Schools/Groups 2017-09-25T17:58:06+00:00

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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.

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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.

Discovery Tours and Standards for 2017

All Ages: 1hr

  • What you didn’t Know about the Museum: 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.

Tikes (under 3): 30min

  1. Animals Around the World: Travel around the world and see what it would be like to live with animals!
  2. Colors of Nature: Colors are everywhere in the world! Learn about them with your favorite animals!
  3. Nature Explorers: Head outside in search of birds and insects in the Museum’s forest and meadow.

PreK (3-4): 45min

  1. Sense-ational Animals: Animals have the same five senses as humans. Compare and contrast our senses to those of animals from around the world!
  2. How To Make a Dinosaur: Discover some of the coolest dinosaurs that ever walked the Earth. Then, build your own with what you learned!
  3. Life at the Beach: Learn about amazing animals from the ocean; from species that love to soak up the sun to creatures that have never seen the light of day.
  4. Explore the Museum with Dude the Cat: See the Museum through the eyes of our unofficial mascot, Dude the Cat, by exploring the ins and outs of the Museum.

Kindergarten: 1hr

  1. Weird, Wild, and Wacky Animals (K-LS1-1): Venom, claws, stripes, and all. Explore strange animal adaptations of survival.
  2. Home Sweet Habitat (K-ESS2-2 and K-ESS3-1): 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.
  3. Digging for Dinos: Become a paleontologist for the day and together we’ll dig into dinosaurs’ pre-historic past. Who knows what we’ll discover!
  4. Explore the Museum with Dude the Cat: See the Museum through the eyes of our unofficial mascot, Dude the Cat, by exploring the ins and outs of the Museum.

1st and 2nd grade: 1 ½ hr

  1. How Things Grow (1-LS1-1 and 1-LS1-2): Get an up-close look at how animal grow in different ways to adjust to their environment.
  2. Home Sweet Habitat (2-LS4-1): 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.
  3. Geology from the Ground Up (2-ESS1-1): Learn the basics of geology and how rocks and minerals have shaped the land we live on today.
  4. Water Around the World (2-ESS2-3): Water is all around us, but do we really know its limits and the impact it has on us and other creatures?
  5. Pollination Station (2-LS2-2): Take a trip around the world and discover the incredible animals responsible for keeping plants healthy.
  6. Digging for Dinos: Become a paleontologist for the day and together we’ll dig into dinosaurs’ pre-historic past. Who knows what we’ll discover!

3rd-5th grade: 1 ½ hr

  1. Digging for Dinos (3-LS4-1): Become a paleontologist for the day and together we’ll dig into dinosaurs’ pre-historic past. Who knows what we’ll discover!
  2. Home Sweet Habitat (3-LS4-3)
  3. 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.
  4. Structures of Life (3-LS1-1) (5-PS3-1): 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!
  5. Astounding Arthropods (3-LS3-2): They creep, crawl, and outnumber us all! Get to know insects and other critters that are often mistaken for insects!
  6. Bird Discovery Team (4-LS1-1): Become ornithologists, or bird scientists, and work as a team to learn amazing facts about our large bird collection.
  7. Sense-ational Animals (4-LS1-2): Animals have the same five senses as humans. Compare and contrast our senses to those of animals from around the world!
  8. Geology from the Group Up (4-ESS1-1): Learn the basics of geology and how rocks and minerals have shaped the land we live on today.
  9. Water Around the World (5-ESS2-2): Water is all around us, but do we really know its limits and the impact it has on us and other creatures?

Middle School: 2 hr

  1. Ecosystems (MS-LS2-2): Investigate different ecosystems around the world and the species that exist within them. Use this information to determine the niche these animals fit in their environment.
  2. Adaptations and Classification (MS-LS1-4): Work with a team to form a hypothesis of how animals use their adaptations to increase survivability.

High School: 2 hr

  1. Fossil Taxonomy (H-LS4-1): Using fossil specimens, students will learn how to properly communicate scientific information by using taxonomy and binomial nomenclature. They will also learn the importance of biological research.
  2. Herpetology (H-LS4-4): The study of reptiles and amphibians is changing almost daily as scientists learn about these species. Students will investigate how natural selection and evolution have brought them from the first animals to walk on land to one of the most advanced predators on the planet.

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.

Outreaches and Standards for 2017

Tikes (under 3)

  1. Ocean Odyssey: Dive into the ocean with us and discover all of the amazing creatures that live there.
  2. The Magic of Metamorphosis: Ever wonder what it would be like to go through metamorphosis? Grow your own wings in this interactive program.
  3. Most Extreme Animals: Who’s the biggest? Who’s the fastest? Can you compete with these record-holding creatures?

PreK (3-4)

  1. Animal Alphabet: From alligators to bat and cats, let’s sing the ABC’s the animal way.
  2. Animal Engineers: Discover that people aren’t the only creatures on the planet that are engineers. Take a look at some live animals that take building to the next level
  3. To Be a Fossil Hunter: Become a paleontologist for the day and we’ll dig into dinosaurs’ prehistoric past. Who knows what we’ll discover?!
  4. Looking Out My Backdoor: Ever wonder what’s in your backyard? Super small or somewhat scary animals can be there. Find out what’s outside your door and learn how important all creatures are.

Kindergarten

  1. Dinos, Dinos, Dinos: Become a paleontologist for the day and we’ll dig into dinosaurs’ pre-historic past. Who knows what we’ll discover?
  2. My Plate, Your Plate (K-ESS3-1): Hungry for knowledge? Learn what other animals need to eat compared to us.
  3. Amazing Animal Adaptations (K-ESS2-2): Venom, claws, and stripes… Oh my! Explore these incredible animal adaptations with our LIVE ANIMAL COLLECTION and amazing specimens from around the world!
  4. Backyard Animals (K-LS1-1): 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.
  5. Legs, Webs, and Antennae (K-ESS2-2): They creep; they crawl, and outnumber us all! Get to know insects and other arthropods!

1st and 2nd grade

  1. Dinos, Dinos, Dinos: Become a paleontologist for the day and we’ll dig into dinosaurs’ pre-historic past. Who knows what we’ll discover?
  2. My Plate, Your Plate: Hungry for knowledge? Learn what other animals need to eat compared to us!
  3. Amazing Animal Adaptations (1-LS3-1) (2-LS4-1): Venom, claws, and stripes…Oh my! Explore these incredible animal adaptations with our LIVE ANIMAL COLLECTION and amazing specimens from around the world.
  4. Backyard Animals (2-LS4-1): 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.
  5. Legs, Webs, and Antennae (1-LS3-1) (2-LS4-1): They creep; they crawl, and outnumber us all! Get to know insects and other arthropods!
  6. Butterflies and Other Pollinators (2-LS2-2): Without animals to pollinate, this planet would have no plants! Take a closer look at the unsung heroes of the animal kingdom.
  7. Rocks Rock (2-ESS1-1): Learn the basics of geology and how rocks and minerals have shaped the land we live on today.

 

3rd-5th grade

  1. Dinos, Dinos, Dinos (3-LS4-1): Become a paleontologist for the day and we’ll dig into dinosaurs’ pre-historic past. Who knows what we’ll discover?
  2. Amazing Animal Adaptations (3-LS3-1) (4-LS1-1): Venom, claws, and stripes… Oh my! Explore these incredible animal adaptations with our live animal collection and amazing specimens from around the world.
  3. Backyard Animals (3-LS3-1): 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.
  4. Legs, Webs, and Antennae (3-LS3-2): They creep; they crawl, and outnumber us all! Get to know insects and other arthropods!
  5. Creatures of the Night (3-LS3-2): Nocturnal creatures do much more than go bump in the night. See some of the incredible things these animals achieve without light!
  6. Rocks Rock (4-ESS1-1): Learn the basics of geology and how rocks and minerals have shaped the land we live on today.
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.