The Nature Nook is a special place for young children to enjoy interactive, creative play.

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.

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.

Programs for our youngest friends

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.

  • January 25 or 26 | February 8 or 9 | February 22 or 23 | March 7 or 8 | March 21 or 22 | April 4 or 5 | April 18 or 19 | May 2 or 3

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. 

Dino Tots

For ages 3-5 and an accompanying adult

Monthly STEAM-based fun. Programs may include live animals presentations, creative works of art, science & outdoor exploration, music & movement, stories, games, activities and more.

  • Mondays: January 29, February 26, March 18, April 29

Only one adult may accompany each Tot, and one adult is required per Tot. Pre-registration required. $10/Tot & Free/Adult for members, $24.50/Tot & $14.50/Adult for non-members. 

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.