Students having success in a LIGO classroom

School Tours/Field Trips

Onsite field trips reservations are full for the 2024 academic year.

We expect to open up next academic year's reservations this summer.

LIGO in Livingston Louisiana offers field trips on a daily basis Tuesday - Friday.  LIGO's Science Education Center is a unique field trip opportunity that allows students to interact with scientists and engineers doing real science, and to experience hands on science through our interactive exhibit hall.

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Vacuum packing

Time:  Field trips vary in length from 2 -  3 1/2 hours.  During the summer we only offer 2 hour field trips.

  • 2 hour field trips consist of a tour and time visiting our exhibit hall which consists of 50 interactive science exhibits (a mini-science museum)!
  • 3 - 3 1/2 hour field trips consist of the tour,  exhibit hall time, classroom activity  & time to eat lunch if across lunch time.  Choice of classroom activities are listed in the field trip form.

Cost:  There is no cost (yes, the field trip experience is FREE)

Lunches:  Students/Schools & adults must bring their own lunches with them to LIGO as there are no facilities to buy lunches on-site!!!

Number of students:  We can currently accommodate up to 96 students on one day for a field trip with classroom activity, although many days are limited to 64 students (it is staff dependent).  You can request as many as three days.  If more capacity is needed we can get up to 120 students in a day if we break the day into morning and afternoon sessions (no classroom activity).


  • We have limited capacity.  We recommend 1 adult (teachers or chaperones) per 15-30 children.
  • Masking may be required, but we provide masks.  Masks must be surgical style or better (cloth masks are not acceptable). 
  • BUSES MUST REMAIN ON SITE DURING THE FIELD TRIP.  LIGO Livingston is in a remote location & we are sensitive to vibrations, therefore for the safety of the children and for in order to keep LIGO's instrument working well, buses MUST remain on-site at LIGO while the school-children are at LIGO.
  • Fill out a field trip form.  The earlier you fill it out the better!  LIGO's field trip spots fill up quickly
  • Teachers who attended this past summer's teacher workshops get priority scheduling as long as they submit their requests by October 1st. If you did not attend a workshop this past summer, then you should still submit, but if you are requesting a date that is after Oct. 15 2023, then we will not process your request until October. 
  • When scheduling field trips, We give priority to teachers seeking to schedul in the following order:  Recent teacher workshop attendees, past teacher workshop attendees, the earliest requests. 
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Students exploring an exhibit


For current availability check out this calendar.  Please note that the calendar is just a guide - as it does not reflect the most recently booked dates.

When filling out the field trip form use the comment box if you need to let us know something, or want to ask us something! 

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