​Traveling Scientist FAQs 

 

What do you do/ Who are you?

Where are you located?

What is the fax number?

What is the cost of the school programs?

What is the mileage fee?

Can I cancel my program?

What should the teachers do before the day of the program?

What is the Teaching Schedule?

What time will you be at my school?

How many programs can I schedule in one day?

What type of room is needed by the Traveling Scientist?

How many students should be in one Traveling Scientist presentation?

Do the Traveling Scientist programs need tables?

Does the Traveling Scientist program need a projector screen?

What's the difference between the classroom style program and a large assembly?

How do I know my Traveling Scientist Program is confirmed?

What do you do/ Who are you?

The mission of Inside the Outdoors is to empower students, teachers, parents and the community to explore natural areas and expand their knowledge.

 

Where are you located?

Inside the Outdoors mailing address is 200 Kalmus Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92628. Our office phone number is (714)708-3885.

 

What is the fax number?

The fax number is (714) 649-0162.

 

What is the cost of the school programs?

Click Here to view the current fee schedule for the Inside the Outdoors Field and Traveling Scientist Programs. There are a limited number of grants available through the Inside the Outdoors Foundation. See our New Funding link for more details.

 

What is the mileage fee?

Each Traveling Scientist program is assessed a mileage fee based on the amount of travel required by our staff. Call our office, 714-708-3885, for the current mileage fee for your school or district.

 

Can I cancel my program?
Once your program has been approved/confirmed, a contract is generated with your district/school.  Once the contract has been signed, you can cancel if you give 20 business days notice AND a replacement school can be found to fill you spot.  It is highly recommended that your school not register for a program until you have confirmed the funds/grant for the program.


What should the teachers do before the day of the program?

Verify the program date with the Principal and the school’s master calendar. Complete the Teaching Schedule, mail or fax it to (714) 649-0162 at least four weeks prior to your trip. Reserve a room for the presentation. It is best to have one large room that the Traveling Scientist can use for the entire day. Many of our programs require tables and some use a projection screen. Instruct students in academic preparation. Study Guides for the programs are available online.

 

What is the Teaching Schedule?

The Teaching Schedule tells our Traveling Scientist when each program will be taught and how many students will be in each session. We work with your school schedule, so you can plan your presentations around your recess and lunch. So our Traveling Scientist has time to prepare between classes, it is best to have 15 minutes between classes and a ½ hour lunch break. We limit each program to 40 students, but it is suggested that only one class attend a presentation at a time to allow the students to have the maximum access to the Traveling Scientist hand-on activities. Please fax your Teaching Schedule to (714) 649-0162 at least four weeks prior to your trip

 

What time will you be at my school?

We will arrive at your school at least 30 minutes before the first program scheduled on your Teaching Schedule.

 

How many programs can I schedule in one day?

You can schedule as many presentations that fit into your school's schedule. It is best to have only one class per session with a small break between each session. Your school is charged per student, not per presentation, so smaller numbers of students allow for the maximum access to the Traveling Scientist hand-on activities.

 

What type of room is needed by the Traveling Scientist?

If possible, all presentations should be scheduled for one room. Many schools use the multi-purpose room, a music room or and extra classroom. If your school does not have an extra room for the Traveling Scientist, the next best room set-up would be to have the all the classes rotate through one classroom.

 

How many students should be in one Traveling Scientist presentation?

Your school is charged per student, not per presentation, so smaller numbers of students allow for the maximum access to the Traveling Scientist hand-on activities. We recommend one class per presentation. The maximum per presentation is 40 students.

 

Do the Traveling Scientist programs need tables?

Many of our Traveling Scientist programs have hands-on station activities that require 4-8 tables or desks. The programs that use tables are Eight Legs or Six, Feather Fun, MAD Plants, Magnets are Magnificent, Rockin' Geology, What's the Matter?, Surviving Our Standards, Birds of Prey, and Rain Forest.

 

Does the Traveling Scientist program need a projector screen?

Only three of our programs require a screen, Birds of Prey, Rain Forest, and Project Zero Waste Service Learning.

 

What's the difference between the Traveling Scientist program and a large assembly?

Most of our programs are designed to be a Traveling Scientist classroom style program focused on small groups (one class at a time) and hands on activities. Since these programs are billed per student, it is usually best to have the smaller group presentation. We do offer a Birds of Prey and Amazing Animals assembly which are usually for groups larger than 100. Our assemblies do not have hands-on activities and all of the students may not be able to touch the animals.

 

How do I know my Traveling Scientist program is confirmed?

After you have registered for an Inside the Outdoors program, a contract will be sent to your district office or to the school (if it is a non-public school). A letter of participation and the Traveling Scientist Teaching Schedule will be sent to the contact person for your program via mail. A confirmation email is also sent once the program is booked. The final confirmation of your program is when the contract has been signed by the district, the principal signs the letter of participation and your schedule is received by Inside the Outdoors. ​​​​