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 20 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.

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