Tel: (623) 322-2001

17835 N 44th Street,  Phoenix, AZ 85032 US

How do we schedule a field trip?

Fill out our Field Trip Request Form:  HERE

Can I pay with a PO from my school? 

Yes. You can find more information on payment options on the reservation policy page.

Reservation Policy Page PDF

My Class is larger than the 32 student occupancy of the mission?  Does that mean we can't do a Simulated Mission?  

You can absolutely still do a mission.  We offer our EVA program to help.  While one group is on the mission, a Challenger Flight Director can hold a secondary workshop for those left behind.  These programs are at a discounted rate, as our thank you for taking part in our Mission Program. 


Please have three dates in mind when booking your field trip.  Also it helps if we know what time will work best for you. 

When do you we need to book?
Some parts of the year are busier than others, therefore the amount of time you should register in advance will vary. 

To book a field trip for the fall, you should book as soon as school starts.   

Extremely popular times, such as late April and May often book completely several months in advance.  For this reason, we strongly advise placing your reservations as early as possible for the best selection of available dates and times.

When is the Challenger busiest?

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are typically our most popular days throughout the school year.  

Field trip FAQ for Teachers



Is there parking space for our bus? 

Yes, there is parking space available in the south lot, as well as a designated drop off area. Your bus driver is invited to come and see the center while waiting for your students.

What about lunch? 

Students to eat their sack lunches. Teachers and educators can include reserving lunch space for their students when making a reservation.

What happens when we get there? 

When a school group arrives at the Challenger they are met by one of our Flight Directors. A field trip to the Challenger Space Center is a hosted experience. A Flight Director will direct your students to the correct rooms. 

How can I best prepare my students to get the most from their experience at the Challenger?

Teacher Tool Kits
Each mission has a Teacher Tool Kit with documents to assist you in preparing your student astronauts and picking crew assignments.  

You can find these Tool Kits on each of our Mission Pages.

Rendezvous with a Comet

Voyage to Mars

Return to the Moon

Have a question this FAQ doesn't answer? 

Contact our Education Liaison at: 623-322-2020 or email at:

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