New Educational Programming
This program is for middle and high school students. It includes a campus tour focusing on sustainable practices, visiting the solar thermal water heating system and the solar panel pavilion, and a tour of the Oakes Museum focusing on how unsustainable practices affect animal populations. Visit our Field Trip page for more information.
The Oakes Museum of Natural History will be offers educational, science-enrichment programming for homeschool families. Homeschool days include group lessons, hands-on activities, time for families to discover at their own pace and take-home extensions. Visit our Field Trip page for more information.
Isabel Masland Shell Collection
Captured by the beauty, diversity and intricacies of shells, Isabel Masland began collecting in her twenties and traveled the world for over forty years in search of specimens to add to her collection. Her passion for shell collecting has led her to the Philippines, Bhutan, several African countries, Costa Rica and back again. Isabel's impressive collection has been generously given to the Oakes Museum of Natural History so that the beautiful and wondrous world of shells can be explored by others.
NOTE: This collection is currently being catalogued while on exhibit.
Native American Ojibwe Regalia
"Regalia is who we are. It is part of our culture. " - Dale Singer
Part of the Singer Collection of Native American Artifacts, the authentic Ojibwe regalia is made of elk hide, turkey bones, and abalone shell. It features a prayer fan, medicine bag, and symbolic beads. This exhibit is located on the North American Floor.
For the Kids
Sensory Discovery Room
Children of all ages can observe rocks, minerals, shells, reptiles, and amphibians up close. Use the microscope to take a closer look at items from nature! Select a coloring page or track rubbing of your favorite Pennsylvania animal. Read a book about the animals found in the museum. Enjoy learning more about nature in this hands on room.
This month's focus is vernal ponds! Find out more about the frogs, salamanders and other animals that rely on vernal ponds for survival.
Looking for unique gifts or educational items that will enhance your museum experience after your visit? Our store is stocked with quality books, puppets, geological specimens and souvenirs for all ages.