdays and Thursdays of the month
    • 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    Led by our trained museum docents, your young students will investigate replica artifacts and role-play to discover the history of Western communities, Plains Indians, and cowboys and cowgirls.

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  • Self-Guided Visit

    Self-Guided Visit

    • K-2nd Grades, 3rd-6th Grades, 7th-12th Grades
    • Tuesday–Fridays
    • Beginning at 12:15 p.m.
    • 120 students per hour

    Teachers who wish to spend additional time in the museum or who want to explore on their own may reserve a self-guided visit. For self-guided visits, we require one chaperone for every eight students. 

    Reservations
  • Docent-Guided History of the West Highlight Tour

    Docent-Guided History of the West Highlight Tour

    • 3rd-6th Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
    • 120

    Experience the stories behind the artifacts of the vast Autry collection as our docents highlight the history of the West, sharing their knowledge with your students in small groups and enhancing their understanding of history.

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  • Eureka! The California Gold Rush

    Eureka! The California Gold Rush

    • 3rd-6th Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    Students will use primary and secondary sources to solve a history mystery about the diverse peoples of the California gold rush. Then it’s off to the gold mines, where students have the opportunity to learn how to pan for gold—just like the 49ers. The outdoor portion of this program is weather dependent.

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  • Oregon Trail

    Adventures on the Oregon Trail

    • 3rd-6th Grades
    • Tuesday–Fridays
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    Inspire the pioneer in your students! In this simulation, a museum teacher acts as a trail guide for your students while they learn about the hardships of traveling west. Students will work in small groups, using critical thinking to make tough decisions about survival as they encounter trials and triumphs on the trail.

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  • fur trade

    Encounters: The Fur Trade

    • 3rd-6th Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    Your students will develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of the 19thcentury fur trade system through historical role-play in which they trade food, animal products, and manufactured goods. Students will work in groups for this simulation to determine if trading is an effective way to conduct business.

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  • Self-Guided Visit

    Self-Guided Visit

    • K-2nd Grades, 3rd-6th Grades, 7th-12th Grades
    • Tuesday–Fridays
    • Beginning at 12:15 p.m.
    • 120 students per hour

    Teachers who wish to spend additional time in the museum or who want to explore on their own may reserve a self-guided visit. For self-guided visits, we require one chaperone for every eight students. 

    Reservations
  • California’s First Peoples and Environment

    Native Californians and the Environment

    • 3rd-6th Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    Students will work in small groups as they explore our ethnobotanical garden to investigate the relationships Native Californians have with plants. The outdoor portion of this program is weather dependent.

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  • American Indians of the West

    American Indians of the West

    • 3rd-6th Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    Museum teachers will use our replica collection to introduce students to the varied Indigenous cultures of the Southwest, Northwest Coast, and Great Plains. Students will compare tools, foods, and customs to understand how the natural environment contributes to the development of cultures.

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  • Discover 1890: Communities in the American West

    Discover 1890: Communities in the American West

    • 3rd-6th Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    Students will become historians as they use replica artifacts and primary sources to uncover stories about individuals from various communities in the American West of 1890.

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  • Docent-Guided History of the West Highlight Tour

    Docent-Guided History of the West Highlight Tour

    • 7th-12th Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

    Experience the stories behind the artifacts of the vast Autry collection as our docents highlight the history of the West, sharing their knowledge with your students in small groups and enhancing their understanding of history.

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  • View of Yosemite Valley

    Day of Deliberation New!

    • 7th-12th Grades
    • October 23, 2018, and February 26, 2019

    This program encourages students to think critically and discuss their perceptions of diverse art from the peoples and cultures of the American West. The exhibited works include photography, paintings, textiles, videos, This program is designed to engage students in decisions about the past, present, and future of California through deliberation and civil discourse. Students will learn about the legislative process, water rights in California, the National Park Service, and the conservation movement in the United States by examining the use of Yosemite National Park’s Hetch Hetchy Valley in 1913. The program includes pre- and post-classroom activities; a 90-minute, moderated deliberative forum held at the Autry; and a guided tour of related exhibitions. For more information, please e-mail deliberation@theautry.org.

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  • John Gast American Progress

    Westward Expansion: Community and Opportunity

    • 7th-12th Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    In 1890, the West was a cultural crossroads of people from different backgrounds looking for opportunity. Was the West a place of opportunity for everyone in 1890? Your students will investigate this question through historical inquiry and collaborative group work using primary sources in our permanent galleries.

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  • California Continued

    California Continued

    • 7th-12th Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    This program explores the ongoing and interdependent relationship between people and the natural environments of California. After investigating primary and secondary sources, students will deliberate on a solution to an environmental dilemma currently affecting the deserts of Southern California.

    *An extended 90-minute option is also available for groups attending the LA RAZA program.

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  • LA RAZA

    LA RAZA

    • 7th-12th Grades
    • Tuesday-Friday (Tours available through February 8, 2019 )
    • 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    The LA RAZA exhibition explores photography’s role in articulating the social and political concerns of the Chicano Movement during a pivotal time in the art and history of the United States. Students will work in groups to compare photographs from the exhibition with articles from La Raza to understand photography as a powerful tool of social activism. LA RAZA is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty and a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Major support for LA RAZA provided by the Getty Foundation. Media Sponsor: Univision Los Angeles. Additional Support: AltaMed, La Opinión.

    LA RAZA is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

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  • Self-Guided Visit

    Self-Guided Visit

    • K-2nd Grades, 3rd-6th Grades, 7th-12th Grades
    • Tuesday–Fridays
    • Beginning at 12:15 p.m.
    • 120 students per hour

    Teachers who wish to spend additional time in the museum or who want to explore on their own may reserve a self-guided visit. For self-guided visits, we require one chaperone for every eight students. 

    Reservations