DISCOVERY TOURS

To schedule a tour at the Museum or at your venue, please call 302-658-9111, ext. 305 or email jsteinhauer[at]delmnh.orgIf you don't see a program listed that meets your needs, contact our Education Department to discuss additional options.

Click here for a PDF of our 2014 Discovery Tours Brochure.


Discovery Tours at the Museum 

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is a fun and interactive destination where teachers can bring their students to learn about the natural world.  School-aged children will experience the Museum in new and exciting ways through hands-on programs that are designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards.

 Animal Programs:

  • Pre-K- 2nd grade: Animals Make Sense; Animal Homes
  • 3rd grade and above: Bizarre Beasts; African Animals
  • All ages: Endangered Species

DE SS: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Units: Senses, Organisms, Structures of Life, Ecosystems
NGSS: Earth’s Systems, Earth and Human Activity, Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity, Energy, From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes.

Habitat Programs:

  • Pre-K- 2nd grade: The Changing Seasons; Down by the Bay
  • 3rd grade and above: Wetland Wonders; Underwater Appetites, Rocks & Minerals
  • All ages: Under the Sea; Deserts!

DE SS: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Units: Senses, Organisms, Life Cycle of Living Things, Water, Structures of Life, Trees, Weather, Soils, Insects/Life Cycle of Butterflies, Land and Water, Ecosystems, Delaware Watersheds, Earth Materials, Earth History
NGSS: Earth’s Systems, Earth and Human Activity, Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, Energy, Matter and Its Interactions, Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits.

Dinosaur Programs:

  • Pre-K- 2nd grade: Meet the Dinosaurs!
  • 3rd grade and above: Dinosaurs Unearthed; Prehistoric Delmarva

DE SS: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Units: Senses, Weather, Life Cycles, Earth Materials, Structures of Life, Ecosystems, Earth’s History
NGSS: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Bird Programs:

  • Pre-K- 2nd grade: For the Birds
  • 3rd grade and above: Birds of the World

DE SS: 1, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Units: Senses, Organisms, Life Cycles of Living Things, Structures of Life, Ecosystems
NGSS: Earth and Human Activity, Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, Earth’s Systems, Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity, From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes.

Invertebrate Programs:

  • Pre-K- 2nd grade: Build a Bug
  • 3rd grade and above: Amazing Arthropods; Molluskmania!

DE SS: 1, 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Units: Senses, Organisms, Life Cycles of Living Things, Water, Structures of Life, Ecosystems
NGSS: Earth and Human Activity, Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, Earth’s Systems, Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity, From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes.


Design Your Own Program 

If you don’t see a program that suits your needs, we'll work with you to custom design one just for you!

One program: $5 per student.
Two programs: $8 per student.  (Available for 3rd grade and above)


 Discovery Tours at Your Doorstep

If you can’t come to the Museum, we’ll bring the Museum to you! We offer exciting, hands-on outreach programs for schools, day cares, community organizations, libraries and more. We’ll bring amazing, touchable specimens from our teaching and live animal collections to your doorstep! We also offer enriching and engaging puppet show outreaches for preschool and early elementary audiences. 

Animal Outreach Programs:

  • Puppet Shows: Frog Stomp; Wake up, Mr. Bear!; Super Powers!, Galapagos Comings and Goings
  • Pre-K- Kindergarten: Animals A to Z; Backyard Animals
  • All ages: American Animals; Bats; Slither, Crawl and Hop!; Whoo’s Out There?, Endangered Species

Habitat Outreach Programs:

  • Puppet Shows: Taking Care of Our Earth; Undersea Adventures; A Dry, Dry Day
  • Pre-K- 2nd grade: The Changing Seasons; Down by the Bay; Oceans Alive!
  • 3rd grade and above: Wetland Wonders; Under the Sea; Deserts around the World

Dinosaur Outreach Programs:

  • Puppet Show: Who is My Mommy?
  • All ages: Dinosaurs!

Bird Outreach Programs:

  • Pre-K- 2nd grade: For the Birds
  • 3rd grade and above: Birds of the World

Invertebrate Outreach Programs:

  • Pre-K- 2nd grade: Build a Bug, What Good are Worms?
  • 3rd grade and above: Amazing Arthropods; Molluskmania!
  • All ages: Creepy Crawlies

Programs are approximately one hour long and are available Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with Sundays available upon request. The cost of the outreach programs are $5 per person. Puppet shows are available for a flat rate fee of $125 with a maximum attendance of 30 children.


Special Exhibit Tours

Come visit the Museum’s special exhibits with your class for a limited time only! Get the inside scoop on a variety of fascinating subjects and get up close with rarely-seen specimens unavailable to the general public. These programs are great for all ages.

Our upcoming special exhibits include:

  • Charlie & Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure (Through May 26, 2014)
  • Bugs: Outside the Box (June 13 - September 1, 2014)
  • Titanoboa: Monster Snake (September 27, 2014 - January 30, 2015)

Endangered Species Assembly

Museum educators showcase endangered animals from around the world and talk about their natural history, geography, conservation efforts, and chances for survival. Includes amazing specimens from the Museum’s education collection. Schools must be able to support a PowerPoint presentation and provide a projection screen and sound system.

The price for a one-hour program is $200.


Education Fund

Children who receive free or reduced breakfast or lunch qualify for one free Discovery Tour at the Museum and one free Discovery Tour at Your Doorstep per school year. To receive assistance, schools must fax a letter on school letterhead indicating the number of qualifying children at least two weeks before the tour. Please fax to 302-658-2610, Attn: Education Programs Facilitator. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For scheduling and more information, please call 302-658-9111, ext. 305 or email jsteinhauer@delmnh.org.

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