Category: Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the field trip start and end?

Generally speaking, all field trips begin between 8:30 – 9:00 AM depending on travel time. Full-day field trips end between 1:45 – 2:15 PM and half-day field trips end between 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM. We understand bus restrictions and travel time can sometimes be an issue. Please let us know if you need to adjust your arrival and/or departure time, and we will try our best to accommodate your needs.

What is the cost of a field trip?

All Southern Research field trips are free! Field trip opportunities are made possible through support from the State of Alabama.

Where are the field trips hosted?

We host field trips at Southern Research in our STEM Education Outreach Center, located at 2000 9th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205.

How many field trips can I request in a single school year?

Our funding enables us to serve the entire state of Alabama, thus we must limit field trip requests to one request per teacher per year. If you would like to bring more students, please collaborate with other teachers from your school. You may also submit additional requests that we can put on our waitlist, and if we have availability, we will reach out to you. 

How do I request a field trip to Southern Research?

Please fill out the request form and you will receive a confirmation email from our STEM team within 24 hours. Please note this form is a request for that date and field trip experience, and it does not lock in your reservation until you receive official confirmation from our STEM team.

Who is eligible to attend field trips offered at Southern Research?

We provide field trip experiences for 6th – 12th grade students here at Southern Research. Unfortunately, we cannot host K-5 students at our facility due to safety concerns. But, we love engaging with eager, young future scientists and engineers! To see what we offer for K-5 students, check out our Elementary School tab for more information.