Digging into Dinosaurs – ages 5 – 11 or adult/seniors.
Put a dinosaur “skeleton” together, draw a dinosaur’s
habitat, explore new dinosaur discoveries; handle real dinosaur
bones. Using overhead transparencies and modern-day bones,
become a paleontologist and learn what a dinosaur had for lunch.
Fossil Fun – ages 5 and up; adults/seniors. Make
a plaster cast of a fossil; do some fossil rubbings, handle a variety
of fossil types; look for fossils in sand; examine “mystery
Minerals and Mineral Collecting – ages 6 and up; adults/seniors.
Identify minerals using a homemade kit; see and handle a wide variety
of common minerals; take home a mineral.
Discover Rocks – ages 5 and up: adults/seniors.
See and handle a wide variety of the three types of rocks; label
a take-home rock; look at granite and types of NH rocks; make a
How to Do A Scientific Research Project – ages 8 through
middle school. Hands-on activities which illustrate how a
scientist conducts research. Do research on a common household
product during the program.
Nature Explorers – ages 4 – 10 or adults/seniors.
Program is tailor-made to your group and to the seasons. Entire
program is hands-on activities inside and/or outside.
Winter Wildlife – ages 5 – adult/seniors.
Hands-on, interactive winter wildlife activities outside and/or
inside which focus on how wildlife survives a NH winter. Make
track prints; look for wildlife signs, handle animal furs.
Seashore and Shells – ages 5 – adults/seniors.
Hands-on activities which focus on exploring the shapes, patterns,
similarities/differences among seashells. Make a seashore
plaque, seashell prints, or play seashore bingo. Emphasis
is on NH sea life.
Beetles, and Butterflies – ages 5 – adults/seniors.
Hands-on, interactive activities inside/outside focusing on life
cycles, varieties, numbers, and value of insects, butterflies, and
Creepy, Crawly, Critters – Ages 5 – adults/seniors.
Examine live and preserved animals with undeserving reputations.
Best time of year: spring, summer, or fall.
Reptiles and Amphibians – ages 5 – adults/ seniors.
Hear, touch, and/or see some of these misunderstood animals indoors
and/or outdoors (if there’s woods, stream or pond nearby).
Best season for this program is spring.
Animals That Hunt – ages 6 – adults/seniors.
Explore the predator/prey relationship with a story, game, and creative
activities. Dissect an owl pellet to see what an owl had for
lunch. Emphasis on NH predators.
Nature’s Surprise Packages – Ages 5-adults/seniors.
Interdisciplinary activities outside and/or inside using seeds including:
dissection, art, experiments, math, and gardening. Recommended
for fall or spring.
to Make a Terrarium: Fifteen or less, ages 5 – adults/seniors. Construct
a woodland terrarium to take home; very young children should have adult
help. Ideal to have the group take a nearby woodland walk to see
plant habitat. You must provide terrarium containers; plant materials
are provided. Offered only during late summer & early/mid fall. Science
Curriculum strands: 1a, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4b, 4c.
Soil is Super – ages 5 – adult/seniors. A variety
of activities, experiments, and demonstrations inside and outside
when the ground isn’t frozen including soil types, what’s
in soil, soil absorption, and soil importance.
What’s That Tree? Ages 8 – adult/seniors.
Enjoy an outdoor walk in your area to identify native trees.
Combine your walk with a variety of tree activities inside and outside.
The Human Body in Action – ages 6 – middle school;
small groups only. Activities, demonstrations, and experiments
exploring the senses, digestion, respiration, and/or circulation.
Make a working model of a human lung. Some activities not appropriate
for certain age groups.
Creating Naturally (a nature craft program) – ages
5 – adult/senior. Be creative with shells, sand, leaves,
cones, seeds, and other natural materials. Try leaf printing,
a seed mosaic, beeswax candles, plaster casting, and other techniques
to create beauty and utility. Additional cost for some materials.
Worms and Vermicomposting – ages 8 – adults/seniors.
Make a class or individual worm bin and learn about worms and composting
through activities and harmless experiments using live red worms.
Extra charge for worm bin containers.
Beaks, Feet, and Feathers – ages 4 – 10.
Handle feathers, bones, and feet to learn about bird adaptations.
Explore how feathers were used in the past; do some simple experiments.
Nature Walks – ages 4 – adults/seniors.
Enjoy a walk through your woodland. We’ll focus on the
plants, trees, wildlife, and their interrelationship. One
or more activities which develop observation skills will be included.
Discussion about what we observed following the walk.
Combined Programs/Other Topics:
Components of one program can be combined with those from another.
Additional topics plus slide programs of wildflowers, wildlife,
National Parks, and desert plants are available. If a topic
or program that you’d like is not listed, please call or e-mail
for more information.
Family Treasures: ages 10 – adult/seniors. (especially
appropriate for seniors). Using objects from the late 1800’s
and early 1900’s, along with overhead transparencies,
explore early school days and fashions of the period.
Standards in Historical Thinking from 1996
National Standards for History: Standard 1, 3, 5; K-12 Social
Studies Curriculum Framework, NH, 1995 (History)
FREE program: “The
Little Nature Museum…the Beginning of a Dream” –
a program for high school, adults, seniors, using overhead transparencies
to show what the Museum is, it’s history, services, and unique
features. A sampler of hands on museum artifacts included.