Preparing for Your Visit

While at HudsonAlpha, please actively monitor your students and help them have the best experience possible. Supportive chaperones who can quickly and quietly handle any minor disruptions will ensure that HudsonAlpha educators can focus completely on making your experience exceptional for your entire group.

Chaperones are encouraged to ask questions and model appropriate behaviors for the students.

A bus driver who would like to take advantage of grant funding for a paid lunch must be present in the Teaching Lab and actively engage as a chaperone throughout the experience.

All students are provided with a lab coat, goggles, and gloves to use when necessary. The Teaching Lab is equipped with safety equipment found in all HudsonAlpha laboratory spaces, and employees are trained for emergencies. We also have an on-site police officer and EMT.

For your protection, visitors to our lab space are asked to wear closed-toe shoes. Those with long hair should have a way to secure it. Food and drinks are not allowed in the lab space, but can be left in a designated area outside of the lab.

Notify a HudsonAlpha employee immediately in the event of injuries, spills, damaged equipment, or other accidents.

Please let us know if any student and/or chaperone has any allergies or needs accommodations.

It is important to remind students that HudsonAlpha is a place of business. Visitors and guests of the Institute are  expected to respect the space, employees, and other guests at all times. Please remind your students that they must move through the public areas of the Institute quietly and without running.

Inside the Teaching Lab, students are encouraged to ask questions, make connections, and actively participate in discussions. In order to make the experience enjoyable for every student, cell phone usage during the experience is not allowed – however, we do provide the opportunity for photos to be taken, time permitting.

In the event that students become overly disruptive or refuse to follow instructions from HudsonAlpha employees, groups may be asked to leave the premises.

In the event of inclement weather, HudsonAlpha will follow the decisions of Huntsville City Schools (HCS). When HCS announces school closures or early dismissals due to inclement weather, HudsonAlpha will also cancel programming. In the event that HCS is not in session, HudsonAlpha personnel will review available information to determine if programs should be canceled.

Field trips will be held in the Sheppard and McCrary Teaching Labs in the Paul Propst Center. We will send your group detailed parking instructions and a map prior to arrival. The address is: 800 Hudson Way Huntsville, Alabama 35806

When you arrive, a HudsonAlpha educator will meet you outside and direct you into the building. Groups are not permitted to enter HudsonAlpha more than 15 minutes prior to your experience. If your group arrives more than 15 minutes early, please remain in your vehicle(s). Due to security procedures, a HudsonAlpha employee must escort guests at all times.

Cummings Research Park and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology are a tobacco-free environment. Please refrain from any consumption of tobacco during your visit to HudsonAlpha.