Summer 2018 Programs for Children

To schedule a visit, please fill out the

Online Registration Form

Please read our POLICIES page before scheduling a visit. Please email or call 215-763-6529 x17 with any questions.

Our summer session runs from

June 26th - August 10th

Summer lessons are scheduled for one hour blocks:

10:00-11:00 AM

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

1:00-2:00 PM

Friday afternoons from 1:00-3:30 are reserved for artist sketching in the gallery. Children’s activities are set for our outdoor program, Fridays in the Field.


Lesson Topics: All programs include an interactive lesson to introduce the chosen topic, real natural history specimens to touch, and a scavenger hunt in the museum gallery.

Lesson Topics are set for the date of the week.

Part of the program will take place outdoors (weather permitting)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians (Tuesday)

How are they different from other animals? How are they the same? Learn how these cold-blooded animals do their daily functions like move, hear, and breathe.

  • Pollinator Power (Wednesday)

Why are flowers so important to us? Learn about different animal pollinators and their impact on our lives.

  • Ocean Life (Thursday)

What kinds of mysterious creatures inhabit the earth’s vast oceans? Learn about the intriguing world of underwater life.

  • Dinosaurs & Fossils (Friday mornings)

How realistic is Jurassic Park? Learn how fossils reveal clues about the Mesozoic era, when dinosaurs ruled the world.


Length of visit: 60 minutes (20 minutes in the lecture hall, 20 minutes outside, 20 minutes in the museum)

Group Size: Minimum of 10 children, maximum of 30 children. Smaller groups will be combined to meet the maximum number.


(Friday afternoon: 1:00-2:00 and 2:30-3:30)

Explore the local ecosystem while completing a series of outdoor activities in the Wagner Institute garden.

  • Find and identify Philadelphia city birds who fly through our yard.
  • See how many different kinds of insects you can find in Wagner’s yard and in the Malaise trap.
  • Observe bees and butterflies as they fly around the Institute’s pollinator garden.
  • Use a dichotomous key to identify all the types of tree that we have.
  • Take time and draw what you see.

Length of visit: 60 minutes

Group Size: Fridays in the Field can accommodate up to 45 children. Smaller groups will be combined to meet the maximum number.



Chaperones: Please bring adult chaperones:

  • one for every five children under 8 years of age;
  • one for every ten children over 8 years of age.

Note: Counselors under 18 years old do not count as adult chaperones.

Cost: All of our programs are free, although donations are encouraged. The recommended amount is $5 per child. This is a suggestion - - any contribution your group can offer will make a difference.

Please read our Policies page before scheduling a visit.


























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