School Programs

The Huntington is committed to providing inclusive, student-centered experiences for K-12 students. All school programs, both on-site and virtual, are free and open to grades K-12. Each school program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to look closely, ask questions, and engage in deep discussions in order to make connections and inspire curiosity. To reserve a school program at The Huntington, please review the information below then register using the following button.

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"The strongest part of the program was the open-ended questions. It allowed students to share what they individually thought, as well as help other students think differently about different artwork.” —LAUSD teacher

On-site Programs

Docent-led Programs

Docent-led programs are themed tours that engage deeply with 3-4 objects and locations in the art galleries, gardens, and library. Docents are trained to facilitate inclusive, engaging investigations through strategies including close looking, deep discussion, drawing, movement, and writing. Groups will be divided and assigned to a docent; tour locations will vary between groups.

  • Available on Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Programs begin at 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
  • Programs accommodate 15 to 40 students (for larger groups, please indicate the number of students in the form)
  • Docent-led programs last 90 minutes; groups are welcomed to stay and explore The Huntington following their guided tour
  • Bus funding is available
  • All students receive a School Programs Booklet and pencil
  • Programs take place rain or shine

Themes:

Nature & Art
How do we make art inspired by nature? In this program, students will investigate artworks inspired by nature and explore gardens using an artistic lens. Students will reflect on the diverse ways in which the natural world inspires art and artists using discussion, sketching, writing, and movement.

Identity & Community
How do we represent ourselves and our communities through art? In this program, students will investigate artworks and gardens that spotlight the artist’s identity, the person being portrayed’s identity, or the values of a community. Students will reflect on how an artist’s choices can reflect personal identity and what identity and community mean to them using discussion, sketching, writing, and movement.

Nature Walks

Nature Walks are guided explorations of The Huntington’s gardens and outdoor spaces that emphasize attending to the present moment and connecting with nature. Nature Walks are led by our team of Huntington Education staff who incorporate sensory engagement, discussion, close looking, and writing. Groups will be divided and assigned to a Huntington Education staff member; tour locations will vary between groups.

  • Available on Mondays
  • Programs begin at 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
  • Programs accommodate 15 to 40 students (for larger groups, please indicate the number of students in the form)
  • Each tour is 60 minute; groups are welcomed to stay and explore The Huntington following their guided tour
  • Bus funding is available
  • All students receive a School Programs Booklet and pencil
  • Programs take place rain or shine

Virtual Programs: The Huntington Comes to Class

The Huntington Comes to Class is an assortment of live, virtual learning programs facilitated by knowledgeable Huntington Education staff who virtually visit your classroom using your school district’s online platform of choice. Students will embark on a student-centered, themed investigation of The Huntington’s primary sources, artworks, and/or plants. All programs are interactive and include drawing, writing, movement, or other activities.

  • Available on Tuesdays
  • Programs begin between 9 a.m. and noon
  • Each program is 45 minutes
  • Programs intended for one class between 15 and 40 students (for larger groups, please indicate the number of students in the form)
  • Teachers must be present with their camera turned on to monitor student engagement and conduct
  • Students will need paper and pencil

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California State Standards for School Programs

Common Core State Standards- English Language Arts

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own ideas clearly and persuasively
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally

California English Language Development Standards

  • ELD.PI.K-12.1 Exchanging information and ideas with others through oral collaborative discussions on a range of social and academic topics
  • ELD.PI.K-12.3 Offering and supporting opinions and negotiating with others in communicative exchanges
  • ELD.PI.K-12.5 Listening actively to spoken English in a range of social and academic contexts
  • ELD.PII.K-12.6 Connecting ideas

College, Career & Civic Life (C3)

  • D2.Civ.7.K-3 / 3-5 / 6-8 / 9-12 Apply civic virtues and democratic principles when participating in school/community settings/when working with others

Preparing for Your School Program Visit

Frequently Asked Questions

What time will the program begin?

In-person/On-site Programs: Onsite programs will begin at the time you choose: 10 or 10:30 a.m. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your program to allow time for check-in, greetings, and instructions.

Virtual Programs: To accommodate different school schedules, programs are available between 9 a.m. and noon. All virtual school programs will last 45 minutes.

What is the teacher’s role during the program?

In-person/On-site Programs: Teachers must be present and should bring enough adult chaperones for the number of students attending the program. The role of the teachers and chaperones is to please keep students safe and focused on the activity and discussion during the program.

A minimum chaperone-to-student ratio of 1:10 and a maximum ratio of 1:4 is required. This will ensure proper student guidance during the tour, while also respecting the space at The Huntington.

Virtual Programs: To promote a safe and enjoyable learning experience for all, teachers must be present with their camera on throughout the program. Teachers are responsible for monitoring student behavior and any chat functions on the platform.

What can teachers do to prepare students for their learning experience?

Teachers can prepare their students by reviewing our Huntington Code of Conduct with students, watching the pre-visit video, and enjoying the Close Looking at The H videos.

How many students can participate in a school program?

Both virtual and in-person programs can accommodate 15 to 40 students. For larger groups, please indicate the number of students in the registration form.

Can I bring multiple grade levels to a school program?

The programs can accommodate mixed-grade classrooms, such as second- and third-grade students in one room, or a high school class composed of multiple grade levels.

After I request a program online, what is the next step?

Applicants will be notified 10 days after registration closes whether they are registered for a program or waitlisted. If you are registered for a program, you will receive pre-visit preparation material via email and will be asked to confirm your scheduled program.

Am I guaranteed a program after registering?

You are guaranteed a program after you have received a confirmation email. If registration requests exceed the number of program dates available, you will be added to the waitlist.

If I’m waitlisted for the program I requested, when will I find out if a date becomes available?

We will contact waitlisted groups as soon as we receive notification of a cancellation.

Can I take screenshots or record the virtual program while it is in session?

We do not allow screenshots or recordings by any participant in the program.

What is your policy about wearing masks during school programs?

Following the LA County Dept. of Public Health, The Huntington is able to make the wearing of masks in both indoor and outdoor spaces optional for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. During our school tours, we will follow your school’s policy on mask wearing as the policy is different from school to school.

Still have questions? Email us at schoolprograms@huntington.org