School and Group Programs

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

  • All programs are available starting October 1 for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • All programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. We will do our best to accommodate any requests within that time period based on availability.
  • To schedule a Virtual Program or Mobile Museum Outreach Program, please contact Program Associate, 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.

The Delaware Museum of Natural History building is closed until spring 2022 for a major renovation. Discovery Tours will return when we reopen as the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science!

Learn more about our Museum Metamorphosis here.

Virtual Presentations

These virtual programs each last 20-30 minutes and are offered as Live Video 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 keep everyone moving and engaged.

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

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

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 General Information

  • $75 for one program; $70 for two programs; $65 for three or more programs
  • Each program consists of a 20-30 minute live video presentation.
  • Virtual Programs are limited to 40 participants maximum.
  • For larger groups, multiple programs can be scheduled on the same day (provided timeslots are available).
  • It is required that at least one representative of the organization is present and actively observing for the entire duration of the program. This representative will also be in charge of dispersing all pertinent information and Zoom links provided by DMNH, to the program participants, as well as reminding participants about the program at least 24 hours prior to the program start time.

Scheduling

  • To schedule a Virtual Program, please fill out a registration form using this link: Registration Form.
  • Programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. We will do our best to accommodate any requests within that time period based on availability.
  • You will hear back from the DMNH Education Team within 5 business days of completing your registration form.
  • Any questions? Please contact our Program Associate, 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 less than 48 hours prior to your program start time, you will not receive a refund for your program.
  • If 15 minutes after the designated start time, no program participants are logged in, the program will be cancelled without reimbursement. Program time extensions in the case of late attendees cannot be guaranteed.

Mobile Museum Outreach Programs

With our Outreach Programs, we bring the fun of a field trip to you! We offer exciting, hands-on 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.

Outreach Program Topics

Looking Out My Backdoor: PreK (ages 2-6)-2nd 
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 (ages 2-6)-2nd and 3rd-5th
Travel around the world to see the amazing ways animals survive in different habitats. NGSS: K-ESS3-1

Buggin’ Out: PreK (ages 2-6)-2nd 
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 (ages 2-6)-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: PreK (ages 2-6)-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th
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 General Information

  • $125 for one program; $115 for two programs; $100 for three or more programs. For destinations more than 25 miles away from the museum one way, an additional cost will be incurred (see below).
  • Each program consists of a 45-60 minute in-person program.
  • Outreach Programs are currently limited to 25 participants maximum. For larger groups, multiple programs can be scheduled in a day (provided timeslots are available).
  • Several Outreach Programs include live animals. Please have a reliable staff member available to help with loading and unloading of the live animals, if needed.

Destinations more than 25 miles from DMNH one way will be charged a travel fee.

    • 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 Mobile Museum Outreach Program, please fill out a registration form using this link: Registration Form.
  • Programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. We will do our best to accommodate any requests within that time period based on availability.
  • You will hear back from the DMNH Education Team within 5 business days of completing your registration form.
  • Any questions? Please contact our Program Associate, 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 less than 48 hours prior to your program start time, you will not receive a refund for your program.

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

  • All Outreach Programs locations must be held in an indoor area that allows for social distancing, or outdoors.
  • All participants over the age of 2 years old are required to maintain adequate social distancing AND wear a mask for the duration of the program.
  • 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.
  • All scheduled programs are subject to change at the behest of DMNH staff based on new or increased concerns over Covid-19.

If you have any questions regarding protocols, please contact Brendan Pronteau, School and Community Programs Coordinator at bpronteau@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111, ext. 322.