If your student group is anywhere near the Los Angeles area you have to try and make it to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the official largest nature and history museum in the Western United States. This entire collection holds around 35 million specimens and artifacts and span over 4.5 billion years of history! Talk about a truly educational (and entertaining) field trip!
This natural history museum was founded in 1913, with 6 acres to its name along Exposition Boulevard. Inside you will see everything from T-Rex skeletons to butterfly and spider pavilions. Explore the Insect Zoo, North American Mammals, Haaga Family Rotunda, and even Ancient Latin American Art while here, either on your own or part of a guided group tour. Take the Gallery Exploration Tour, Insider Museum Tour, Dinosaur Experience Tour, or Nature Gardens Tour while here, or perhaps just sign up for any daily event, workshop, or festival that may be taking place. Outside of the major gallery, you will also find educational resources on gems and minerals, Los Angeles history, and Los Angeles geography, not to mention the outdoor nature gardens, and labs.
You may need a little brain food while here, so plan on either packing a picnic or heading to NHM Grill, the onsite eatery that provides guests with delicious, local foods like burgers, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Before you go head to the Museum Store to pick up your souvenir, gift, or educational book, plus browse the jewelry, home decor, toys, and postcards before you go!