School Outreach Program Topics

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These outreach programs are designed for all grades (K-12) unless specified otherwise.

Have Ashland Come to You

Animals In Winter Classroom Outreach (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.

Demons, Dragons, And Damsels: Tales Of The Night Sky (Ashland)
Program Length: 1 hour — Fee: Free with application — 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 and is available free of charge through the Delaware Humanities Forum Visiting Scholars program. Information about arranging a program can be viewed here.

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.

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.

Native Americans Classroom Outreach (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.

Native Birds Classroom Outreach (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.

Native Wild Animals Classroom Outreach (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.

Owls In Delaware Classroom Outreach (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.

Reptiles & Amphibians Classroom Outreach (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.

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.

Skull Study Classroom Outreach (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.

Stream Investigation Classroom Outreach (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.

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.

Unhuggables Classroom Outreach (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.


Bring DEEC to You

Animals Of The Marsh Classroom Outreach
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 $8 per student!

Nature In Your Neighborhood Outreach
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 $8 per student!


Bring Abbott’s Mill to You

Animals In Winter Classroom Outreach (Abbott’s)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $5 perstudent/$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.

Birds In Focus Classroom Outreach (Abbott’s)
Program Length: 1 hour/1/2 hour — Fee: $5 perstudent/$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.

Native Wild Animals Classroom Outreach (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.

Owls In Delaware Classroom Outreach (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.

Reptiles & Amphibians Classroom Outreach (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.

Skull Study Classroom Outreach (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.

Unhuggables Classroom Outreach (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.

Native Americans Classroom Outreach (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.

Incredible Insects Classroom Outreach (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.