Chumash Indian Museum


                   School Field Trips





The Chumash Indian Museum will begin scheduling field trips for 2015/2016 starting July 2015*.  

The Chumash Indian Museum offers students the rich history of the Chumash people.  Students travel back in time, beginning with the extensive museum exhibits, continuing to the game field where they play the game Ma'pon (rabbit game) and visit the 'Aps (houses).  The two and one half hour program includes stories and songs of the Chumash people.

*Due to the popularity of our Program it is recommended that you book your field trip as soon as possible, when the booking opens (July 2015) for the new term.

Program Requirements:

The 2 1/2 hour program is from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. It is recommeded for schools to arrive 15 minutes ahead of time for orientation and lunch pick-up. 

There is a 25 student requirement unless other arrangements have been made.

Lunch 12:00 p.m. (students bring their own lunches)

Program Fee:

  • $6.00 per student without the Craft
  • $8.00 per student with the Craft (Chumash Stick Dice Game)** explanation below
  • There is no fee for teachers/aids
  • There is a $6.00 fee for each chaperone (parent)
  • A nonrefundable $50.00 deposit is required at least 2 weeks prior to the date of your tour.  Full payment must be made on the day of the field trip (unless previous arrangements have been made).  Your deposit is your confirmation.  Receipts are available upon request
  • Field Trip date must be confirmed at least 4 weeks before date of Field Trip
  • Our Gift Shop is open for student shopping with school approval. Items priced from $0.50-$10.00

Please check with bus drivers ahead of time if there are time constraints that prevent the program from concluding at 1:00. 

This past term several schools found out, only after arriving at the museum, that they had to return to the bus almost an hour before the scheduled end of the field trip, thereby cutting the 2 1/2 hour program down to a rushed 1 1/2 hour presentation.

All buses are required to park in the designated school bus parking area only, no exceptions. The bus parking space can easily hold 2 of the largest buses (photos can be provided).  Children cannot unload/load in the museum parking lot for insurance and safety reasons. 

All bus drivers will be reported to their superiors if they do not comply with museum policy, again no exceptions.

Please advise your bus drivers when scheduling the field trip of our terms.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


**Chumash Stick Dice Game  (this game replaces the rock painting of previous years)

Each student is given two 5" half-rounds of wood, pictograph sheets and red and black markers.  The student draws the pictographs of their choice on the round side only, leaving the flat side blank.  Two players sit across from each other and the first player tosses the stick dice onto the table/ground.  The painted side counts as a point and the flat blank side counts as zero.  If 1 painted and 1 blank side is up that would count as 1 point.  If 2 painted sides are up that counts as 2 points and so on.  This version can be played alone or with a friend as taught at the museum.  The teacher is given an instruction sheet and a pictograph sheet to expand the game into a more mathmatically difficult version involving more game sticks and the addition of counter sticks.

To book a field trip and for detailed information call or e-mail:


(805) 492-8076



3290 Lang Ranch Parkway

Thousand Oaks, California 91362

Photography by Karen Quincy Loberg

Photos by special permission of North Park Elementary School of Santa Clarita

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