Nature Nook

Nature-Nook-WelcomeThe 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. Children can explore 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 science or nature children’s book each week. 

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:

  1. Head to the Nature Nook and leave your ID with the Nature Nook  Educator.
  2. Take the backpack with you on an outdoor adventure.
  3. Return the backpack and all of its contents to the Nature Nook Educator
    when you are done.

Nature Nook Weekly Schedule

The Nature Nook is closed on Mondays. 

Tuesday – Saturday 

10 a.m. Nature Nook Opens

11 a.m. Story Time

1:30 p.m. Live Animal Presentation – meet one of the Nature Nook animals up close.

2 p.m. Story Time

4 p.m. Nature Nook closes


12:30 p.m. Nature Nook Opens

1 p.m. Story Time

1:30 p.m. Live Animal Presentation  – meet one of the Nature Nook animals up close.

4 p.m. Nature Nook closes