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

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

Home Sweet Habitat Discovery Tour

Overview

What do living things need to survive and thrive? All over the world and even in our state there are some amazing relationships plants and animals have with their environment! Using hands-on activities and our brand-new exhibits, take a glimpse into a moment in time for these amazing creatures. Participants may even learn a rhyme to help them identify these key components.

Stations

  • Water
  • Food
  • Air
  • Shelter
  • Space

Standards

GS: 24, 25 / NGSS: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1

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: PreK-K
  • Price*: $10 per participant/student
  • Location: at DelMNS

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Dino Descendants (Birds) Discovery Tour

Overview

Fly (or don’t) to the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science to investigate the birds that rule our skies today. We investigate key features that make these amazing animals unique. Meet an animal and figure out how they are related to prehistoric creatures. Come find out how birds have survived on our planet for millions of years!

Stations

  • Nests
  • Beaks
  • Feathers
  • Eggs

Standards

NGSS: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-3

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: PreK-K
  • Price*: $10 per participant/student
  • Location: at DelMNS

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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

Earth’s Place in Space Mobile Museum

Overview

Hop and dance your way through the solar system, ending on Earth. Explore how what’s up in the sky affects what’s living on the Earth.

Possible Activities (at the educators discretion)

  • When you look up what do you see?
  • Review of order of planets/ celestial bodies in our solar system
  • what is a solar system
  • mnemonic device
  • Vocabulary word: GRAVITY
  • Gravity Well activity
  • How does our solar system effect life on Earth (Daytime -vs- Nighttime)
  • Vocabulary words: crepuscular, diurnal, nocturnal
  • touchables to accompany and reinforce “types” of animals

Standards

n/a

Details

  • Live Animals: No
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Minimum number of students: 10
  • Maximum number of students: 30 per session at your school/organization
  • Intended Grade Level: K-2
  • 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

Looking Out My Backdoor Mobile Museum

Overview

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.

Possible Activities (at the educators discretion)

  • Discussion: What animals do you see when you look outside?
  • highlight some key creatures with accompanying specimens
  • Review how these creatures interact – introduce food chain
  • What happens when we remove a link in the food chain?

Standards

GS: 24,25

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-K
  • 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