At the School of Earth and Space Exploration, we are committed to science literacy. While we are usually able to offer K-12 field trips and related activities in person, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued our activities via virtual platforms, which are free and open to the public, teachers, and students. Check out details on these activities on our EVENTS PAGE. For additional educational resources from throughout ASU, visit ASU for You.

K-12 Field Trip Program

In an effort to ensure everyone’s safety and health at this time, the School of Earth and Space Exploration has regretfully made the decision to postpone K-12 field trips until further notice. 

The School of Earth and Space Exploration offers field trip opportunities for science classes from kindergarten through high school. Our science and technology enrichment experience includes a 3D astronomy show and facility tours designed to reinforce the spirit of scientific inquiry and exploration.

The headquarters of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration is in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV, located on ASU’s Tempe Campus. The first and second floors of this flagship building are dedicated to education and public outreach and include a 3D theater and planetarium, Earth and space exploration exhibit galleries, an extensive meteorite collection, and windowed views into working research laboratories. 

Our K-12 field trip program is designed to:

  • Provide an interactive, high-impact and motivational experience
  • Encourage a STEM education/career attitudinal shift
  • Provide supplemental K-12 STEM education correlated to education standards
  • Provide exposure to “real-world” scientific exploration
Inside the Marston Theater showcasing the ample seating and big screen.

Program Details

The School of Earth and Space Exploration’s unique K-12 experience includes a 3D astronomy show in the Marston Exploration Theater and educationally relevant tours, led by ASU students. These are designed to reinforce the spirit of scientific inquiry and exploration. Activities are correlated to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.

Onsite visits typically include 2 to 2.5 hours of program and tours, followed by a lunch break, before boarding buses to return to school. Normally, school groups arrive between 9:30 am and 10:00 am, and are ready to leave by 1:15 pm. We are flexible and can usually adjust for special circumstances.   

Walking tours to other ASU School of Earth and Space facilities can be organized. This activity is typically appropriate for older students. 

Scheduling and Costs

Tours are scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays most weeks of the year and cost $8.00 per student. A modified program is now available on Monday and Wednesday mornings for a limited group size and targeted to older students. 

Questions and Reservations

For questions or to reserve a field trip for your school, please call or e-mail us.

Phone: (480) 727-4729

E-mail:  SESE-Outreach@asu.edu 

Schedule a Tour of our Facilities

More than 30,000 people visit us each year. In addition to field trip opportunities, we welcome families and individuals of all ages to tour our buildings. In the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4), check out our planetarium shows and free lectures, and visit the Meteorite Gallery. Tour our Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Science Operations Center and the Mars Space Flight Facility.

ISTB 4 Gallery of Scientific Exploration (GSE)

The outside view of the ISTB4 building.

Gallery exhibits on the first two floors of ISTB 4 are open to the public to explore on their own. Some exhibits may be staffed by student docents. The GSE houses interactive exhibits that engage visitors in the history of scientific exploration (from the voyage of HMS Beagle to NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory) and invite them to contemplate future voyages of discovery. The space is outfitted with kiosk-style exhibits and large-format, high-definition monitors that display video from earth-observing satellites and robotic probes of other worlds. For general questions related to the GSE, call 480-727-2868. For more information, see the interactive exhibits (PDF).

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Facility

A close up of a grayish colored moon rock.

Visit the LROC facility and take a walk through space exploration history and observe scientists working on lunar data in the Science Operations Center (SOC). The hallway gallery is available normal business hours; guided group tours of displays and the SOC are available by request Mondays thru Fridays. Please limit groups to 25. For questions about tours, contact lroctours@asu.edu.

Mars Space Flight Facility (MSFF)

A model of a mars rover.

At ASU's Mars Space Flight Facility, scientists and researchers are using instruments on spacecraft at Mars to explore the geology and mineralogy of the Red Planet. Displays in the entry-way are available to the public during normal business hours. Please contact us for guided group tours and limit the group size to 25.

The Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies

Ronald Greeley sits casually at a desk, a globe at his side and a model of a rover in front and a full book shelf behind him.

The Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies at ASU is one in a network of 17 Regional Planetary Image Facility data centers established by NASA to archive planetary images for use by the scientific and educational communities. It houses images and maps from all major U.S. spacecraft missions, along with an extensive library of mission documentation, scientific journals, and Earth and planetary publications. Aerial photographs of the Earth, airborne radar, and cartographic products are also part of the facility's collection. In association with the Planetary Geology Group, guided tours with groups of not more than 15 people are available by reservation only. For more information, call 480-965-7029.