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Hostetter Museum of Natural History

Museum Outreach Program

Our outreach program is discontinued for the 2017-18 school year. We hope to re-open the outreach program in the fall of 2018. Our on-site facilities are currently closed for renovations. 

Our museum outreach program brings many of the same artifacts and hands-on experiences to your classrooms. Teachers may choose from the topics listed below. Each has been aligned to specific Virginia Science SOLs and designed primarily to introduce students to their natural world and reinforce key curricular concepts.

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Please use the online registration system. Our staff will reply to requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Our registration site will ask that you specify 3 dates and times that are convenient for our visit. We will try to accommodate one of those requested by you. If none are available, we will contact you for alternate times.

Amazing Adaptations

(K.1, K.2, K.6, 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.5, 3.4, 3.6, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8)
Students learn how animals adapt to different habitats and environments, including outer coverings, feeding adaptations, camouflage, teeth, and feet specialization.

Getting to Know Rocks, Fossils, and Minerals *

(K.1, K.2, K.4, K.9, 1.1, 1.8, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.10, 4.8, 5.1)
Students identify rock and mineral types, test mineral samples, and learn about local geology, fossil formation and the rock cycle.
(*program adaptable to exclude any of the three components, such as fossils, if desired)

Exploring the Natural World

(K.1, K.2, K.4, K.6, 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.8, 2.1, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 3.10, 4.1, 4.5, 4.8)
Students exploration focused on animal and plant adaptations, bones, shells, life cycles, ocean creatures, fossils, rocks, and minerals.

We All Live in a Watershed (AVAILABLE APRIL, 2017)

(K.1, K.2, K.10, 1.1, 1.8, 2.1, 2.5, 2.8, 3.1, 3.6, 3.9, 3.10, 4.1, 4.5, 4.8, 5.1)
Participants investigate natural processes and human interactions that affect watershed systems. Hands-on demonstration with tabletop watershed model

Museum educators come to your school, set-up, and present these programs to students. Each program is designed to be approximately 60-minutes, but may be adjusted as needed.


  • $90 one session
  • $135 for two sessions (same program)
  • $180 for three sessions (same program)
  • $225 for four sessions (same program)
  • additional charge of $0.50/mile for distances greater than 30 miles roundtrip from EMU