2016-17 Field Trips

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Field Trip Opportunities

All field trip programs are linked to Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards. For more information about each field trip, click on the program title to download a program flyer. Download a full school program brochure here (PDF).

Prehistoric Cape Fear (PDF)
60 or 90 minutes ~ Grades K & 1
Journey back in time to explore dinosaurs and more.
Science: K.L.1; 1.L.1, 1.L.2
Mathematics: K.MD; 1.MD

Forces and Motion (PDF)
90 minutes ~ Grade 1
Experiment with Newton’s Laws of Motion.
Science: 1.P.1

What’s In Your Backyard? (PDF)
60 or 90 minutes ~ Grades 1 – 3
Explore Lower Cape Fear ecology.
Science: 1.E.2, 1.L.1, 1.L.2; 2.L.1; 3.E.2, 3.L.2

Native Americans (PDF)
60 or 90 minutes ~ Grades 2 – 4
Discover the first inhabitants of the Lower Cape Fear region.
Social Studies Standards: 2.H.1, 2.G.2, 2.E.1; 3.G.1, 3.C.1; 4.H.1, 4.G.1

Solar System and Beyond (PDF)*
60 minutes ~ Grade 3
Explore the night sky inside a digital planetarium.
Science: 3.E.1

Math Madness (PDF)
90 minutes ~ Grades 3 – 8
Investigate hands-on mathematics exhibits.
Mathematics content standards vary by grade level

People of the Past (PDF) 
90 minutes ~ Grades 3 – 4
Delve into Lower Cape Fear history.
Social Studies: 3.H.1, 3.G.1, 3.E.1; 4.H.1, 4.G.1, 4.E.1

Electricity and Magnetism (PDF)
90 minutes ~ Grade 4
Experiment with circuits, magnets and energy.
Science: 4.P.1, 4.P.2, 4.P.3

Simple Machines (PDF)
90 minutes ~ Grade 7
Discover the power of simple machines.
Science: 7.P.2

Exhibit Tours
Enjoy a guided Museum tour, tailored for your group.  60-minute tours incorporate hands-on activities, interactive discussions, and artifact analysis.

*Funding for the digital planetarium provided by North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

Field Trip Fees

  • Schools in New Hanover County: $4 per student
  • Schools outside New Hanover County: $7 per student


Advance registration is required. Call 910-798-4362 or email CFMprograms@nhcgov.com.

Bus Parking

Bus drivers should drop off students at the designated bus pull-in area along 8th Street. Bus parking is available along 9th Street, beside the Museum.

Need a space to eat?

Picnic lunches are allowed in the Museum Park. Please check the availability of this space for picnics when making your reservation.


Cape Fear Museum provides a host of field trip programs that can be tailored for your home-schooled students (minimum 10 students).

Souvenir Bags

Prepackaged history and science-related souvenir bags are available!  To order, call 910-798-4364.

814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382