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Hostetter Museum of Natural History

EMU’s on-site museum facilities are closed during the 2017-2018 academic school year due to the renovations of Suter Science Center. Check out our Outreach Program in the fall of 2018 to continue to access our resources.

Workshops, Field Trips and Programs

WorkshopsEducators may choose one of the following hands-on workshops when scheduling their visit. Field trips enhance the Standards of Learning through activities that are:

  • Hands-on: Construct meaning and acquire understanding by participating in science.
  • Minds-on: Develop thinking processes, use questioning and seek answers to enhance knowledge and understanding of the physical universe.
  • Authentic: Incorporate authentic, real-life discovery that encourages collaboration, dialogue with informed expert sources, and connections to broader ideas and applications.

Teacher preview days

Call or email to arrange a free visit to preview the museum collection and collect ideas for before, during, and after your field trip: 540-432-4409,


Teachers have the opportunity to choose from among several short videos for class viewing during your visit. Topics are related to the programs listed for workshops. For choices and selection, please contact the museum in advance of your visit at 540-432-4400 or

Special topics are available by request. Examples include: owls and owl pellets as well as mammalian teeth adaptations.

Amazing Adaptations workshop

(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, LS9, LS14, ES2, BIO1)

Students learn how animals adapt to different habitats and environments, including feeding specializations and predator/prey concepts.

NEW – We All Live in a Watershed workshop

(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, 6.5, 6.9, LS.7)

Students gain an understanding of the physical aspects of watersheds, learn about the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and the issues it faces. Participants investigate natural processes and human interactions
that affect watershed systems. Project paid for by funds generated from the sale of Chesapeake Bay license plates.

Getting to Know Rocks and Fossils workshop

(K.1, K.2, K.4, K.9, 1.1, 1.8, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.10, 4.8, 5.1, ES5, ES6, ES7, ES8, ES10, BIO7, BIO8)

Students identify rock and mineral types and learn about local geology, fossil formation and the rock cycle.