Youth Field Trips

During a 90-minute self-guided and interactive tour, youth witness demonstrations by artists and industry experts in twelve different areas, including Glass Flameworking, Glass Blowing, Welding, Blacksmithing, Jewelry, Foundry, Bicycles, Neon, Woodcarving, and Torch Cutting.

A Crucible field trip supports learning in mathematics, science, art, and world cultures. Students witness firsthand how artists and makers are creating the objects that surround us and learn about the processes, tools, materials, and applications of industrial arts.

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Upcoming Field Trip Days

All Crucible Field Trips Days are postponed due to concerns around public gatherings during COVID-19. We will keep this page updated as things develop.

Start Times: 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Location: 1260 7th Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (two blocks from West Oakland BART). Groups must arrive at least 10 minutes before the field trip starts. Your experience will be the most rewarding if your students have adequate time. Parking is very limited.

Group Size: We accommodate up to 60 youth per group, dividing them into smaller groups to ensure a quality experience at each demonstration. There are artists and docents in each area to answer questions or handle any emergencies. However, groups must provide adult supervision for their youth at a ratio of one adult for each eight youth or per small group. An appropriate amount of chaperones is required to participate.

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What Was Your Favorite Part of Field Trip Day?

“When the teacher used the torch to cut the metal pumpkins, the torch popped and sparks went everywhere! We all jumped!”

– Peyton

“This looks like a place where kids aren’t allowed! But we are!”

– Benicio

“When the teacher was blowing glass, I thought the big air bubble was going to pop on us! He made it so big and clear.”

– Jamirra

“Neon was my favorite department because we got to see the fire. And, they made the tube turn red, which is my favorite color!”

– Colton

Oakland Public and Title 1 Schools Come Free

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Each Year, Hundreds Get A Taste of the Industrial Arts


Welcome over 1,400 youth

88% visit at no cost to the school
26 unique schools and organizations
Over 1,000 Oakland Unified School District students


  • All Oakland Unified District and Title 1 Public Schools: FREE
  • Private Schools in Oakland: $9.00 per student (A fee waiver may be available upon request).
  • All other schools outside of Oakland: $9.00 per student (A fee waiver may be available upon request).

A $50 – $100 refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation for all FREE trips one month in advance. Once we receive your deposit payment, you will receive a confirmation of your field trip.

A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to hold your reservation for all PAID trips one month in advance. Once we receive your deposit payment, you will receive a confirmation and an invoice for the remaining balance. All remaining balances must be paid to the Crucible one week prior to your field trip date. 

We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, checks, school purchase orders, or money orders. Please do not send cash.

Private Field Trips: You can schedule your own private two-hour field trip on any available date for $30/student. Optional hands-on activities can be arranged.


You must notify The Crucible at least two weeks prior to your scheduled field trip date if you have to cancel. Groups who cancel less than two weeks before their scheduled field trip date will be billed for the full cost of the field trip at $9.00 per student. The deposit is non-refundable.

Ready for your field trip?

You are welcome to contact us at [email protected] or at (510) 444-0919 x127 if you have any additional questions.