School and Group Programs

The Delaware Museum of Natural History offers fun, interactive educational programs virtually, onsite at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, and at your location!

  • To schedule a Virtual Program, Discovery Tour, or Mobile Museum Outreach Program, please contact Program Assistant, Matt McGraw, at education@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111, ext. 331.
  • Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Contact Brendan Pronteau, School and Community Programs Coordinator at bpronteau@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111, ext. 322 for additional options.

All programs support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Virtual Presentations

These virtual programs each last 15-20 minutes each and are currently being offered as Live Presentations. These programs are perfect for a classroom, camp group, daycare, library, or adult group. We make virtual learning exciting and fun with games and activities (and sometimes live animals) that will keep everyone moving and engaged. Each Virtual Program will include an additional 10-minute presentation of your choice.

Virtual Presentation Topics

Fossils, Fossils, Fossils: PreK-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th
Learn about dinosaurs while exploring and examining fossils and fossil models! NGSS: 3-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2

Awesome Animal Adaptations: PreK-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th
Meet our live animal ambassadors and learn how they evolved and adapted to live comfortably and survive in their native habitats. NGSS: K-ESS3-1, 3-LS4-2, 4-LS1-1, MS-LS1-5, HS-LS4-4

Wacky Weather and Crazy Climates: PreK-2nd, 3rd-5th
This program looks at the weather all around us and how it impacts humans, animals, and plants! NGSS: K-ESS2-1, 3-ESS3-1

Engineering a Habitat: PreK-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th
Take a closer look at the Delaware Stream exhibit and examine how this habitat and others have been changed by humans and animals. NGSS: K-ESS3-3, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 3-5-ETS1-1, 5-ESS3-1

Animal Teamwork: PreK-2nd
This program explores how animals work together in groups to survive. NGSS: K-LS1-1

Ecosystems: 3rd-5th
In this program, we’ll look at how habitats are important to plants and animals, how different animals survive in intense ecosystems, and how an animal’s adaptations are important to their survival. NGSS: 3-LS4-3, 3-LS3-2

Weather, Climate, and Human Impact: 6th-8th, 9th-12th
Study data about the earth from millions of years ago while learning about your own impact on the environment. NGSS: MS-ESS3-5, MS-ESS3-3

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

Puppet Show: 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.

Each Delaware Museum of Natural History virtual program comes with an additional 10-minute live presentation. As a part of your Virtual Program, when registering, your group will choose one option from the list below.

  • Animal Presentation: Meet one of the Museum’s live animal ambassadors.
  • Special Storytime: Read a story related to your virtual program with a Museum Educator.
  • Q & A: Enjoy a question and answer session with a Museum Educator.
  • How-To: We show you how to build a craft or set up a science experiment related to your virtual program with common household materials.

Fees

  • $75 for one program, $70 for two programs, $65 for three or more programs
  • Virtual Programs are limited to one classroom or 40 participants.
  • For larger groups, multiple programs can be scheduled on the same day.

Scheduling

  • To schedule a Virtual Program, Discovery Tour, or Mobile Museum Outreach Program, please contact Program Assistant, Matt McGraw, at education@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111, ext. 331.

Financial Aid

  • We have a limited number of funds to offer as financial aid for all program fees, transportation, and travel for students and communities that are economically challenged.
  • For more information, please contact Brendan Pronteau, School and Community Programs Coordinator at bpronteau@delmnh.org.
  • Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.

Mobile Museum Outreach Programs 

We offer exciting, hands-on outreach programs for schools, daycares, community organizations, libraries, and more. Through engaging discussion, live animal presentations, relevant specimens, and props, our programs complement what you are teaching in the classroom.

We offer a variety of Mobile Museum Outreach Programs for all ages.

Mobile Museum Topics

Looking Out My Backdoor: PreK-1st
Ever wonder what’s in your backyard? Unique and fascinating animals can be there. Find out what’s outside your door and learn how important all creatures are. NGSS: K-LS1-1

Most Extreme Animals: PreK-1st
Travel around the world to see the amazing ways animals survive in different habitats. NGSS: K-ESS3-1

Buggin’ Out: PreK-1st
Insects don’t get a whole lot of love. Take a closer look and see what makes them so special. Get ready to learn a new dance! NGSS: K-ESS2-2, 1-LS3-1

Dinos, Dinos, Dinos: PreK-2nd and 3rd-5th
Dinosaurs came in all shapes and sizes. Explore real fossils, see different tools, and learn what makes a dinosaur. NGSS: 3-LS4-1

Amazing Animal Adaptations: 3rd-5th
Venom, claws, and stripes…Oh my! Explore these incredible animal adaptations with our live animals and amazing specimens from around the world. NGSS: 3-LS3-1, 4-LS1-1

Concepts of Climate Change: 6th-8th
Outline and explore major topics to comprehend how climate change can affect our planet. Investigate ongoing experiments and understand how data is collected to draw conclusions from the research. NGSS: MS-ESS3-3

Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Contact Brendan Pronteau, School and Community Programs Coordinator at bpronteau@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111, ext. 322 for additional options.

Fees and information

  • $7 per student/participant. Teachers/paid staff are free
    • All Mobile Museum Outreach Programs are 40-60 minutes in length.
    • For larger groups, multiple programs can be scheduled in a day.
    • Several of our Mobile Museum Outreach Programs include live animals. Please have a reliable staff member available to help with loading and unloading of the live animals, if needed.

    There is a travel fee for locations more than 25 miles from DMNH, one way. 

    • 0-25 miles: included in program fee
    • 26-35 miles: $ 15.00
    • 36-45 miles: $ 30.00
    • 46-55 miles: $ 45.00
    • 56-65 miles: $ 60.00
    • 66-75 miles: $ 75.00
    • 76-85 miles: $ 90.00
    • 86-95 miles: $ 105.00
    • 96-105 miles: $ 120.00

Scheduling

  • To schedule a Virtual Program, Discovery Tour, or Mobile Museum Outreach Program, please contact Program Assistant, Matt McGraw, at education@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111, ext. 331.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.

Financial Aid

  • We have a limited number of funds to offer as financial aid for all program fees, transportation, and travel for students and communities that are economically challenged.
  • For more information, please contact Brendan Pronteau, School and Community Programs Coordinator at bpronteau@delmnh.org.
  • Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to COVID-19, the following health and safety measures will be in effect until further notice for ALL Mobile Museum programming:

  • Program capacity may be limited.
  • All participants over the age of 4 will be required to maintain adequate social distance and wear a mask at all times.
  • Programs and activities are engaging and educational while following best practice guidelines from the State of DE and the CDC regarding social distancing procedures and hands-on activities.

Discovery Tours

Take a field trip to the Delaware Museum of Natural History! Groups will interact with the natural world through interactive, engaging activities. We offer a variety of Discovery Tours for ages PreK through 8th grade.

Discovery Tours are only available through December 31, 2020 as the Museum is closing in 2021 for a year-long metamorphosis. 

Discovery Tour Topics

How Things Grow: PreK-2nd
Get an up-close look at how animals grow in different ways to adjust to their environment. NGSS: 1-LS1-1, 1-LS-2

Weird, Wild, and Wacky Animals: PreK-2nd
Venom, claws, stripes, and all. Explore strange animal adaptations of survival. NGSS: K-LS1-1

Digging for Dinos: PreK-5th
Become a paleontologist for the day and together we’ll dig into dinosaurs’ pre-historic past. Who know what we’ll discover! NGSS: 3-LS4-1

Ecosystems: 3rd-5th
Join us on a journey of exploration and discover ecosystems from around the world. Use your observation skills to explore these ecosystems in the Museum and the animals that live there. NGSS: 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2 3-LS4-3

Structures of Life: 3rd-5th
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! NGSS: 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-1

Weather, Climate, and Human Impact: 6th-8th
Examine subject matter to understand how human impact could affect our weather and climate. Students will use measurement tools and data interpretation to conduct experiments to outline important issues and how they affect our world. NGSS: MS-ESS3-5, MS-ESS3-3

Adaptation and Classification: 6th-8th
Work with a team to form a hypothesis of how animals use their adaptations to increase survivability. NGSS: MS-LS1-4

Self-Guided Tour: All Ages
Explore everything that DMNH has to offer on your own schedule. Visit the galleries and take part in daily pop-up programming. Museum staff will let you know what pop-up programs are taking place that day when you arrive. School group rate applies for all pre-registered groups.

Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Contact Brendan Pronteau, School and Community Programs Coordinator at bpronteau@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111, ext. 322 for additional options.

Fees and information

  • $7 per student/participant. Teachers/paid staff are free. $9 per chaperone.
  • We require a minimum of 15 paid participants per Discovery Tour. Smaller groups are charged a flat rate of $105.
  • Tours last between 1- 1½ hours.
  • Your group is welcome to explore the Museum galleries and grounds after your discovery tour program. Please allow 30 minutes for free exploration inside the galleries.
  • Lunch areas are available inside and outside (weather permitting). Indoor lunch space can hold 30 people at a time.

Scheduling

  • To schedule a Virtual Program, Discovery Tour, or Mobile Museum Outreach Program, please contact Program Assistant, Matt McGraw, at education@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111, ext. 331.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.

Financial Aid

  • We have a limited number of funds to offer as financial aid for all program fees, transportation, and travel for students and communities that are economically challenged.
  • For more information, please contact Brendan Pronteau, School and Community Programs Coordinator at bpronteau@delmnh.org.
  • Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to COVID-19, the following health and safety measures will be in effect until further notice for ALL Discovery Tours:

  • Tours may be capped at 30 participants to ensure social distancing procedures.
  • Participants will be split up into groups of 15 or fewer.
  • Masks or facial coverings are required during all Discovery Tour programs and activities for all participants over the age of 4 and are strongly encouraged for participants between the ages of 2-4.
  • Programs and activities are engaging and educational while following best practice guidelines from the State of DE and the CDC regarding social distancing procedures and hands-on activities.
  • Our Discovery Tours will use the Museum’s outdoor spaces whenever possible.