DISCOVERY TOURS

Enhance your students’ classroom experience through scientific investigations, hands-on activities, presentations, and live animal encounters in one of the Museum’s field trip or outreach programs. All programs support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

To schedule a tour at the Museum or at your venue, please call 302-658-9111, ext. 305 or email jsteinhauer@delmnh.orgIf you don't see a program listed that meets your needs, contact our Education Department to discuss additional options.


Field Trip Programs  

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is a fun and interactive destination where teachers can bring their students to learn about science and the natural world.  Students of all ages, grades, and abilities can experience the Museum in new and exciting ways through our hands-on programs.

COST:    

Students:       One program: $5 per student
                    Two programs: $8 per student
Teachers:       Free
Chaperones:  $9 each     
    
PROGRAM LENGTH: 
Approximately one hour.  
If you plan on exploring the Museum or Museum Store on your own, we suggest you include additional time.

SCHEDULING: 
Schedule your program at the Museum by emailing education@delmnh.org or by calling 302-658-9111, ext. 305.  

Programs Offered:
Animal Quest (PreK-1st)
Join us on an adventure of worldly proportions! Take a closer look at our exhibits and find out just what exactly makes up an animal.

Dude’s Museum Tour (PreK-1st)
See the Museum through the eyes of the our unofficial mascot, Dude the Cat, by exploring the ins and outs of the Museum.  

SENSE-ational Animals (PreK -1st )
Animals have the same five senses as humans.  Compare and contrast our senses to those of animals from around the world!

Home Sweet Home (K-3rd)
Join us on a journey of exploration and discover the homes and habitats of animals from around the world.  Learn what special adaptations they have to survive in their environment.

Digging for Dinos (K-4th)
Become a paleontologist for the day and together we’ll dig into dinosaurs pre-historic past.  Who knows what we’ll discover?!

It’s a Bugs World (K-4th)
They creep, they crawl, and they outnumber us all!  Get to know insects and other critters that are often mistake for insects!

Water Around the World (K-4th)
Water is all around us, but do we really know its limits and the impact it has on us and other creatures? Let’s find out together!

Weird, Wild & Wacky Animals (K-4th)
Venom, claws, stripes, and all. Explore strange animal adaptations of survival.

Going, Going, Gone! (K-5th)
Learn from the past and help protect the future. Our world is full of amazing, yet threatened or endangered, creatures!

Bird Discovery Team (1st -3rd)
Scientists Unite! Become ornithologists, or bird scientists, and work as a team to learn amazing facts about our large bird collection.

Energy Outside (3rd & up)
Energy is all around us! We’ll use the great outdoors to discover energy sources and alternative ways to help protect our planet.

Rocks Rock! (3rd and up)
Learn the basics of geology and how rocks and minerals have shaped the land we live on today.

What You Didn’t Know About the Museum (All Ages)
Take a guided tour and get to know the ins and outs of the Museum. This program is great for all ages, grades and abilities.  We will tailor the program to meet your learning style.

Traveling Exhibit Tours (All Ages)
Come visit the Museum’s current traveling exhibit with your class!  Learn about a specific subject and get the inside scoop unavailable to the general public. These programs are great for all ages.

Upcoming traveling exhibits:
•    Robot Zoo (February 6 - May 25, 2015)
•    Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders (June 13 - September 7, 2015)
•    Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies (October 10, 2015 - January 10, 2016)

Design Your Own Program (All Ages)
If you don’t see a program that suits your needs, we'll work with you to custom design one just for you!


Outreach Programs

If you can’t come to the Museum, we’ll bring the Museum to you! We offer exciting, hands-on outreach programs for schools, day cares, community organizations, libraries, and more.   Through engaging discussion, live animal presentations, relevant biofacts, and props, our programs will compliment what you are teaching in the classroom.


COST:    $5 per participant
Minimum of 15 participants or $75.
     
PROGRAM LENGTH: 
Approximately one hour.  

SCHEDULING: 
Schedule your program at the Museum by emailing education@delmnh.org or by calling 302-658-9111, ext. 305.
 
Programs Offered:
Animal Alphabet (PreK-1st)
From alligators to bat and cats, let’s sing the abc’s the animal way

Creatures of the Night (K-3rd)
When the sun goes down, a whole new group of animals wakes up!  Bats, snakes, opossums, frogs, and so many other amazing and mysterious nocturnal creatures take on the night.  

Dinos, Dinos, Dinos (K-3rd)
Become a paleontologist for the day and together we’ll dig into dinosaurs pre-historic past.  Who knows what we’ll discover?!

Our Local Wildlife (K-3rd)
Ever wonder what’s in your own backyard? Animals that are super small or somewhat scary can be there.  Find out what’s outside your door and learn how important all creatures are.

Wild Animals (K-3rd)
Venom, claws, stripes, and all. Explore these incredible animal adaptations and more!

Wondrous Water-Lovers (K-3rd)
Water is all around us, but do we really know its limits and the impact it has on us and other creatures? Let’s find out together!

Legs, Webs & Antennae (K-4th)
They creep, they crawl, and they outnumber us all!  Get to know insects and other arthropods!  

Herpetological Happenings (K-5th)
Scales, slime, cold-blood, or claws?  Who has what characteristic?  Discover the wonderful world of reptiles and amphibians.

Fizz, Boom, Pop! (3rd & up)
Chemistry is cool! We’ll perform several experiments, make predictions, draw conclusions, and have lots of fun being chemists!

Design Your Own Program (All Ages)
If you don’t see a program that suits your needs, we'll work with you to custom design one just for you!


Puppet Shows

We offer fun, interactive puppet shows for preschool and early elementary ages either at the Museum or at your institution.   These are great for classrooms, special events, or birthday parties!

COST:    $125 per show; maximum of 30 participants.

PROGRAM LENGTH: 
Approximately one hour.  

SCHEDULING: 
Schedule a puppet show at the Museum or at your site by emailing education@delmnh.org or by calling 302-658-9111, ext. 305.  

Programs Offered:
Wake up, Mr. Bear!
Hibernation, migration…what’s an animal to do to survive the winter?  Let’s figure this out together with our puppet friends.   

What’s a Bug?
Twain the Frog needs your help to find out what he should eat in his new world.

Taking Care of Our Earth
Reduce, reuse, and recycle!  Find out why it’s so important through our interactive show that includes a sing along!

Who is my Mommy?
Help Tia the baby T-Rex find her mommy and learn about different dinosaurs along the way!


Assemblies

Endangered Species
Museum educators showcase endangered animals from around the world and talk about
their natural history, geography, conservation efforts, and chances for survival.  Program
includes live animals, props, and biofacts.  Schools must be able to support a PowerPoint
presentation and provide a projection screen and sound system.

COST:    $200 for a maximum of 50 participants.
             $300 for a maximum of 100 participants.
             $400 for a maximum of 200 participants

PROGRAM LENGTH: 
Approximately one hour

SCHEDULING: 
Schedule an assembly at your site by emailing education@delmnh.org or by calling 302-658-9111, ext. 305


Financial Aid

We have a limited number of funds to offer as financial aid for students who receive free or reduced breakfast or lunch.  Qualifying classrooms are eligible for one free Program at the Museum and one free Outreach per school year. To receive assistance, schools must fax a letter on school letterhead indicating the number of qualifying children at least two weeks before the tour. Please fax to 302-658-2610, Attn: Education Programs Facilitator. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled program.  If you cancel your reservation in less than 48 hours or fail to arrive at your scheduled time, you will be charged a $75 no-show fee.

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