Visit the Science Learning Center

Reservations are required for school field trips to the Science Learning Center.

CSULB students, faculty, and staff are welcome to visit us during our regular hours.

School Visits

A typical school visit to the Science Learning Center (SLC) involves an activity led by our staff, and free exploration time for students to explore the exhibits around the SLC. The field trip can be adjusted to fit you desired timeframe, but generally activities will last between 30-45 minutes and free exploration is 10-15 minutes. Specific timeframes can be discussed when a field trip request is submitted.

class of young learners visiting the Science Learning Center

How to Make a Request

The Science Learning Center is currently available for school visits on Thursdays and Fridays between 9:00am and 2:00pm. The visit to the Center is free, although we ask for a $1/student donation (to help cover supplies) if possible.

Request a Visit

A staff member will contact you via email within 2-3 business days to confirm your choices, provide additional information, and answer any additional questions you might have regarding your class visit.

The Science Learning Center is located in the Hall of Science in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. As such, all visitors will be required to follow current safety guidelines as determined by the Campus Safety Office, the City of Long Beach, and Los Angeles County. Please check with Center staff for more information.


The SLC can accommodate one class at a time, up to 30 students. If you are planning to bring more students than that, you may be asked to split the students into multiple groups, visiting the SLC at different times in a rotation.

Below is a list of activities you choose from when visiting the Science Learning Center on a school visit. You will indicate your desired activity on the visit request.

Critter Investigations

Grades 3-6, up to 30 students per session

Students will have the opportunity to observe and study different invertebrates (critters), identifying unique characteristics and behaviors. Students will then plan and carry out an investigation to attempt to answer a question related to the critters they've been studying.

young learners observing a mealworm

Animal Skull Investigations

Grades 3-6, up to 30 students per session

Students will have the opportunity to observe an unknown animal skull. Students will try to identify different parts of the skull that correspond to four different categories: Vision, Eating, Hearing, and Smell. Using this information, students will attempt to answer questions about the animal, providing evidence for each, and ultimately make a final, educated guess to identify the animal based on all of the evidence they collected. This program is adapted based on grade level.

animal skull

Engineering Challenge

Grades 3-8, up to 30 students per session

Students will be immersed in the Engineering Design Process (EDP) by being challenged with building a tower using only index cards and limited amount of tape that meets certain weight requirements (e.g., supports a prey animal (stuffed animal) to protect it from predator. Students will be tasked with planning, building, testing, and improving their tower working in groups of 2-4. Steps of the EDP will be highlighted. This program is adapted based on grade level.

young learners building a tower from index cards