How To Museum

Overview

Are you looking for a way to prepare your group for a museum trip Look no further! How to Museum will review what a museum is, prepare your learners for what to expect, and what’s expected of them. Help your learners love museums today!

Possible Activities (at the educator’s discretion)

  • Get to know your staff member
  • what is a museum
  • what your students and staff can expect
  • expectations when visiting
  • live animals – vs – taxidermy – vs – study skin – vs – model
  • exhibit vs gallery
  • review of our space
  • our organizations history

Standards

n/a

Details

  • Live Animals: No
  • Duration: up to 1 hour
  • Minimum number of students: 10
  • Maximum number of students: 30 per session at your school/organization
  • Intended Grade Level: all ages
  • Price: $150 for one program; $140 for two programs; $125 for three or more programs.
    For destinations more than 25 miles away from the museum one-way, an additional cost will be incurred.
  • Location: at your site

Cycle of Life Discovery Tour

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Overview

Do you look like your parents? Do you eat the same things they do? Why is that? Explore how diverse organisms change as they grow and develop, and which ones are just like their parents. Food webs are good for more than just who eats who, find out how all life works together! (Previously Habitats & Their Inhabitants)

Stations

  • life cycles in nature
  • life cycle matching
  • biodiversity intro
  • biodiversity hunt

Standards

NGSS: 1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1

Details

  • Live Animals: Yes
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Minimum number of students: 15
  • Maximum number of students*: 125 students at the Museum, 25 per small group with Museum Educator
  • Intended Grade Level: 1-3
  • Price*: $10 per participant/student
  • Location: at DelMNS

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Environments & Survival Discovery Tour

Overview

Explore survival through the lens of Grove Snails! Visit for hands-on experiences to enhance understanding and appreciation of topics such as varied populations, biomimicry, camouflage, and the function of teeth/mouths. Includes meeting one of our live animal ambassadors.

Stations

  • snail sort
  • biomimicry
  • mouths
  • camouflage

Standards

NGSS: 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2

Details

  • Live Animals: Yes
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Minimum number of students: 15
  • Maximum number of students*: 125 students at the Museum, 25 per small group with Museum Educator
  • Intended Grade Level: K-4
  • Price*: $10 per participant/student
  • Location: at DelMNS

SENSE-ational Animals Discovery Tour

Overview

Animals have the same five senses as humans. Compare and contrast our senses to those of animals around the world with special adaptations.

Stations

  • Sight
  • Hearing
  • Smell
  • Touch
  • Taste

Standards

Details

  • Live Animals: Yes
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Minimum number of students: 15
  • Maximum number of students*: 125 students at the Museum, 25 per small group with Museum Educator
  • Intended Grade Level: K-4
  • Price*: $10 per participant/student
  • Location: at DelMNS

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2024 Longwood Gardens Community Read: The Secret Garden: Mobile Museum

Overview

In the children’s book, The Secret Garden, based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the characters discover a secret all their own.

As part of the Longwood Gardens Community Read Program, the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science comes to you. This program is great for organizations such as libraries, daycares, after-school groups, and classrooms.

Who doesn’t love a secret? The Secret Garden will come to you with one of our educators. Learn to love the outdoors through this interactive hour including an interactive book reading, a scene-setting 10×10 tent, and plenty of touchable specimens. Be prepared to get dirty hands!

Possible Activities (at the educators discretion)

  • Reading of The Secret Garden
  • Planting activity

Standards

NGSS: 2-LS4-1
 
CCSS: RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.10, RL.1.3

Details

  • Live Animals: Yes
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Minimum number of students: 10
  • Maximum number of students: 30 per session at your school/organization
  • Intended Grade Level: PreK-5
  • Price: $150 for one program; $140 for two programs; $125 for three or more programs.
    For destinations more than 25 miles away from the museum one-way, an additional cost will be incurred.
  • Location: at your site

Self-Guided: Discovery Tour

Overview

Explore the museum WITHOUT a tourguide/Museum Educator, and check-out the exhibits at your own pace.

Details

  • Live Animals: No
  • Minimum number of students: 10
  • Maximum number of students*: 125 students at the Museum, 25 per small group with Museum Educator
  • Intended Grade Level: All ages
  • Price*: $10 per participant/student
  • Location: at the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science

Delaware & Beyond: Discovery Tour

Overview

We’ll take you on a guided tour of the museum’s new galleries, featuring a variety of ecosystems near and far. Experience hands-on science, interactive exhibits, up-close encounters with live animals, and a visit to our PaleoZone featuring Cretaceous creatures, including dinosaurs.

Stations

  • 2 stops in our Regional Journey Gallery
  • 2 stop in our Global Journey Gallery
  • Connecting them all through the concept of CYCLES

Standards

n/a

Details

  • Live Animals: No
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Minimum number of students: 10
  • Maximum number of students*: 125 students at the Museum, 25 per small group with Museum Educator
  • Intended Grade Level: All ages
  • Price*: $10 per participant/student
  • Location: at the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science

TRAIT-astic Mobile Museum

Overview

Have you ever wondered why you look the way you do? What about why some plants are big while others are small? Or even why birds have all different colors of feathers? We will come to you with some hands-on activities/games to explore these possibilities.

Possible Activities (at the educators discretion)

  • What is a TRAIT?
  • Birds of Paradise images and information

Standards

NGSS: 1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4

Details

  • Live Animals: No
  • Duration: 1.5 hours recommended
  • Minimum number of students: 10
  • Maximum number of students: 30 per session at your school/organization
  • Intended Grade Level: PreK-5
  • Price: $150 for one program; $140 for two programs; $125 for three or more programs.
    For destinations more than 25 miles away from the museum one-way, an additional cost will be incurred.
  • Location: at your site

Amazing Animal Adaptations Mobile Museum

Overview

Venom, claws, and stripes…Oh my! Explore these incredible animal adaptations with our live animals and amazing specimens from around the world.

Possible Activities (at the educators discretion)

  • Define Adaptation
  • touchables to reinforce what adaptations are
  • Read, “The Mixed Up Chameleon”
  • Camouflage Quilt activity

Standards

NGSS: K-LS1-1

Details

  • Live Animals: Yes
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Minimum number of students: 10
  • Maximum number of students: 30 per session at your school/organization
  • Intended Grade Level: PreK-5
  • Price: $150 for one program; $140 for two programs; $125 for three or more programs.
    For destinations more than 25 miles away from the museum one-way, an additional cost will be incurred.
  • Location: at your site

Dinos, Dinos, Dinos Mobile Museum

Overview

Dinosaurs come in all shapes and sizes. Explore real fossils, see different tools, and learn what makes a dinosaur.

Possible Activities (at the educators discretion)

  • Reading a dinosaur themed book
  • explore a paleontologist’s backpack
  • investigate the length/size of various dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures
  • how fossils are created
  • fossil touchables
  • fossil making

Standards

n/a

Details

  • Live Animals: No
  • Duration: up to 1 hour
  • Minimum number of students: 10
  • Maximum number of students: 30 per session at your school/organization
  • Intended Grade Level: PreK-5
  • Price: $150 for one program; $140 for two programs; $125 for three or more programs.
    For destinations more than 25 miles away from the museum one-way, an additional cost will be incurred.
  • Location: at your site