Summer 2021 Programs

for Children and Families

Our summer programs run from

July 6th to August 13th

Free science lessons are available for groups of 15 or more. Reservations are required for all groups. Our maximum capacity for summer is 30 children.

Field trips start in the historic lecture hall with a lesson by our museum educator. Groups then explore nature through guided experiences in the museum and teaching garden (weather permitting).

Museum Field Trips 

These programs are appropriate for all ages and last approximately an hour. Part of the program will take place outdoors (weather permitting). Each day has a specific lesson topic:

Tuesdays: INSECT ADAPTATIONS

Why are insects the most successful living thing on the planet? From camouflage to mimicry, learn how insects adapt to live all over the world.

Wednesdays: OCEAN LIFE

What kinds of mysterious creatures inhabit the earth’s vast oceans? Learn about the intriguing world of underwater life.

Thursdays: CITY NATURE

Where can we find nature in the city? Learn about urban ecology and living and non living relationships in our city environment.

Fridays: POLLINATOR POWER

Why are flowers so important to us? Learn about different animal pollinators and their impact on our lives.


Fridays in the Field

Explore the local ecosystem in the Wagner's teaching garden on Fridays from 1-3:30pm. Outdoor activities include:

  • Find and identify city birds who fly through our garden

  • Make your own sundial to tell the time

  • Observe bees and butterflies as they fly around in the pollinator garden

  • Use a dichotomous key to identify different types of trees 

  • Take time and draw what you see

Groups generally spend an hour. One chaperone required for every 5 students. Small family groups are welcome without a reservation. Large groups encouraged to make reservation.

Virtual Lessons

If your group cannot come in person, we also offer virtual lessons. These programs are appropriate for all ages, last approximately 30 minutes and take place on Google Meet. Lessons topics include:

ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS

FOOD CHAINS 

URBAN ECOLOGY 

Scavenger hunts & follow up activities will be provided after the lesson


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.

To schedule a program: please fill out this Reservation Request Form.

PLEASE READ OUR POLICIES FOR OUR PROGRAMS BEFORE SCHEDULING A VISIT.

Please email or call 215-763-6529 x17 with any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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