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The Huntington offers school programs free of charge for students K-12. Programs are held during non-public, morning hours and are led by volunteer docent teachers guiding students in interactive explorations of The Huntington’s collections.
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| Why Should I Bring My Students to The Huntington?
“The Huntington Standard is an approach that allows our education facilitators and students to actively engage with our magnificent collections of art, documents, and objects. Each program offers opportunities to observe, analyze, and synthesize ideas. Students exercise the skills that ensure success in school—and they do so in one of the world’s greatest centers for the humanities.”
- Catherine Allgor, Nadine and Robert A. Skotheim Director of Education, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
THE HUNTINGTON STANDARD
The Huntington Standard teaches students how to think rather than what to think. It seeks to emphasize critical thinking skills and techniques that are relevant throughout a student’s K-12 education. When students visit the Huntington for a school program they are asked to:
Observe & Describe – What do I see?
Explain & Interpret – What does it mean?
Reason with Evidence – What is making me think that?
Wonder & Question – What do I still wonder?
| Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE COST FOR DOCENT-LED SCHOOL PROGRAMS?
All school programs are provided at no cost to the schools. Schools may continue their visit during public hours at no cost with the proper number of chaperones. Self-guided tours are available for teachers who wish to bring their students on learning visits during regularly scheduled public hours. Regular admission fees apply. Guidelines and how to schedule a self-guided field trip.
WHAT TIME DO THE SCHOOL PROGRAMS BEGIN?
All docent-led programs begin at 10 a.m. We ask that schools arrive at 9:30 a.m. to be able to begin by 10 a.m.
HOW MANY CHAPERONES DO I NEED?
We require one chaperone for every ten students. The adult chaperones must accompany the students throughout the visit and are responsible for the group’s behavior while visiting The Huntington. No more than one adult per four students will be allowed for the school program. No infants, siblings or strollers are allowed during the docent-led programs.
ARE LUNCH FACILITIES AVAILABLE?
The Huntington has a picnic area located near the bus drop off where students may eat lunch. There is a limited amount of picnic tables/seating available. A protected lunch area is not available on rainy days.
HOW WILL I RECEIVE CONFIRMATION ABOUT MY PROGRAM?
You will receive an email one month prior to your scheduled visit with a link to an online video, a required bus route and parking map, and additional information about your upcoming visit.
IS BUS FUNDING AVAILABLE?
The Huntington may be able to offer limited bus funding assistance. Please indicate your need for assistance on your registration form when booking your field trip.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
All library and art programs are provided rain or shine. We will call if we need to cancel a garden program because of torrential rain which makes it unsafe to walk in the gardens. A protected lunch area is not available on rainy days.