Summer 2015 Programs for Children

To schedule a visit, please fill out the

Online Registration Form

Please read our POLICIES page before scheduling a visit. Please email or call

215-763-6529 x17 with any questions.

Lesson topics are listed below by day of the week and age group.

Summer lessons are scheduled for one hour blocks:

10:00-11:00 AM

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

1:00-2:00 PM

2:30-3:30 PM

All programs include an interactive lesson to introduce the chosen topic,

real natural history specimens to touch,

and a scavenger hunt in the museum gallery.

Lesson Topics for Ages 6 and up:

Part of the program will take place outdoors (weather permitting)
  • AMAZING ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS  (Tuesdays)

How do animals survive in their habitats? Search outside for evidence of animals as you explore the local ecosystem.

  • A BEVY OF BIRDS!   (Wednesdays)

What features and behaviors make birds so unique? Learn this, and help Cornell University scientists count birds!

  • FUNGI FIND   (Thursdays)

Where do mushrooms grow in the garden? Find out more about these organisms and the plants they grow with.

  • INVESTIGATING INSECTS   (Friday mornings)

Why are there so many insects? See how many different kinds of insects you can find in the Wagner's backyard.

Length of visit: 60 minutes (20 minutes in the lecture hall, 20 minutes outside, 20 minutes in the museum)

Group Size: Minimum of 10 children, maximum of 30 children. Smaller groups will be combined to meet the maximum number.

Lesson Topics for Ages 3 to 6:

  • ANIMAL BABIES  (Tuesdays)

All animals were babies once! Find out how they make their way in the world.

  • DAYTIME AND NIGHTTIME ANIMALS   (Wednesdays)

How do nocturnal animals find what they need to survive? Learn which animals are busy all day and which come out at night.

  • DINOSAURS   (Thursdays)

What is a fossil? Learn how fossils give us clues about animals from millions of years ago.

  • INSECTS   (Friday mornings)

What makes an insect and insect? See a variety of specimens and learn why they are so important.

Length of visit: 60 minutes (30 minutes in the gallery, 30 minutes scavenger hunt)

Group Size: Minimum of 10 children, maximum of 30 children. Smaller groups will be combined to meet the maximum number.

Fridays in the Field (Friday afternoons, 1:00-2:00 or 2:30-3:30, all ages)

Explore the local ecosystem while completing a series of outdoor activities in the Wagner Institute yard.

  • Be a Citizen Scientist and help Cornell University scientists count birds.
  • See how many different kinds of insects you can find in the Wagner's yard.
  • Observe bees and butterflies as they pollinate the Institute's garden.
  • Use a dichotomous key to identify trees.
  • Draw what you see in nature.

Length of visit: 60 minutes

Group size: Fridays in the Field can accommodate up to 60 children. Smaller groups will be combined to meet the maximum number.

Fridays in the Field is sponsored in part by Whole Foods Market, Mid-Atlantic North Region in collaboration with the Philadelphia Beekeeper's Guild.

ALL SUMMER PROGRAMS:

Chaperones: Please bring adult chaperones:

  • one for every five children under 8 years of age;
  • one for every ten children over 8 years of age.

Note: Counselors under 18 years old do not count as adult chaperones.

Cost: All of our programs are free, although donations are encouraged. The recommended amount is $5 per child. This is a suggestion - - any contribution your group can offer will make a difference.

Please read our Policies page before scheduling a visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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