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Bring DelNature to You for K-12 Students

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DelNature’s Teacher Naturalist staff can Bring DelNature To You with activities and animals! Let us introduce your k-12 school students to the natural world and inspire them to care for wildlife. These programs are designed for grades K-12 unless specified otherwise.

Want more options? Our team can develop a customized lesson to suit your program needs.


Bring DelNature To You Programs from Ashland Nature Center

Animals In Winter (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $7/$3.50 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — View live animals and taxidermy specimens native to Delaware to learn about different strategies for winter survival. Investigate which animals hibernate, which stay awake, and which migrate. Request this program »

Demons, Dragons, And Damsels: Tales Of The Night Sky (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $7 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Learn night sky tales told by ancient peoples and discover the modern interpretations of these same phenomena – the tales that science tells. Ancient stories were born of inspiration and imagination, and varied from society to society. Explore the reasons for this variation and learn why scientific accounts do not depend on cultural differences. Use your imagination to create constellations and sky stories. This program can be customized to fit your current curriculum in the sciences or the humanities. Request this program »

Discovering Habitats On Your School Grounds (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $7 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Use senses to explore the places where animals live on your own school grounds. Search for evidence of the animals and plants that live near your school and learn how specific habitats provide different animals with the requirements they need to survive; food, water, shelter, and places to raise young. Request this program »

Insect Safari On Your School Grounds (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $7 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Discover insect characteristics, body structure, and diversity on your school’s grounds. Delaware Nature Society staff will guide an exploration of the school green space for students to collect and observe the insects found there. Request this program »

Native Americans (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $7 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Investigate the lives of the early inhabitants of Delaware as you examine tools and clothing. Experience several activities that the Lenni Lenape tribe participated in as you learn about Delaware’s Native Americans. Request this program »

Native Birds (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $7/$3.50 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Explore the unique and varied adaptations of native birds, including body shape, feathers, beaks and feet, and investigate how these adaptations help birds survive. View mounted specimens, nests, eggs, and listen to bird calls as you learn about species in our region. Request this program »

Native Wild Animals (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $7/$3.50 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Learn about wild animals that are native to Delaware while noting their similarities and differences. Examine the habitats and characteristics of these wild animals with live animals and taxidermy specimens. Request this program »

Owls In Delaware (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $7 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Learn about four species of owls common to Delaware. Examine their individual structures and adaptations for survival. View mounted specimens, listen to calls, and dissect owl pellets to explore the eating habits of owls. Owl pellet dissection available on request. Request this program »

Reptiles & Amphibians (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $7/$3.50 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Learn fascinating facts about frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, lizards, and snakes during this live animal presentation. Discover the differences between reptiles and amphibians and learn about their unique adaptations and differing life cycles. Request this program »

Seasonal Delight On Your School Grounds (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $7 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Take a sensory hike of your school’s property to discover how the seasons affect plants and animals that live around us. Use senses to explore the environment, identify structures of organisms, and compare and contrast the properties of the plants and animals you observe. Request this program »

Skull Study (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $7 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Handle and classify a variety of skulls from local mammals, birds, and reptiles. Examine teeth, eye, and nose structures to determine if unknown animals are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores and discover how different animals survive in their environments. Request this program »

Stream Investigation (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $7 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Examine stream water in your classroom. Identify basic types of stream pollution, use pH and dissolved oxygen test kits, sort and examine macro-invertebrates, and discuss how land use can affect water quality. Request this program »

Tree Discovery On Your School Grounds Outreach (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $7 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Take a tour of the trees on your school grounds led by Delaware Nature Society staff. Investigate the variety of trees and discuss the parts and functions of trees, how they grow, and why they are important for animals and for people. Request this program »

Unhuggables (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $7/$3.50 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — View live animals such as spiders, snakes and lizards to learn about the important role that these less popular and misunderstood animals play in the balance of nature. Request this program »


Bring DelNature To You Programs from DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC)

Animals Of The Marsh (DEEC)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $7/$3.50 per student plus $35 travel fee (Travel fee is waived for any program in the city of Wilmington). — Available: Year-round — Learn about the native animals inhabiting Wilmington’s own tidal marsh. See live animals and taxidermy, touch real animal furs. Register your group for both Animals of the Marsh (1/2 hour program) at your site and any field program for $9 per student! Request this program »

Nature In Your Neighborhood (DEEC)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $7/$3.50 per student plus $35 travel fee (Travel fee is waived for any program in the city of Wilmington). — Available: Year-round — Investigate your neighborhood in a whole new way. Explore the animals and plants that also call Wilmington home. Examine a robin’s nest, feel feathers, and touch a raccoon fur. Learn how animals survive city living. Register your group for both Nature in Your Neighborhood at your site and any field program for $9 per student! Request this program »


Bring DelNature To You Programs from Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Animals In Winter (Abbott’s)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $5 per student/$3 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round –Learn about different animals native to Delaware and their strategies for winter survival. Investigate which animals hibernate, which stay awake, and which migrate south. See and touch live animals, taxidermy and enjoy a story. Request this program »

Birds In Focus (Abbott’s)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $5 per student/$3 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round –Explore the unique and varied adaptations of native birds, including body shape, beaks and feet. Investigate how these adaptations help them survive in their habitats. See mounted specimens and study the diversity of species in the Delmarva region. Use binoculars on a guided bird survey through different habitats. Find out how birds are affected by seasonal changes. Request this program »

Native Wild Animals (Abbott’s)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $5 per student/$3 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round –1 hour, $5/student + $35 travel fee30 minutes, $3/student — Learn about wild animals native to Delmarva while looking closely at live animals and taxidermy. Examine the habitats and characteristics of these wild animals and learn which species might live in your backyard. Request this program »

Owls In Delaware (Abbott’s)
— Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $6 perstudent plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Examine the structures and adaptations of four resident owl species of Delmarva. Study mounted specimens, listen and learn owl calls, and dissect owl pellets to explore the eating habits of owls. Request this program »

Reptiles & Amphibians (Abbott’s)
— Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $5 perstudent/$3 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Discover fascinating facts about frogs and toads, salamanders, turtles, and snakes during an exciting animal program. Live specimens aid in examining the differences between reptiles and amphibians and in exploring the significance of their unique adaptations and life cycles. Request this program »

Skull Study (Abbott’s, Grade 3-12)
— Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $5 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Use detective skills to identify and classify a variety of skulls from local mammals, birds, and reptiles. Examine teeth, eye, and nose structures to determine their function and how the animals live in their environments. For grades 3rd and up. Request this program »

Unhuggables (Abbott’s)
— Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $5 perstudent/$3 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Spiders, bats, snakes and lizards are all animals that make many people shudder. Learn about the remarkable role these less popular animals play in the balance of nature and explore their wondrous adaptations. Request this program »

Native Americans (Abbott’s, Grade 4-8)
Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: $5 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Investigate the lives of the early inhabitants of Delaware as you examine tools and clothing. Experience several activities that the Lenni Lenape tribe participated in as you learn about Delaware’s Native Americans. Request this program »

Incredible Insects (Abbott’s)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $6/$3 per student plus $35 travel fee — Available: Year-round — Discover our insect collection up close and personal with specimen boxes and hand lenses. Learn about insect characteristics and compare life cycles. Students will “become a bug” and examine adaptations to their habitats. Program ideal for Pre-K students through 3rd grade, but adaptable for older students. Request this program »