Scheduling a Program

Program Reservations
  • Reservations are accepted by mail, email, or fax to 203.322.0408
  • Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and can be scheduled through June of the same school year. Please note that our calendar typically fills for the year around the middle of April.
  • Programs are approximately 60 minutes (with the exception of Early Childhood and Preschool programs)
  • Minimum group size is 10 students, with exception of Special Education classes
  • Maximum group size for most programs is 25; programs such as Meet the Animals and planetarium programs can accommodate 45 students
  • We can usually accommodate most special requests or circumstances, please ask!
A confirmation and additional information about your program will be e-mailed to you after your reservation is processed. Please bring it with you; it is your entrance pass. Please pass along the confirmation and additional information to all teachers who will be attending the field trip.

Program Fees
On-site programs fees include both an entrance fee to the museum and a program fee, per guidelines below. We respectfully request that siblings not attend school field trips.

On-site Programs
School/Org. GroupEntrance FeeProgram Fee
Stamford Public Schools PreK-12FREE$70/program hour for all groups
Stamford private schools and private preschools, all non-profit organizations$3/student$70 per program block
All Other Schools$4/student$70 per program block
There is no charge for teachers or chaperones with educational program visits.
SM&NC in the School Programs
School/Org. GroupProgram FeeTravel Fee
Stamford Public Schools$70 per program blockNone
Stamford private schools and private preschools, all non-profit organizations$70 per program blockNone
All Other Schools$70 per program block$30/day travel fee for communities outside a 15-mile radius of the SM&NC

Scholarships and Program Discounts
The SM&NC has limited funding for scholarships and transportation for Title I Schools. Funds can vary each year and can be limited to certain target cities or programs. Please inquire as to whether your school would be eligible.

Schools booking multiple visits with a grade throughout the year or schools that book programs with three (3) or more grades are also eligible for program discounts. For more information, contact Director of Education Lisa Monachelli at

Payment is due, unless otherwise arranged, on the date of your field trip or in-school program. We do accept district purchase orders. Payment can be made via cash, check (payable to SM&NC), or credit card.

Late for a program?
If your group is going to be late, please contact our registrar at 203.977.6521. We will make every attempt to accommodate your group, however, your program may be shortened or forfeited.

Weather-related Cancellations
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center programs are aligned with Stamford Public Schools weather-related closings and delays. You may call the museum at 203.322.1646 and follow the prompts for delay and cancellation information. Schools can also contact Director of Education Lisa Monachelli at or 203.977.6568 to discuss cancellations and reschedules.

Other Cancellations
If a scheduled field trip or in-school program date needs to be changed, please contact Director of Education Lisa Monachelli at or 203.977.6568 as soon as possible. We will try to arrange a new date for you. Schools not showing for scheduled programs, without previous notice, will be billed for their program.

We request that groups provide a minimum of one adult for every ten students.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is open 9 am-5pm Monday-Sunday. On-site programs are scheduled beginning at 9 am. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

The SM&NC is located 3/4 of a mile north of the Merritt Parkway, Exit 35 and six miles north of the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) Exit 7, following signs for Route 137. Please note that buses and commercial vehicles cannot use the Merritt Parkway.
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