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DISCOVERY TOURS

We’re going to extremes to get your students face-to-face with fascination and fun!  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 Tour and Outreach Coordinator Austin Conley at 302-658-9111, ext. 322 or email him at education@delmnh.org. If you don’t see a program listed that meets your needs, contact us to discuss additional options.

Educators: Be one of the first to see our traveling exhibits at free educator (and family) previews. Preview Dinosaur Revolution on February 4 from 1-4 p.m.

Tour & Outreach Coordinator Austin Conley introduces some of this year’s activities.

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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:

Approximately 1 to 2 hrs. in length.
One program: $6 per student
Two programs: $8 per student
Teachers: FREE, Chaperones: $9

Schedule your program with our Tour and Outreach Coordinator, 302-658-9111 ext. 322.

How to Make an Animal (PreK-1st) Join us on an adventure of worldly proportions! Take a closer look at our exhibits and find out what makes up an animal.

Explore the Museum with Dude the Cat (PreK-1st) See the Museum through the eyes of 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 Habitat (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 Bug’s World (K-4th) They creep, crawl, and outnumber us all! Get to know insects and other critters that are often mistaken 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?

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

Bird Discovery Team (1st-3rd) Become ornithologists, or bird scientists, and work as a team to learn amazing

facts about our large bird collection.

Structures of Life (3rd-MS) Embrace your inner taxonomist: classifying, identifying, and comparing plant and animal adaptations from all around the world. Discover how adaptations affect behavior, lifecycles, and lifespans too!

Geology from the Ground Up (3rd and up) Learn the basics of geology and how rocks and minerals have shaped the land we live on today.

Energy, Motion & Forces (3rd & up) Energy, motion and forces are all around us! Let’s experiment how and why it flows from one place to another.

Science & Global Issues (MS & HS) Learn about environmental issues from the past and how we can help protect the future. Our world is full of amazing, yet threatened or endangered, creatures! What can you do to change their outlook?

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.

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! These can include English, Math, or even Art programs!

bearded dragonIf 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.

Programs are approximately one hour in length.
$6 per participant; minimum of 15 participants or $90.

Schedule your program at the Museum by emailing our Tour and Outreach Coordinator or by calling 302-658-9111, ext. 322.

Programs Offered:

Animal Alphabet (PreK-1st) From alligators to bat and cats, let’s sing the ABC’s the animal way.

My Plate, Your Plate (PreK-1st) Hungry for knowledge? Learn what other animals need to eat compared to us!

Amazing Animal Adaptations (PreK-5th) Venom, claws, stripes… Explore these incredible animal adaptations with our LIVE ANIMAL COLLECTION and amazing specimens from around the world!

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

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

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

Bats & Other Pollinators (1st-4th) When the sun goes down, a whole new group of animals wakes up! Bats, snakes, opossums, frogs, and many other nocturnal creatures come out at night.

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

Cargo for Conservation (MS & HS) Our world is precious and it needs your help! Explore ways YOU can increase awareness and understanding of the effects of illegal wildlife trade on protected plants and animals and to encourage actions to reduce that trade’s harmful effects.

Museum Careers (MS & HS) Learn what goes on behind the scenes, and what it takes to work at a Museum. Get the inside scoop on which skills are important and how to build a career that you are passionate about.

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!

DSC_0005We 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!

All shows are approximately one hour in length.
COST: $125 per show; maximum of 30 participants
Schedule a puppet show at the Museum or at your site by emailing our Tour and Outreach Coordinator or by calling 302-658-9111, ext. 305.

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!

Are You a Bird? Help Dude, the game show host, decide which contestant is a bird. Will it be Mr. Bat, Mr. Cardinal, or Ms. Monarch? You will help decide!

Ocean Adventures Splash! Dive into the ocean and meet Olly the Octopus and her friends as they share their amazing underwater adaptations.

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

batWild Animals Venom, claws, stripes, and all. Explore the scary, loud, and colorful side of nature. See some of them up close and personal, and find out what you can do to help wild animals. Includes live animals and biofacts.

Animal Adaptations Discover incredible animal adaptations with our LIVE ANIMAL COLLECTION and amazing specimens from around the world!

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.

$200 for a maximum of 50 participants.
$300 for a maximum of 100 participants.
$400 for a maximum of 200 participants
Program length is approximately one hour
Schedule an assembly at your site by emailing our Tour and Outreach Coordinator or by calling 302-658-9111, ext. 305

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.

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.