Welcome to the Nature Nook!
The Nature Nook is a special place for young children to enjoy hands-on fun at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, featuring story times, meeting live animals, crafts and lots of time for interactive, creative play.
The Nature Nook is especially designed for children ages 1 through 10, and the space promotes interaction between children and their grownups, which is an important aspect of early childhood learning. Trained staff design and facilitate educational interactions to 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.
Children and their grownups can enjoy a featured children’s book each week with themes based on our current special exhibit, science, nature and more. Science themes are explored throughout the year with hands-on activities and instruction from our skilled Nature Nook staff.
Discover nature with explorer backpacks
Borrow an Explorer Backpack from the Nature Nook to explore the Museum inside and out! Our backpacks contain everything you need to be a budding naturalist, and now feature the S.T.E.A.M. Hike. Trek through the Museum’s outdoor areas while participating in activities encouraging learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and math!
How to Borrow an Explorer Backpack:
- Head to the Nature Nook and leave your ID with the Nature Nook Educator.
- Take the backpack with you on an outdoor adventure.
- Return the backpack and all of its contents to the Nature Nook Educator
when you are done.