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Discovery Tours and Mobile Museum outreach programs for schools, early childhood centers, and community organizations.

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Discovery Tours

Programs are NGSS-aligned and led by trained and knowledgeable museum educators with experience in a variety of areas including working with ELL’s, ESL’s, special education groups and behavioral supports.
Additional programs are available to meet your curriculum needs or can be designed and implemented for you and your organization.

Delaware & Beyond: Discovery Tour

We’ll take you on a guided tour of the museum’s new galleries, featuring a variety of ecosystems near and far.

Self-Guided: Discovery Tour

Explore the museum without a tour-guide, and check out our exhibits at your own pace.

SENSE-ational Animals Discovery Tour

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

Dino Descendants (Birds) Discovery Tour

Fly (or don’t) to the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science to investigate the birds that rule our skies today.

Home Sweet Habitat Discovery Tour

What do living things need to survive and thrive?

Grove Snails come in a variety of patterns, why is that?

Environments & Survival Discovery Tour

Explore survival through the lens of Grove Snails!

Students getting hands-on experience digging for fossils

Exploring Extinction Discovery Tour

Travel back in time at the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science. Students will explore dinosaurs, fossils, and especially extinction through hands-on…

Students comparing a real frog life cycle versus our models on display

Cycle of Life Discovery Tour

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 whi…

Our rock garden is a great addition to see real Delaware natural resources

Stones & Bones Discovery Tour

Our education staff takes you on a geologic tour of the museum featuring hands-on activities with rock specimens, fossils, and science demonstrations.…

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TRAVELING EXHIBIT: Mindbender Mansion

Join the Not-so-secret Mindbender Society today by solving puzzles and problem solving!

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Discovery Tour Information & FAQ’s

$10 per participant/student
Adults are covered at a 10:1 participant to adult ratio; Paraprofessionals/Nurses/Aides are covered at a 1:1 ratio
$13 per additional adult not covered under these ratios
1-1.5 hours (unless otherwise stated)
Minimum 15 paid participants per Discovery Tour or $150.
Participants will be split into groups of approximately 25 for the various activities during the tour.

Your group is welcome to explore the museum’s galleries and outdoor areas before or after your tour (depending on the tour start time). Allow for at least an hour for free exploration. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The outdoor areas and back patio are open for all museum guests to use for snack and lunch on a first-come, first-served basis.

To schedule a Discovery Tour, please fill out a registration form.
Programs must be scheduled at least three 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 DelMNS Education Team within two weeks of completing and submitting your registration form. If you do not hear back from DelMNS by three weeks out, please feel free to follow up, and check your spam folder in case your email ended up there. In order to ensure a smooth process, please add “@delmns.org” domains to your safe contact list.

Any questions? Please contact the Registration Coordinator at education@delmns.org or 302-658-9111, ext. 331.

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 Discovery Tour programming:

All participants over the age of 2 years old are required to maintain adequate social distancing. Masks are optional but recommended for all participants.

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 DelMNS staff based on new or increased concerns over Covid-19.

If you have any questions regarding protocols, please contact us.

Museum Rules

When school groups arrive for a Discovery Tour, we go over a few rules with the students. Here’s a PDF to share in advance of your visit!

Testimonials

“Christina was professional, friendly, accommodating, and amazing with camper interaction. Matt was beyond helpful in planning and booking our trip. He was quick to respond to my MANY questions and adjustments. The staff and volunteers during our trip were attentive and engaging with the campers and chaperones to answer questions and streamline our visit. We all had a blast!”

– Group Leader

“A hands-on educational day. Some members of our group didn’t even want to leave when it was closing time! Our educator for the day was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the topic we were studying (geology) and he was really great with answering student questions.”

– Group Leader

Mobile Museum and Virtual Outreach Programs

Outreach Programs bring the fun of a field trip to you! We offer exciting, hands-on programs for camps, 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. Additional programs are available to meet your curriculum needs or can be designed and implemented for you and your organization. Virtual options are available by request!

Dinos, Dinos, Dinos Mobile Museum

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

pufferfish have an adaptation that allows them to puff up when they sense danger

Amazing Animal Adaptations Mobile Museum

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

Buggin’ Out Mobile Museum

There are many different insects in the world, and even right here in Delaware!

students get hands on experiences with real specimens like our grey squirrel

Looking Out My Backdoor Mobile Museum

Find out what’s outside your door and learn how important all creatures are.

celestial bodies all influence each other

Earth’s Place in Space Mobile Museum

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.

How It’s Made Mobile Museum

Examine how wood is grown (trees), how we use some natural resources, and how we combine many resources to use things that we use every day.

TRAIT-astic Mobile Museum

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 co…

Most Extreme Animals Mobile Museum

Travel around the world to see the amazing ways animals survive in different habitats.

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

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Mobile Museum Information & FAQ’s

Fees and General Information
$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 (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 the museum one-way will be charged a travel fee.

0-25 miles: included in program fee
26-35 miles: $15
36-45 miles: $30
46-55 miles: $45
56-65 miles: $60
66-75 miles: $75
76-85 miles: $90
86-95 miles: $105
96-105 miles: $120

 

To schedule a Mobile Museum, please fill out a registration form.
Programs must be scheduled at least three 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 DelMNS Education Team within two weeks of completing your registration form. If you do not hear back from DelMNS by three weeks out, please feel free to follow up, and check your spam folder in case your email ended up there. In order to ensure a smooth process, please add “@delmns.org” domains to your safe contact list.

Any questions? Please contact the Registration Coordinator at education@delmns.org or 302-658-9111, ext. 331.

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

All outreach program 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. DelMNS will follow the host organization’s policies regarding masking.

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 museum staff based on new or increased concerns over Covid-19.

If you have any questions regarding protocols, please contact us.

Testimonials

“This was an excellent experience for our students. Your staff was very knowledgeable and did an excellent job of keeping our students engaged. 50% of our student population have special needs including Autism and the staff were able to keep those kiddos engaged. It was wonderful and we are grateful that you were able to come all the way to Sussex County.”

– Administrator

“I thought Brittley was very informative and patient with our 4-year-olds! I enjoyed the program and thought our children learned and had a lot of fun!”

– Teacher

Longwood Gardens Community Read

Mobile Museum Outreach Program

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!

$150 per program, maximum 40 participants.

Design your own

Can’t find exactly what you are looking for? Design your own Discovery Tour or Mobile Museum program with themes such as behind the scenes, museum careers, live animal care, specialized biology subjects and many more.

Financial Aid

Grant funding is limited and based on financial need.  Proof of qualification of free/reduced lunch recipients may be requested. Decisions about disbursements are made based upon the following:

Indicator of Financial Need% of funding for Discovery ToursBusing% of funding for Mobile Museums
60 to 100% of students eligible for Free & Reduced LunchUp to 100% Up to 100% IF funding availableUp to 100%
50% of students eligible for Free & Reduced LunchUp to 50% Up to 50% IF funding availableUp to 50%
40% of students eligible for Free & Reduced LunchUp to 40% Up to 40% IF funding availableUp to 40%
30% of students eligible for Free & Reduced LunchUp to 30% Not availableUp to 30%
20% of students eligible for Free & Reduced LunchUp to 20% Not availableUp to 20%
Below 20% of students eligible for Free & Reduced LunchNot eligible for scholarship fundsNot availableNot available
Updated August 24, 2023

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