Field Trip FAQs

Field trips are available for groups of 10 – 32 students in grades 6 – 12.

Please visit the HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach website to complete the field trip request form or join the waitlist.

Field trips are scheduled between September and May. Experiences last between 1.5 hours and 5.5 hours, depending on the grade level and activities selected. Groups are usually scheduled to arrive at 9:00 AM.

The Teaching Lab has a capacity of up to 32 students and 3 chaperones.

1.5 -2.5 hours – $150 for up to 32 students

3 hours or more – $300 for up to 32 students

Public schools in the state of Alabama may qualify for grant funding. This grant will cover the cost of a field trip, which includes laboratory supplies and catered box lunches for up to 32 students and 3 chaperones. 

To qualify for funding, a minimum lab time of 3 hours is required for middle school groups and 4 hours for high school groups. There is a limited amount of funding available to public schools in the state of Alabama for each school year. Once funding is exhausted, schools can still schedule field trips at cost.

A catered boxed lunch is provided at a cost of $11.25 per lunch. This includes a sandwich or wrap, chips, a cookie, and water. We also provide alternate meal options for those with dietary restrictions (vegetarian, gluten free, etc.).

We will reserve a space for your group to eat if your group is on campus for lunch time. Catered boxed lunches are delivered to the reserved space, or you can elect to bring your own lunches. 

Groups are not permitted to order food to the Institute or to visit the on-campus bistro due to time and space limitations.

Yes! Groups may take pictures and video outside the Institute. While inside, pictures and video are allowed in designated places. The staff of HudsonAlpha will inform you of area(s) where photography and video is allowed.

Taking photos and video in prohibited areas of the building may result in being asked to leave the Institute.

HudsonAlpha will invoice the school the day after your field trip experience has occurred. If you would like to pay prior to, or at the time of your experience, please contact Education Outreach at

Cancellations of field trips must be made as soon as possible. Cancellations made less than 4 weeks before the event, for reasons other than inclement weather or emergency, may result in the loss of funding for future field trips.

Cancellations less than 48 hours before the event or no shows, except in the case of inclement weather or emergency, may result in your group being charged the full price of the experience, including the cost of lunches if applicable. Please contact to cancel your experience.

In the event of severe weather, please let us know as soon as you are aware of the need to cancel. The safety of you and your students is our primary concern, and we will attempt to reschedule your experience, pending scheduling and staff availability. Please contact to cancel your experience.

Yes. However, grant funding for Alabama public schools will only cover the cost of a single field trip(up to 32 students and 3 chaperones) per teacher, per school year. Additional field trips will be at cost, and subject to availability.

Click below for more information about how field trips support the Alabama Course of Study.

Middle School Field Trip COS Alignment

High School Field Trip COS Alignment

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