Field Trips

IVDM offers field trips for schools, scout groups, camps, birthday parties, etc. throughout the year. Field trips are designed to meet grade level specific curriculum standards through engaging, hands-on experiences in history, arts, and science.


Contact the Education Coordinator:

(760) 358-7016

IVDM Education Programing.pdf 

Field Trip Modules

Our field trips are broken down into 3 components based on grade specific curriculum.  Students are put in three groups and rotate through all of the modules.  We are open to additional suggestions or requests by teachers to personalize your field trip experience.

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Students are led on a short walk on museum grounds.  One of our most popular modules, students explore the desert, learning about geology, the desert, and adaptation by plants, animals, and people.



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Students explore the traditional art of making pottery using the paddle and anvil method.  This method has been used by the Kumeyaay and other Native Americans in the southwest for over 1,000 years.  Teachers should note: students do NOT take home their work.



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Students learn about life on the shoreline of Lake Cahuilla through our interactive object theater: a diorama where they will watch the lake fill and recede, discover the desert is a toolbox, and see how Native Americans adapted to live in the Imperial Valley both with and without the lake's presence.



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All photographs taken by IVDM staff or used with permission by Joselito Villero and Michael Field. All rights reserved.2014.