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Our educators are naturalists and scientists with a passion for teaching. They inspire curiosity and self-directed learning, so students of all ages become passionate naturalists, always interested in the world around them.

The Museum's classes take place in our awe-inspiring galleries, state-of-the-art Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, STEM Lab, classic learning hall and outdoor campuses. You can request a group visit by filling out this form.

For Teachers: The museum's education team is ready to work with you and your school to help your students engage in active learning that excites them. Our curriculum guides are designed to meet Next Generation Science Standards.

For Homeschool Groups and Families: Our Home School Days are a monthly offering of programs designed specifically for independent learning.

For Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs, and Boys and Girls Clubs (and other community organizations): We offer daytime museum classes and planetarium classes as well as opportunities to sleepover at the museum.


Group Fees

  • $5 per student for museum admission
  • $10 per student for 1 one hour Museum Class or Planetarium Class
  • $12 per student for 2 one hour Museum Classes or Planetarium Classes

Each chaperone for every 5 students gets in free with any additional chaperones asked to pay the student rate. There is a 12 student minimum at the $10 rate ($120 minimum) and a 10 student minimum at the $12 rate ($120 minimum).

For questions regarding group fees, please click here.

You can request a group visit by filling out this form.

Have questions? Email Drew Bush here.


Scavenger Hunts

Our Museum Educators came together to create uniquely informational yet absolutely fun scavenger hunts. From taking a closer look at Endangered and Extinct exhibits, to getting a chance to draw your most favorite bear, Closer Look Scavenger Hunts are bound to bring joy to your visit.

Are you visiting with a class? Take a peek at our "Closer Looks" for scavenger hunts based on objects on the main floor and exhibits around the museum. Designed and categorized by grade levels, they are available at our front desk along with clipboards and pencils but we encourage all schools to go ahead and bring the scavenger hunt they wish to embark on!  Volunteers at the front desk are there to help you with any questions you may have.

Pre-K and up

Grades 3 and up

Grades 5 and up

Closer Looks Exhibit