What came first, the chicken or the egg? Eggs were around long before there were chickens. In addition to birds, mollusks, fish, insects, frogs, reptiles, and even some mammals lay eggs. These mammals are known as monotremes. The closest living relatives of birds include crocodiles, lizards, snakes, and turtles, all of which lay [...]
Storytime Series Through mid-June, our weekly storytime series sponsored by the Delaware College Investment Plan focuses on books about money...and often with a connection to nature and science! For storytime sponsored by the Delaware College Investment Plan, State Treasurer Colleen Davis reads The Apple Orchard Riddle. [...]
One of this week's crafts at Wonders of Winter is a penguin mask craft. You'll need scissors, a glue stick, a pencil, a popsicle stick or string, and black, white, and orange construction paper. Download the penguin mask template PDF here.
Make a snow globe craft with us! You will need a paper plate, tape, scissors, a glue stick, crayons, and a plastic zip bag. You'll also need some fake snow, or if you don't have any fake snow you can use a hole punch and make your own paper snow. Visit our website for a [...]
Gobble, Gobble What do you know about turkeys? Learn more from Dr. Jean Woods, Director of Collections and Curator of Birds at DMNH. At Thanksgiving, many people’s thoughts turn to turkeys. But how much do you really know about turkeys, except that they make a fine Thanksgiving dinner? For example, did you know there [...]
Belemnites are fossil cephalopods related to the squids, octopods and cuttlefish that live in the ocean today. Belemnites went extinct at the same time as the dinosaurs, about 65 million years ago, but their fossil remains are easy to find at the C&D Canal. Belemnitella americana was named the State [...]
Delaware Shells Razor clams, shark eyes, knobby conchs … do you know your Delaware shells? Take a look at some local examples from the Museum’s collection of more than two million shells. Use this guide to identify shells for your own collection! Many hobbyists enjoy picking up nature’s curios on the beach for home [...]
The Museum's Animal Ambassadors What would you expect to see at the Delaware Museum of Natural History? What about a live ball python or sun conure? Many visitors to DMNH are surprised to see live animals in a natural history museum, but they are there for an important reason. Encounters with live animals [...]