Discovery Tours are available beginning August 2020

To schedule a tour or for more information, contact education@delmnh.org

As our region continues its multiphase reopening process we are continually evaluating our tour procedures to ensure the safety and health of our staff, volunteers, and guests.

  • Discovery Tours require a minimum of 15 paid participants or $105. Tours are capped at 30 participants to ensure social distancing procedures. Groups will be split up into two groups of 15 or fewer.
  • One hour per program.
  • Masks or facial coverings are required during all Discovery Tour programs and activities for all participants over the age of 4 and are strongly encouraged for participants between the ages of 2-4.
  • Programs and activities are engaging and educational while following best practice guidelines from the State of DE regarding social distancing procedures and hands-on activities.
  • Our summer programs use the Museum’s outdoor spaces whenever possible and will continue rain or shine.
  • The Museum grounds are available for a picnic lunch before or after your Discovery Tour.
  • Your group is welcome to explore the Museum galleries and grounds after your discovery tour program. Please allow up to 30 minutes for free exploration inside the galleries.

We are not scheduling Mobile Museum programs for the summer of 2020. Bring us to your location with virtual tours for groups and organization.

Adaptation and Evolution Tours

K-2: How Things Grow

By examining habitats of plants and animals around the globe, groups will see how living things in these habitats grow and survive.

Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live. [Clarification Statement: Examples of relationships could include that deer eat buds and leaves, therefore, they usually live in forested areas; and, grasses need sunlight so they often grow in meadows. Plants, animals, and their surroundings make up a system.]

3-5: Ecosystems

Join us on a journey of exploration and discover the ecosystems of animals from around the world. Learn what special adaptations they have to survive in their ecosystem.

Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. [Clarification Statement: Examples of cause and effect relationships could be plants that have larger thorns than other plants may be less likely to be eaten by predators; and, animals that have better camouflage coloration than other animals may be more likely to survive and therefore more likely to leave offspring.]

Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. [Clarification Statement: Examples of structures could include thorns, stems, roots, colored petals, heart, stomach, lung, brain, and skin.]

6-8: Adaptation and Classification

Using DMNH’s unique resources, form a hypothesis of how animals and plants use their adaptations to increase survivability.

Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live. [Clarification Statement: Examples of relationships could include that deer eat buds and leaves, therefore, they usually live in forested areas; and, grasses need sunlight so they often grow in meadows. Plants, animals, and their surroundings make up a system.]

Dinosaur Tours

K-5: Digging for Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs came in all shapes and sizes. Become a paleontologist for the day and discover how dinosaurs lived, what they looked like, and what they left behind.

Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago. [Clarification Statement: Examples of data could include type, size, and distributions of fossil organisms. Examples of fossils and environments could include marine fossils found on dry land, tropical plant fossils found in Arctic areas, and fossils of extinct organisms.]

Nature Tours

K-2: Nature Explorers

Explore the nature trails behind DMNH and examine the variety of plants and animals that exist in the different habitats outside the museum.

Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the diversity of living things in each of a variety of different habitats.]

3-5: Movement in the Forest

Groups will explore the forest behind DMNH and using this environment as a model, will examine the flow of matter in an ecosystem.

Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the idea that matter that is not food (air, water, decomposed materials in soil) is changed by plants into matter that is food. Examples of systems could include organisms, ecosystems, and the Earth.]

6-8: Wildlife Resource Management

Groups will explore the important relationship between the resources, plants, and animals in the ecosystems at DMNH.

Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.]