Lesson for School Groups
These lessons are appropriate for students in second grade and above.
Lesson Topics: All programs include an interactive lesson to introduce the chosen topic, real natural history specimens, and a scavenger hunt in the museum gallery.
- Animal Adaptations: How do animals survive in their habitats? From camouflage to mimicry, learn how animals stay healthy and strong in many different environments.
- Butterflies & Moths: Learn the difference between a butterfly and a moth, and the traits that make these insects so amazing.
- Dinosaurs & Fossils: Learn how fossils reveal clues about the past. Distinguish dinosaur facts from fiction. Examine and touch genuine ancient plant and shell fossils.
- Evolution: Variation, Inheritance, Adaptations, Selection, and Time are the principles of Natural Selection. Discuss these concepts and examine evidence. NEW!
- Food Chains: Who eats whom is the name of the game! See how plants and animals fit into a variety of different food chains.
- Insects & Other Arthropods: Learn about the mysterious world of insects, spiders, crabs and more, from what they all have in common to the ways that they improve our lives.
- Ocean Life: The oceans are home to some of the earth’s most unusual living things. Learn about a variety of intriguing underwater creatures.
- Pollinator Power! Have you ever thought about how important flowers are? Learn about different animal pollinators and their impact on our lives.
- Rocks & Minerals: What exactly is a rock? What is a mineral? Learn about how rocks form and some of the special properties of minerals.
- Skeletons: Examine and compare a variety of animal skeletons while learning how endo- and exo-skeletons of different animals provide support, protection, and movement.
- Urban Ecology: Discover Philadelphia’s wild side! Learn how many animals make the city their home. Grades 4 and up.
Length of Visit: Ninety minutes.
Group Size: Minimum of 10 children, maximum of 60 children.
Chaperones: Please bring one adult for every 10 children.
Cost: All of our programs are free, although donations are encouraged. The recommended donation is $5 per child for a ninety-minute lesson. This is a suggestion - - any contribution your group can offer will make a difference.
Please read our Policies page before scheduling a visit.