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

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Discovery Tours

Educators and group leaders: looking for a wild experience for your classes or groups? The newly-renovated Delaware Museum of Nature and Science has something for everyone!

Delaware & Beyond

For all ages

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. What a great way to beat the heat this summer!

Home Sweet Habitat

Grades preK-K

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 hep them identify these key components.

Habitats & Their Inhabitants

Grades 1-2

Organisms need to survive and thrive. In this tour, we focus on specific species who get their water, food, air, shelter, & space in unique ways. Using hands-on activities and our brand new exhibits, explore the peculiar ways certain plants and animals get what they need to do what they do best.

$9 per student
One teacher/chaperone per 10 children
$12.95 per additional counselors or chaperones
1-1.5 hours
Minimum 15 paid participants per Discovery Tour or $135.
Participants will be split into groups of approximately 20 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 9:30 a.m.-4:30 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 five business days of completing and submitting your registration form.

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.

Mobile Museum

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.

Buggin’ Out: PreK
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!

Looking Out My Backdoor: PreK
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.

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

How it’s Made: PreK-2nd grade
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. NGSS: K-PS3-1, K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, 1-LS3-1, 2-PS1-1, 2-LS2-1

We Planted a Tree (Longwood Gardens Community Read Program)
We Planted a Tree, two young families in two different parts of the world each plant a tree. Join us as we explore what it takes for trees to grow and how they impact our lives and the lives of other plants and animals.

Animal Adaptations: 3-4th grade
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: 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1

Most Extreme Animals: 5-6th grade
Travel around the world to see the amazing ways animals survive in different habitats. NGSS:

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.
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 five business days of completing your registration form.

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.

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.

Contact us for more information about School & Group program options!

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