Stones & Bones Discovery Tour

Overview

RAIN OR SHINE! Our education staff takes you on a geologic tour of the museum featuring hands-on activities with rock specimens, fossils, and science demonstrations. Students learn about the rock cycle, the geologic history of Delaware, how fossils form, and how to identify some common minerals. This is a slightly longer program and takes two hours to complete.

Stations

  • rock garden / Delaware geologic history
  • Mineral ID
  • Rock cycle passport
  • fossils

Standards

NGSS: MS-ESS1-4, MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-3

Details

  • Live Animals: Yes
  • Duration: 2 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: 4-8
  • Price*: $10 per participant/student
  • Location: at DelMNS

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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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Exploring Extinction Discovery Tour

Overview

Travel back in time at the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science. Students will explore dinosaurs, fossils, and especially extinction through hands-on activities as well as inquiry-based learning. One of our stations even includes meeting some live dinosaurs!

Stations

  • ancestor scavenger hunt
  • fossil dig
  • what is extinction?
  • Meet a dinosaur

Standards

NGSS: 1-LS3-1, 2PS1-1, 2-ESS1-1, 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: 1-2nd grade
  • Price*: $10 per participant/student
  • Location: at DelMNS

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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African Animals Discovery Tour

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Overview

The animals of Africa have adapted to live in a variety of ecosystems within Africa’s borders. Together, we explore these fascinating creatures and learn how to draw connections to creatures that may even be in our backyards!

Stations

  • Current local relatives
  • Meet an animal
  • Unique animals of Africa
  • Past ancestors

Standards

NGSS: n/a

Details

  • Live Animals: Yes
  • 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: 1
  • 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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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