Enjoy themed children's books with "Book in the Nook" storytimes every Wednesday & Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

The Nature Nook has been a special place for young children to enjoy hands-on fun at the Delaware Museum of Natural History since it opened in 2010, but now children have even more opportunity to experience science and nature up-close with "Book in the Nook" storytimes. Children and their parents can enjoy a featured children's book each week with themes based on our current special exhibit, science, nature, and more. In addition, science themes are explored throughout the year with hands-on activities and instruction from our skilled docents and Education staff.

The Nature Nook is specially designed for children ages 2 through 10, and the space promotes interaction between children and their parents or caregivers, which is an important aspect of early childhood learning. Trained educators, docents, and volunteers facilitate educational interactions and provide children with an opportunity to learn about the world around them in a hands-on way.  Interactive activities transport children inside a cave, stream, meadow, and woodland to explore wildlife and habitats using simple tools and their senses.

HOURS:  
Nature Nook
Tuesday - Saturday (Closed Monday): 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday: 12 - 3 p.m.

Explore the monthly Nature Nook Exhibit which includes interesting specimens as well as hands-on activities.

Visit us each week to try a new craft and game, all centered on the month’s theme.

Monthly Themes
September – Celebrating the Passenger Pigeon
OctoberTitanoboa: Monster Snake
November – Native Americans of Delaware
December – Dinos for the Holidays

Young Explorers – Fun for toddlers and preschoolers
Tuesdays & Fridays: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sundays: 1 p.m.

Join us as we learn about the wonders of nature. Take part in fun activities and games that will help you become better explorers of the great outdoors.

Book in the Nook
Wednesdays & Saturdays: 11 a.m.
Children and their parents can enjoy a featured children's book each week with themes based on our current special exhibit, science, nature, and more.

Live Animal Presentations
Thursday: 11 a.m.
Each week get up close with one of the Museum’s live animals. Learn interesting facts and stories about a new animal each week.

Self-Guided Activities
Don’t forget to check out the self-guided activities located throughout the Nature Nook. These are the perfect way for your family to learn and have fun together.

Camouflage Scavenger Hunts
  •  See if you can find all of the animals hidden in the meadow portion of the Nook Mural.
Explorer Backpacks
  •  Borrow one of these and have all the tools you’ll need to explore the great outdoors.
Learn and Look in the Nook Activity Baskets
  •  Pre-written lessons and activities (including puppet shows and stories) for parents and children to enjoy together.
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