Field Trips & Assemblies

Educate, engage and inspire your students on a one-of-a-kind STEAM learning and career exploration field trip to Garner Holt Production! In-person and virtual options available to meet your needs and ensure student, teacher and chaperone safety.

Field Trips & Tours
S.T.E.A.M LEARNING & CAREER EXPLORATION

Garner Holt Productions has been in the business of integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math since 1977. Schools are making the connection that our business is a perfect match for the programs they are implementing. One school principal told us recently that we own the world’s greatest Makerspace! We are certainly pleased that schools and youth groups are working to educate and inspire the students they serve with the work we do.

We offer customizable in-person and virtual field trip options for schools, youth groups and other educational organizations, and for students of all ages. To request a field trip to Garner Holt Productions, Inc., please complete the field trip request form.

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VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE!

Out of an abundance of caution, and at the same time remaining committed to providing students with an engaging and inspiring experience, Garner Holt Productions is now offering Virtual Field Trip options for schools, youth groups and other educational organizations. In light of a changing world and the ultimate importance of keeping students, teachers and chaperones safe, we have developed virtual experiences that bring students inside the world’s greatest makerspace to show them how careers in creative design, engineering, advanced manufacturing, animation, and the visual and performing arts converge to create the illusion of life through animatronics in theme parks everywhere! Don’t let this pandemic affect your commitment to bringing high-quality STEAM learning and career exploration experiences to the students you serve! Contact us to learn more about bringing a virtual tour of GHP and hands-on learning opportunities to your students in the new school year!

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All Virtual Field Trips Include GHP History Video, GHP Virtual Tour, All Required Materials & Live Virtual Instruction.

Choose one hands-on STEAM learning activity from the list below. Each activity emulates unique aspects of the animatronic production process and fosters 21st Century Skills.

Cost: $825.00, plus $7.00* per student
Duration: 2 hours
Minimum Number of Participants: 20
Maximum Number of Participants: 200
Activity Kit Choices:
Robotics & Engineering, Pneumatic Machines, Electrical Circuits, Lifecasting, Sculpting the Human Head, Cranks & Cams, Costuming & Figure Finishing
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Keep the inspiration going after the field trip ends!

Schedule follow-up distance learning sessions days, weeks or months later to continue the magic with additional activity kit choices.
$8.00* per student

*taxes and shipping charges apply
**All workshops require student access to a personal device with internet capability.
We work with schools to ensure students receive all requires materials in advance of their field trip.

IN-PERSON FIELD TRIP OPTIONS

Each of our experiences include a video introduction of the history of Garner Holt Productions, Inc. a guided tour of the animatronics production facility and an animatronic show. Our 3, 4, and 5 hour experiences include hands-on STEAM “Make & Take” learning activities which you can select. These activities are inspired by the work that happens in each of the GHP departments. We customize the activities to the age/grade of your students. Learning activities are designed to be able to be completed individually, however communication & collaboration amongst students is encouraged.

A minimum of 20 student admissions are required to book a trip. Chaperones are required at a ratio of 1 chaperone to every 10 students. Chaperones admission is $20.00 for all field trip experiences.

 

HANDS ON “MAKE AND TAKE” OPTIONS:
ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS, ROBOTICS, PNEUMATICS, HYDRAULICS, SCULPTING, HAIR PUNCHING, & COSTUMING
2-Hour Experience
Includes:
History Video
Guided Tour
Animatronic Show

$20/student

Please consider our 3, 4, and 5 hour options that include hands-on Make and Take Activities
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3-Hour Experience
Includes:
History Video
Guided Tour
Animatronic Show
One (1) Hands-On Make and Take Activity

$28/student
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4-Hour Experience
Includes:
History Video
Guided Tour
Animatronic Show
Two (2) Hands-On Make and Take Activities

$36/student
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5-Hour Experience
Includes:
History Video
Guided Tour
Animatronic Show
Three (3) Hands-On Make and Take Activities
30 Minute lunch break

$44/student
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5-Hour CREATIVE CODING Experience
Includes:
History Video
Guided Tour
Animatronic Show
Creative Coding Lessons
30 Minute lunch break

$52/student
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Pre-trip Preparation

93% of respondents indicate they are VERY SATISIFIED with pre-trip logistical and material preparation.

Student and Chaperone Safety

94% of respondents indicate they are VERY SATISIFIED with safety procedures and protocols on their field trip.

Activities

96% of respondents indicate they are VERY SATISIFIED with the hands-on engineering, design and art activities students completed on their field trip.

Tour Guides

93% of respondents indicate they are VERY SATISIFIED with their tour guide’s ability to give a thorough and informative tour.

Recommendations

98% of respondents indicate they are VERY LIKELY to recommend the Garner Holt Productions, Inc. tour to a colleague or friend.

Field Trips

Educate, engage and inspire your students on a STEAM education and career exploration field trip to Garner Holt Productions. Like no other experience, GHP unlocks the magic behind the creation of animatronics for amusement parks all over the world. Field trips to Garner Holt Productions allow students to explore a wide array of careers in the creative industries, cultivate their curiosity, and experience first-hand the unparalleled synergy animatronics create between technology and the arts. Give your students the gift of wonder as they test the limits of their imaginations with hands-on, engineering, design, art and coding activities. We offer a variety of field trip experiences and can customize for the age, grade, or content area focus of your choice.

Loved by Educators and Students Alike
Infused with inspiration, imagination and mechanical magic, a field trip to Garner Holt Productions is an experience students and educators will never forget!
Help Your Students Find Their Path
With more than 50 careers required to create an animatronic, field trips to Garner Holt productions allow students to observe a wide range professions across the creative industries that might be right for them!
Plan Your Trip to GHP
We are eager to help you plan an experience at GHP that will meet your students’ needs and align with your learning goals. All grades are welcome and we are ready to support you every step of the way.
Unable to join us for a field trip?
We understand there are many reasons why a field trip to Garner Holt Productions may not be possible. Please contact us and it would be our pleasure to talk with you about other engaging and meaningful ways to bring STEAM Learning and Career Exploration to your students, including on-site school assemblies!
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Assemblies

Assemblies are a great way to bring hands-on STEAM learning and career exploration experiences to students without ever leaving school! Inspired by the work of Garner Holt Productions, the leading creator of animatronics found in theme parks all over the world, assemblies immerse students in the story of GHP and the its founder, Garner Holt. Often saying that he would not be where he is today without teachers who supported his creativity and interests, our assemblies leverage Garner’s story and help strengthen the connection students make between what they are learning in school and real world of work applications.

Customizable to any environment, Garner Holt Education through Imagination delivers a world of mechanical magic on your campus through presentations, videos, and hands-on engineering and design activities that students get to keep. Each of the activities emulate an aspect of animatronic production, which truly is a remarkable and engaging way to study each element in the STEAM learning model. And to ensure the experience supports school initiatives, we are able to emphasize and embed grade level learning goals into our programming, including those surrounding 21st Century Professional Skills, which are so important for the work we do every day at Garner Holt Productions.

With the ability to serve groups both small and large, treat your students to a one-of-a-kind experience that will delight their senses of wonder, curiosity, creativity and invention!

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- Available for All Age Groups -
From Kinder to College, Our Field Trips & Assemblies Inspire Like No Other Program
Elementary Students
The mechanical magic and storytelling behind animatronics create the perfect medium to get students’ imagination and creativity working in new and exciting ways. Tapping into the inherent sense of wonder and amazement that students experience when they begin creating the same lifelike movements and effects they observe in animatronic figures is our primary objective when working with elementary school students. In this context, exploring careers across the creative industries becomes implicit because students are not just hearing about the different jobs required to create their favorite animatronic figures, they are doing the very work themselves!
Middle School Students
Consistent with adolescent psychology, our educational emphasis with Middle School Students is supporting the development of a positive and productive self-image as it relates to a beginning sense of personal and professional agency required to set and reach big goals. Sharing Garner’s personal story supports this effort and gives middle school students a tangible, real life example of someone who began his career around the same age they are, and who refused to allow obstacles and setbacks to deter him. Now, through hands-on experiences that require effective communication and collaboration with others, and with the knowledge that they too have what it takes to follow their dreams to their greatest fulfillment, students begin to explore and practice technical skills that they can clearly see lead to the jobs and careers required to create animatronics and so much more.
High School Students
Inspiring and supporting decisions to pursue higher education and post-secondary training, and providing real-world-of-work examples why this is so important, is our primary educational goal with High School Students. We achieve this through hands-on experiences that challenge students to practice their creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking in applied contexts that integrate technical skill development in rigorous and authentic ways. We believe that giving high school students opportunities to practice the kind of sophisticated work that is done at Garner Holt Productions, and to do it a manner that mirrors the interdependent nature of the way projects come to fruition there, is the best way to making learning relevant and connected to a much bigger picture of 21st century workforce they will one day join and help to create.
Post-Secondary Students
Creating the conditions for highly engaging, student driven learning opportunities is the educational goal when working with students at the Post-Secondary level. This requires pushing students to consider what they already know and are able to do, and then providing enough space for experimentation, prototyping and iteration to occur so what seems impossible becomes reality and the unimaginable comes to life. It’s in this intersection of innovation and entrepreneurship that Garner Holt Productions exists, and it is the place where we hope to inspire students to see themselves as they rapidly approach the beginning of their careers.
Exposure to Dozens of Careers

Research shows that students’ reported levels of engagement with their learning and sense of hope for the future are stronger indicators of future success than any standardized test scores or GPA. What better way to positively affect these outcomes than by bringing students face-to-face with careers that tap into, and help them discover, interests, talents and passions for work they could ultimately see themselves doing for the rest of their lives.

Request a Field Trip
Complete our online field trip request form and we will provide a quote that meets your needs
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Secure your Field Trip Date
Submit a 50% deposit, or pay in full, to reserve your Garner Holt Productions experience.
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Receive our Confirmation Letter
We will provide a confirmation letter detailing the specifics and logistics of your trip, tailored to meet your needs.
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Let the Fun Begin!
Get excited for your visit! We will see you on the day of your trip!
FAQs

How do I book my field trip to Garner Holt Productions?

Field trips can be booked by completing our digital field trip request form found on our website. Once we receive your request we will contact you to discuss the preferred field trip dates indicated on your request form. Once field dates has been offered and agreed upon, you can secure this date on the calendar with a 50% deposit. The balance for your field trip will be due 30 days prior to attending.

Is transportation included in the price of the field trip?

Although we are more than happy to advise on transportation considerations ahead of your fieldtrip, transportation itself is not included in the cost of the field trip and is the responsibility of the visiting school or organization to secure.

Do field trips include lunch?

Field trips can absolutely be designed to include a lunchtime for students. Although we do not provide lunches ourselves, field trips that include a lunchtime allow students to eat lunches they bring for themselves or that wish to provide them. Please inquire about scheduling lunch for your students at the time of booking.

What if we cannot meet the minimum student count?

Although we typically require a minimum of 25 students and 2 chaperones for each fieldtrip, we hope you will discuss your specific situation with us if the group you wish to bring is smaller than this.

Do your facilities and programs support special needs students?

We welcome all students and chaperones on field trips to Garner Holt Productions. At the time of booking you will be able to provide us with any necessary information should any attending students or adults require special accommodations or considerations while on the field trip.

Can parents attend with students?

Parents may absolutely attend field trips to Garner Holt Productions so long as they have been cleared and approved by the visiting school to accompany the group as a chaperone, and that a chaperone admission has been paid in advance.

Can chaperones bring their own children?

Chaperones may absolutely bring their own children on a field trip to Garner Holt Productions so long as they have been cleared and approved by the visiting school to accompany the group, and that a student admission has been paid in advance.

Are field trips offered on weekends or holidays?

Field trips are typically scheduled on Monday-Friday during the regular school year and summer. If you require a weekend or holiday field trip booking please indicate this on your field trip request form and we are happy to discuss options and make accommodations if possible.

What if I have to cancel my field trip with fewer than 30 days prior to the scheduled date?

We completely understand that issues from time to time that may require you to cancel your scheduled field trip. Therefore, cancellations that occur fewer than 30 days prior to the scheduled field trip forfeit only the 50% deposit made to secure the date at the time of booking. All other fees may be refunded or credited for a future trip.

What are my field trip payment options?

We are able to accept a Purchase Order, company check or company credit card for both the deposit and balance for your Garner Holt Productions field trip.

How many different interests, talents and passions are represented in your classroom? Treat your students to an experience at Garner Holt Productions that shows them how to pursue a career of their dreams! At Garner Holt Productions your students will observe engineers, artists, manufacturers and technicians performing jobs in the following career fields…
  • Concept Art and Character Development
  • Programming & Coding
  • 3D Design & Modeling
  • Costuming & Sewing
  • Airbrushing & Painting
  • Animation & Storyboarding
  • Engineering & Building
  • Machining & Welding
  • Sculpting & Plastics
  • Mold Making and Silicone
  • Synthetic hair, teeth, nails and eyes
  • Carpentry and Set Building
  • Pneumatics and Electrical
Field Trips
Request a Field Trip for your Organization

Treat your students to the most magical field trip around! Inspire and excite them with a STEAM Education and Career Exploration experience like no other.

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Assemblies
Request an Assembly for your Organization

Tired of fussing with bussing? Let us come to you with a one-of-a-kind, interactive and hands-on S.T.E.A.M careers school assembly!

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The most exciting thing about Garner Holt Productions is the validation it provides to more creative students. I saw my students' horizons broadened right before my eyes. They also loved knowing this amazing facility is right here in San Bernardino

Leslie B.
High School Teacher

This truly was unlike anything I'd ever seen before! It was enlightening! I had always been curious about how animatronics work and I learned that during my visit. Thank you!! OH, and I actually got a chance to shake hands with Garner Holt himself!! Thank you again for the opportunity you provided me as well as my 6th graders! We truly appreciated it and found it memorable!!

Carmen S.
Elementary Teacher

The girls in my Troop loved the tour. The girls talked all the way home on all the stuff they got to see and all the stuff the learned it was an amazing opportunity for them. Thank you for the learning experience.

Tammie W.
Girl Scout Leader

The professionalism, knowledge, and enthusiasm of the GHP staff enhanced the experience for teachers, parents, and students. I appreciated the opportunities for students to independently problem-solve during the hands-on activities.

Allen G.
Special Education Teacher

The Garner Holt field trip was the ultimate demonstration of what S.T.E.A.M. is supposed to be about. If more schools and districts could see how multiple disciplines interrelate in the real world, perhaps then we could change the way education is being delivered to our students for the better. Garner Holt and companies like it show proof as to why we should fight to keep “shop” classes in our high schools. The skills gained in those classes are the same skills needed to succeed across all industries.

Ben N.
Academy Director

GHP is such a creative, stimulating workplace! I appreciated the opportunity for students to learn about fun, fulfilling jobs where they don’t necessarily need a traditional college education. The focus on learning, creating, and following their passions was a wonderful lesson for the kids.

Elizabeth F.
Parent Chaperone
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