Your "One-Stop-Shop" for Amazing Field Trips,

With or Without the Bus!

ArtsBusXpress is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that funds San Diego County K-12 educational on-site field trips and virtual field trips to arts and science venues. We are "the missing link" between educators, enriched student learning, and arts/science venues. Without our funding, field trips would not be possible.

ABX Co-Founder Patty Smith and President Ted Pena attended the recent tribute, in memoriam, to Patty Cooprider, an amazing artist in her own right who also shared her vision to ensure all children had the opportunity to access the world of Art and use their imagination to create their own masterpieces. The event was hosted by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Balboa Park on April 27.

You can help support arts education for San Diego students by clicking here.

Produced in collaboration with San Diego Zoo/Safari Park and Motion Picture Multimedia.

Funding is still available for on-site & virtual field trips!

Over 100 local arts and science venues are anxiously awaiting the arrival of your K-12 students to visit them. Visit the “Places to Go” on our website to explore the over 100 San Diego museums, theaters, discovery centers, botanical gardens, marine, and animal habitats to supplement your in-classroom STEAM education.  

Buses and bus drivers are in short supply.  But you can still have a wonderful field trip.  Here's a list of 20 venues offering “live, interactive, fun and educational Virtual Field Trips! Click here for more details.

Virtual Field Trip Xperiences
and counting!

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Birch Aquarium

​Children's Nature Retreat Foundation

​Cygnet Theatre

​Fleet Science Center

​Imperial Valley Desert Museum

Japanese Friendship Garden

La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Living Coast Discovery Center

LUX Art Institute

New Village Arts

San Diego Air and Space Museum

San Diego Archaeological Center

San Diego History Center

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Zoo

The Roustabouts Theatre Co.

The Water Conservation Garden

Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans

“It all went so well! The virtual format worked better in some ways - allowing us to meet more people when we couldn't see the actual space.  If we could do a combination of the two, I think that would be incredible!”

Teachers, your online application now offers you a choice to request funding

for a field trip with or without the bus! 

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We're Hiring!

If your passion is to serve the K-12 community one field trip at a time and lead an exciting organization for years to come, click here to learn more about the opportunity.

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We are deeply grateful to The Conrad Prebys Foundation for their recent major award that allows ABX to add an Executive Director to its growing organization.

More Donors to Thank!

We are deeply grateful to the City of San Diego Small Business and Nonprofit Grant Program, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program for their recent awards.  Thank you, Mayor Gloria and Supervisors Fletcher, Vargas, Desmond, Anderson and Lawson-Remer for supporting our mission to connect our teachers and students to the amazing STEAM content found only outside the classroom.
Thank you, Rice Family Foundation, Union Bank, Kiwanis of La Jolla and the Palmer Family for joining us again to support our terrific teachers and students in 2022.

Naranca Elementary School Visits
Birch Aquarium
NarancaES at Birch Aquarium
Scripps Ranch High School Takes a Photo Walk at MOPA

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