Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when will the field trips take place?

The field trip visits to MUN Science labs take place in the departments of Biology, Biochemistry and Chemistry and typically take place during the Spring university semester in the months from the end of April to mid-June.

What is the cost associated with the MUN lab field trips?

The aim of the Faculty of Science is to make the MUN lab field trips an opportunity that is open to as many students as possible within the NLESD and therefore the field trip visits are complimentary to all students and teachers. It is important to note, however, that schools are responsible for the cost of their own student transportation to and from MUN.

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

Registration bookings are made for 25 students per lab group within the departments of Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry with each department being able to host a maximum of 2 lab groups per day. As a result, together, the departments of Biology, Biochemistry and Chemistry are able to accommodate a maximum of 150 students per day. Bookings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Junior High School Groups (Grade 8)

For Grade 8 student visits, 25 student groups will visit one of the departments of Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry for a 2 hour lab experience designed as hands-on experiences which align which Junior High curriculum outcomes. The entire visit is planned as a 2.5 hour visit to accommodate the arrival and departure of student groups.

Schools must provide a minimum of one chaperone for each 25 student group.

High School Groups (Level-Three students)

For third-level High School student visits, 25 student groups will visit the labs of two of the departments of Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry for hands-on experiences which align with High School curriculum outcomes. The departments visited by a particular student on the day of the field trip visit must be determined prior to the field trip day by the school coordinator. Students should be currently enrolled in or have completed third-level High School courses for the lab visits for which they are interested. Additionally, tours highlighting the science facilities at MUN as well as registration and advising sessions for academic interests in the Faculty of Science will be made available.

Schools must provide a minimum of one chaperone for each 25 student group.

What are the dates and times for the field trip visits?

All field trip visits take place during the Spring academic university semester (including the end of April to mid-June) with individual dates posted several months prior to the visits and dependent on the academic semester dates at the university in a particular year.

Junior High School Groups

Arrival and departure times may vary based on individual school schedules between 8:30 am – 9:30 am. The specific arrival time for your school group(s) must be indicated at the time of registration. Departure times, and hence bus pick-up times, must be arranged by the school for 2.5 hours following the arrival time.
Important Note: For schools outside the greater metropolitan area and with lengthy travel times, arrival and departure times that vary from that indicated above are possible upon contact with the coordinators of the FOSTER Science program at sciencefieldtrips@mun.ca.

High School Groups (Level-Three students)

Arrival (8:30 am – 9:30 am) and departure times (2:30 pm – 3:30 pm) may vary based on individual school schedules. The specific arrival and departure times for your school group(s) must be indicated at the time of registration.
Important Note: For schools outside of the greater metropolitan area and with lengthy travel times, arrival and departure times that vary from that indicated above are possible upon contact with the coordinators of the FOSTER Science program at sciencefieldtrips@mun.ca.

Can I specify a preferred department for my school visit?

Reservations are booked with respect to a 25 student group. Reservations are on a first come-first serve basis so, depending on availability, there may be some option with respect to the department of choice for your visit. For schools with lager 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 should be decided by the school prior to arrival for the field trip visit.

Are the labs at MUN fully accessible?

MUN and their labs are wheelchair accessible for students. This accommodation can be indicated with respect to a particular 25 student group registration.