Youth Field Trips

School and community field trips are exciting opportunities to introduce youth to The Crucible’s industrial arts community. Through demonstrations by artists and faculty  youth learn about real-world applications of math, science, technology, engineering, art, and even other world cultures and are encouraged to make connections between the arts and science. Crucible staff work closely with educators to ensure field-trips are meaningful and exciting educational experiences.

Group Size Requirements

We accommodate groups of up to 60 youth per hour, and divide them into smaller groups to ensure participants can get up close for a quality experience with each demonstration. The Crucible provides artists and docents in each demonstration area to answer questions or handle any emergencies. Groups must provide adult supervision for their youth groups at a ratio of one adult for each 10 youth, or per small group.

Safety First, Then Fun

Every group begins with a thorough safety discussion and an overview of each area of learning to be demonstrated. Ten demonstration stations are covered in the self-guided tour such as oxyacetylene torch cutting, glass flame working, blacksmithing, welded sculpture, foundry, bicycle arts, glass blowing and jewelry. Each demonstration station focuses on meaningful and exciting educational experiences.

Customizing Field Trips

For an additional cost, The Crucible can provide theme-based demonstrations and field-trips in science or world cultures specific to middle-school students. Contact for more information.

Summer Tours and Field Trips

We are not able to host groups during the Summer, mid June- August, due to our intensive camp programs.

Field Trip Logistics

Days: Three times during the school year; Thursdays in October, February and June
Times: 9, 10 & 11 am; 1,2 & 3 pm
Field Trip Information Line: (510) 444-0919, extension 112
Fax: (510) 444-0918
Address: Crucible Youth Program, 1260 7th Street, Oakland, CA 94607.
(We are just two blocks from West Oakland BART)

Fees,  Deposit & Confirmation

There is no cost to Oakland public schools. For private schools in Oakland or schools outside of Oakland, we charge $7.00 per student. A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to hold your reservation one month in advance. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, checks, school purchase orders or money orders. Please do not send cash. Once we receive your deposit payment, you will receive a confirmation and an invoice for the remaining balance. The remaining balance must be paid to the Crucible on or before the day of your field-trip.

Cancellation Policy

Should you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, you must notify The Crucible at least two weeks prior to your scheduled field trip date. Every effort will be made to reschedule your visit. Groups who cancel within less than two weeks of their scheduled field-trip date will be billed for the full cost of the field trip, which is $7.00 per student. The deposit is non-refundable.


Supportive chaperones help facilitate the visit and keep your group together at all times, helping to ensure a successful field-trip experience. The Crucible requires one adult chaperone for every ten students, or per small group. The Crucible staff cannot be held responsible for any youth in your group at any time.


Groups must come to the Crucible at least 10 minutes before the start of the program. Your group’s experience will be most rewarding if your students have adequate time for our field-trips. We cannot guarantee a full program to groups who arrive late and groups who arrive late will not receive the full field trip experience if you arrive late. Parking is very limited.