Youth and Education

The goal of each HORNET educational program is to use the unique, stimulating environment of this historic aircraft carrier to teach science and history concepts in an interesting, interactive, fun manner. Each program features a theme-based tour of the ship with hands-on activities. For the maximum experience of what the Hornet Museum offers try one of the overnight stays.

Please note: Homeschools & Scout Groups Qualify for Field Trip Rates

Questions: Contact: EDU@USS-Hornet.org

The Hornet creates a great reference for my students to understand how the science, math, and engineering they are learning are applied in real life! – Nathan Haley, Stockton CA

 

 

 

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Field Trip at Sea

Grades K-12

Docent-led tours highlighting Hornet’s history and the Apollo missions

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Classroom Splashdown!

Grades K-12

Hornet inside the Classroom! Have one of our knowledgeable docents speak to your group or class.

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Step into History

Grades 8-12

20th Century American History (day tour) grades 8-12. Learn U.S. history while visiting five different historical stations onboard

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Passport to History

Grades 2-5

Experience life as a USS Hornet Sailor!

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STEM to Stern Sr.

Grades 9-12

Station Tours and Activities (day program)

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STEM to Stern Junior

Grades K-8

Station Tours and Hands-On Science Labs (day program)

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STEM Youth Summer Camp

Grades 3-5

2017 STEM Summer Day Camp dates available soon!

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Youth Overnight

Grades K-12

The ultimate overnight experience for Scouts and Youth Groups!

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Night Ops STEM Youth Overnight

Grades k-12

An Unforgettable Night of STEM Learning.

Reservations

To book a school fieldtrip:

Please download the following Tour Tips & Safety Rules (.pdf) to share with your group.

Teacher Information

See below for helpful program and tour information.

Overnights

Spend the Night on the Grey Ghost

Treat your family, youth group, or group of friends to the ultimate overnight adventure on the historic aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Surrounded by vintage and modern aircraft, children and adults experience what it was like to live aboard a floating city. Explore the decks of this famous World War II ship from the Captain’s bridge to its Sickbay as you walk in the footsteps of astronauts and heroes. Hornet is the ship that proudly recovered the first men to walk on the moon, the Apollo 11 and 12 lunar mission astronauts.

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Family & Small Group Live-Aboard

Museum Members: $75/person
Non Members: $100/person

Treat the entire family to the ultimate overnight adventure on the historic aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Surrounded by vintage and modern aircraft, children and adults experience what it was like to live aboard a floating city.

Explore the decks of this famous World War II ship from the Captain’s Bridge to our Sickbay as you walk in the footsteps of astronauts and heroes aboard the ship that proudly recovered the first men to walk on the Moon, the Apollo 11 and 12 lunar mission astronauts.

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Youth Group Live-Aboard

Monday-Thursday: $55/person
Friday: $65/person
Saturday: $75/person

We offer the ultimate overnight experience for Scouts, Youth Groups, and Schools! The ship can sleep 500+ guests in a single night and we accept groups of all sizes!

Spend the night on the USS Hornet as a junior crewmembers and experience the adventure of a lifetime as you explore the ship throughout the evening!

Our program offers discounts for schools and verified youth group non-profits and have tiered pricing available within those discounts to make weekday bookings more affordable for school groups who might consider tying our overnight program with one of our daytime Educational Tours.

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Adult Group Live-Aboard

$100/person

Our overnights are great for adult groups as well! Experience a night of a crewman on the USS Hornet and explore the ship with our expert guides as you see what life was like on board our historic carrier. Explore the decks of this famous World War II ship from the Captain’s Bridge to our Sickbay as you walk in the footsteps of astronauts and heroes aboard the ship that proudly recovered the first men to walk on the Moon, the Apollo 11 and 12 lunar mission astronauts.

FAQs

Can you provide for dietary restrictions?

The caterer for our overnight program can provide vegetarian meals (which we ask our groups to make note of on their roster). We recommend that any people with food allergies, who are gluten-free, or who are lactose intolerant, or require otherwise specialized meals bring their own dinner and breakfast. We have a refrigerator and microwave that can be made available during meal times.

What are the sleeping compartments like?

Our overnight guests get the unique opportunity to sleep in our ship’s original enlisted sleeping compartments! This does mean that it will be very much like group camping in one large room and individual family groups will share a single compartment, though there will be room to spread out.

What do we need to bring?

When you make your deposit, you will receive our General Information Packet (.pdf) which includes a list of items to bring. The most important things to pack, however, are: sleeping bag, pillow, good walking shoes, a water bottle, flashlight, and jacket. Please do not bring any unnecessary electronic items, anything flammable, or any weapons.

Is it alright if some members of our group arrive late/leave early?

Yes! We just ask that your group leader is alerted to all people who need to arrive late or leave early and that this information is relayed to the staff member assigned to your group! We have a Security Desk stationed at the top of the ship’s 2nd gangway who will monitor the door for the duration of the event and make it available to guests as needed.

Can you provide a merit badge workshop for my Boy Scout troop?

Potentially. Our Education Department’s STEM team is currently working on becoming certified BSA instructors. At the moment, they may be able to provide Aviation and Space Exploration merit badge workshops upon advance request but will otherwise be posting workshop information later in the year on our Upcoming Events Calendar page.

To Book a Date

Take a look at our Upcoming Events Calendar! Find a date that your group qualifies for, or a few dates in case the date sells out before your application goes through, and list it on your application.

If you would like to stay aboard on a date not already listed on the Calendar, we do ask that you have a minimum group size of at least 30 guests.

Click on our Online Application to make your reservation!