School Group FAQs

Registration

What days and times are Field Trips offered?
We offer our 90-minute In-Person Field trips on Wednesdays from  10:30-noon and on Thursdays from 10:30-noon. ET.
We offer our 60-minute Virtual Design Field Trips in two different time slots on Tuesdays: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET.

How much do Field Trips cost?
Nothing! Both the virtual and in-person Design Field Trip programs are free of charge.

How many students can you accommodate?
We can accommodate a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 30 students. We require that at least 1 classroom teacher be present with no more than 5 total chaperones during the Design Field Trip. If your group requires a smaller group size, please contact tours@cooperhewitt.zendesk.com.

Can I register more than one class?
You can register up to two classes.

How far in advance should I register?
Registration must be done at least three weeks in advance. We only take weekday reservations.

What happens after I make my reservation request?
Your reservation request will be reviewed within seven business days. A confirmation email will be sent to you noting the program date and start time. You’ll receive additional information closer to your program date with a Zoom link for virtual programming and reminders for in-person visits.

What to Expect in your Field Trip

In-Person:

How long is the Field Trip?
The field trip takes place over the course of 90 minutes: 45 minutes is designated for an in-gallery tour and 45 minutes is dedicated to a hands-on workshop in the design studio (not necessarily in that order).

When should we plan to arrive?
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your field trip.

What should students bring with them on the Field Trip?
Students do not need to bring any additional items with them on the Field Trip. All necessary supplies will be provided. Should students have additional belongings with them when they arrive (i.e., backpacks, coats, lunchboxes, etc.), they will be stored in designated bins throughout the duration of the Field Trip.

Will there be a place for students to eat lunch after?
There is no guaranteed space within the museum to accommodate the class group for eating lunch. However, on days in which the garden is open to the public, classes are welcome to eat their lunch in that space, weather permitting and at the discretion of the teacher. Should classes choose to remain in the garden, Cooper Hewitt educators are not responsible for students after the designated field trip time ends.

Virtual:

How long is the Virtual Field Trip?
The field trip takes place over the course of 60 minutes: approximately 30 minutes is designated for design exploration and 30 minutes is dedicated to a hands-on activity.

What platforms and technology will we use for our Virtual Field Trip?
All program participants—teachers and students—will need to use Zoom to participate in our virtual Design Field Trips. We are unable to accommodate alternative platforms. Cooper Hewitt will provide a Zoom link prior to your field trip. It is the teacher/field trip coordinators’ responsibility to share the Zoom link with the appropriate students and staff.

What supplies will students need to participate?
Students will need a piece of scrap paper and a writing tool. Students can still participate if a piece of paper and a writing tool is not available. All they need is their creativity and imagination.

When should we plan to join the call?
Please plan to join the call 15 minutes prior to the time of your Virtual Field Trip. That way, you can test any technology and be sure that everything is set up correctly. Your educator for the field trip will also be on the call early and happy to assist where possible.

Accessibility

Is the in-person Field Trip wheelchair accessible?
Yes. All of the onsite facilities at Cooper Hewitt are wheelchair accessible. Please inform us in advance of any physical accommodations that your students might need so that we can be prepared to provide them with the best possible experience.

What if my students require other special accommodations?
On your reservation request, please indicate special accommodations and information about your group/students in your group so we can provide the most successful experience for all participants. Learn more about Cooper Hewitt’s accessibility services.

How can I prepare my students for their visit?
To prepare students for what they can expect during their visit, please feel free to make use of our In-Person Social Story and our Virtual Social Story, which walks students through step by step what they can anticipate throughout their experience.

Our Design Pre-Visit Video prepares students before their Design Field Trip with a basic understanding of how Cooper Hewitt Educators talk about design. We encourage educators to show this video to their classes prior to their visit to encourage discussion and spark creativity.

Health + Safety

Our COVID-19 policies and procedures are subject to change as we follow national guidance from the CDC and local health officials.

What hygiene protocols are in place?
Hand sanitizer will be available in our classroom spaces. Cooper Hewitt staff will conduct regular cleanings of our classroom spaces.

For all other health & safety concerns, please visit the main Cooper Hewitt FAQ page.