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For Educators

Resources for Teachers

GCV&M has staff and resources to enhance your teaching experience. We host summer professional development seminars, offer tailored lesson plans to compliment your experience, have access to primary source material from our collection, and at times can cover on-site and classroom experiences with limited grant funding. For questions or more information, contact

Teachers looking to make a site-visit in preparation for, or to assist in the planning of, a field trip or program receive free admission on day-time Museum admission! Please let us know you’ll be coming by emailing and be prepared to show a school ID or badge at the Admissions Booth. 

Summer Teacher Workshops

In the Summer of 2024 we will offer FREE, half day teacher workshops focused on history, art, and science. Educators will learn about ways to incorporate GCV&M’s collection, historic village, and nature center into their curriculum.


Grant Funding

Various generous donors allow GCV&M to offer limited grant funding to schools that meet certain qualifications. All grant funding is limited, and is offered first-come, first-served.  

For the 2024-2025 School Year:

  • FREE admission and transportation for RCSD public and public charter schools.
    • This is limited to 2 programs per grade. A program is a field trip to the museum OR an in-classroom moveable.
  • FREE admission for schools who have a 50% or more economically disadvantaged student population
    • This is limited to 2 field trips to the museum, per grade. 
    • This cannot be used for in-classroom moveables.
  • FREE 30-minute art gallery enrichment, “Framing Nature” or “Framing History” for ANY school group grades 6-12.
    • This can be paired with either of the grant options above when using it for a field trip to the museum.

Contact to learn more.


Does my school qualify for grant funding?

Various generous donors allow GCV&M to offer grant funding to schools that meet certain qualifications. All RCSD schools, including public charters, are eligible for free student admission and transportation. Any rural/suburban school district where 50% or more students qualify for free/reduced lunch is also eligible for free student admission. Each teacher at qualifying schools can use these grants for two programs per academic year.

How much do parent chaperones have to pay?

The cost of chaperone admission is $13/individual. Chaperones will pay upon arrival at the admissions tunnel – do not collect their payment in advance. If you bring an EBT card and ID you are eligible for $3 admission.

How many parent chaperones can we bring?
  • This varies depending on the type of program. On a regular, non-guided, field trip day we recommend a 1:10 staff/chaperone to student ratio. For guided field trips – there will be a set number of chaperone spots available.
How do we contact First Student for bussing?

You need to fill out the bus order form in your main office and put GCV&M down as the person to bill. Specific contact information for First Student is: William Simpson, Rochester First Student, 1-585-288-8080.

What should my students wear?

 It is important to dress for the weather, as all of our programs have outdoor portions that take place rain or shine.

Can we eat lunch at the Museum?

Yes, we recommend bringing lunch for your students to enjoy while at the Museum. Upon arrival you will receive a lunch location where you can both store your lunches and eat. On busy days, lunch times will be assigned by the Museum.

Will the Museums restaurants and gift shop be open?

Retail locations will be open Wednesday – Sunday from May 6th until October 9th. The Museum Store may be open on select days throughout the off season. Click here to learn more. 

What are enrichments?

Enrichments are ½ hour activities that cost an additional $4 per student. They allow students to engage in hands on historical activities. The extra cost of enrichments can not be covered by grant funding. Enrichments must be booked at the time of registration.

Where is the Nature Center?

The Nature Center is located to the right of the Museum, just before the first two parking bays. You will see a turn-off to the right at this location; turn in there and pull up to the Nature Center Loop for student drop-off and check-in.

What is my role as the lead teacher?

The lead teacher is responsible for collecting student payment, presenting a final headcount upon arrival, communicating with GCV&M about any changes to your confirmation, and receiving and distributing materials from the museum upon arrival (maps, schedules, etc.). We also recommend the lead teacher gives their cell phone number to all parent chaperones and bus drivers to facilitate communication.

Who counts as school staff?

All necessary teachers, aides, nurses, and bus drivers count as school staff and are admitted at no charge. Parent chaperones do not count as school staff.

Are these programs available for homeschool groups?

Yes, homeschool groups may sign up, as school groups, for any regular, non-guided field trip day.  Parents pay the reduced chaperone fee. Additionally, we offer specific homeschool theme days throughout the year. Click here to learn more about Homeschool Programs at GCV&M. 

If a student’s parents have a Museum membership – can that student be admitted for free?

Thank you for being a Museum Member! In the instance of school programs, all students must pay regardless of membership status.