Science Field Trip Opportunities

The departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology, together with the Office of Public Engagement and the Faculty of Science and in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, are happy to announce the continuance of a relatively new initiative focused on hands-on science field trip opportunities in the laboratories at Memorial University.

Teaching students

Over the past two years, the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry have been diligently working on the development of a public engagement opportunity for school-aged children and are pleased to welcome the Department of Biology in the upcoming installment of this program.

This year we would like to invite schools with students at the Grade 8 level to visit the laboratories at Memorial University for an educational and interactive laboratory experience in the Spring of 2019.

For the information of teachers, this program will run from April 29, 2019 – May 31, 2019 and offers a complimentary experiential, 2-2.5-hour learning opportunity for students at the Grade 8 level, which has been designed to support current curricula outcomes as identified through consultation with local school teachers and administrators at the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District.

Registration is now closed for the spring 2019 session! 

Teaching studentsThe field trips will involve students and teachers making visits to Memorial University to experience hands-on extraction of DNA/protein from foods and measuring protein activity in the Department of Biochemistry.

The Department of Chemistry will see students performing an experiment involving the dissolution of aluminum foil in a solution and the resultant precipitation and isolation of copper metal from the solution.

The newest addition to the program involves the Department of Biology, who is currently in the development stages of engaging laboratory activities that align with current curricula outcomes.

In addition to these hands-on interactive challenges, students will also enjoy department tours and exciting demonstrations with the departments involved.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when will the field trips take place?

These field trips will be taking place at MUN Biochemistry, Chemistry and Biology labs during the month of May. Please note that exact dates will be posted on our registration page early in January 2019.

What is the cost for this field trip?

There is no cost for the visits to the labs. However, schools are responsible for their own student transportation.

How many students can be accommodated per trip and how will it work?

The field trips will be able to accommodate a maximum of 150 students at a time with students broken into lab groups of approximately 25 students. Several labs groups will spend their visit in the Department of Chemistry, others in Biochemistry and still others in Biology. With the lab experience particular to the department in which each group visits, all visits are designed as hands-on experiences which align with Junior High curriculum outcomes.

Who attends the field trips?

The intent is for all students in Grade 8 from a particular school to have the opportunity to take part in the field trips to MUN, which means a school may be required to book more than one day to accommodate all their students. Please note that supervision for the visit is expected with at least one teacher (or parent volunteer) required per 25 students.

What time will we need to arrive?

The preferred arrival time will be between 8:30 – 9:30 am. However, it is realized that based on normal hours of operation and schedules of individual schools as well as lengthy travel times for schools outside of the St. John’s /Mount Pearl area, there may be a need for flexibility in start times.

Can I specify a preferred department for our visit?

For schools with smaller numbers of students, there will be some option with respect to the department you wish to visit. For schools with larger numbers of students, in order to accommodate your school visit in a minimal number of days, different groups of 25 students will visit different departments. The department that a particular teacher would like to visit with their group of 25 students will be decided by the school individually.

Are the labs at MUN fully accessible?

MUN and their labs are wheelchair accessible for students.

Please send any inquiries to


Faculty of Science

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000