For our youngest friends

The Nature Nook is especially designed for children ages 1 through 10, and the space promotes interaction between children and their grownups, which is an important aspect of early childhood learning. Children can explore a cave, stream, meadow, and woodland to explore wildlife and habitats using simple tools and their senses.

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New Naturalists

For babies birth to 2 and an accompanying adult

Hands-on, fun science activities for our youngest friends, under 3 years. Each week introduces a new topic along with coordinating craft or activity. Choose one or more sessions! Adults are required to attend the program with their child. Afterwards, stay to enjoy the museum. Pre-registration strongly suggested as these programs fill quickly! Thursday and Friday sessions are the SAME program so choose one day or the other. An extra change of clothes and shoes is recommended. Guests will go outside, weather permitting. Please limit one adult per child.

  • May 2 or 3, 9-9:30 a.m.

Member price: $7/child (birth to 3 years), Free for accompanying adult. Non-member price $11.50/child (birth to 3 years), $14.50 for accompanying adult. Pre-registration required, space is limited. 

Summer Camp for Wee Ones

Ages 3 and Under 

  • Wednesday Sessions: June 12–July 31 (No camp on July 3) | 9-10 a.m.
  • Thursday Sessions:  June 13–August 1 (No camp on July 4) | 9-10 a.m.

For our youngest friends, Summer Camp for Wee Ones is offered in two series: Wednesdays or Thursdays for seven consecutive weeks. Learn and have fun with hands-on science activities, including counting, matching, sorting, outdoor exploration, arts & crafts, and music & movement. Adults are expected to stay for the length of the program.

This program is scheduled for one hour. Participants are welcome to enjoy the museum after the program for the remainder of the day. Enjoy free time in the Nature Nook, explore the museum, or our outdoor area!

Members: $10/program or $60 for all 7 sessions. 

Non-member children: $23 or $150 for all 7 sessionsNon-member adults pay museum admission fee of $14.95  

Meet Ofelia

Every day at storytime, Ofelia Castañeda’s lilting voice rises above the chatter of young children.
She begins with a song that introduces the different parts of a book and encourages her guests to be comfortable while she reads.

As the museum’s Early Childhood and Professional Development Manager, Ofelia oversees the PNC Grow Up Great Nature Nook and creates programs for our youngest guests.

With a welcoming smile and friendly wave, Ofelia forges connections that foster a sense of belonging and encourages curiosity among our young guests and families.

The PNC Grow Up Great Nature Nook

For the last decade, museum educators have partnered with PNC Grow Up Great to develop, pilot and present professional development programs for early-childhood educators. In recognition of PNC’s support of the museum’s education programs and metamorphosis into the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science, the Nature Nook has been renamed the PNC Grow Up Great Nature Nook.