Public Hours

  • Saturdays 1-5 p.m.
  • School/Tour groups
    by appointment only


Admission Prices

Adults: $6.50

Children (4-18): $4.00

Seniors (55+): $4.00

Children 3 & under are admitted free

All major credit cards accepted

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"The students' classroom knowledge of rocks and birds from throughout the year was reinforced by the lessons presented by the Oakes Museum staff." - Homeschool Parent

"The museum educators were fabulous!" - Visitor

"The students were engaged throughout the day, and new learning and application of previous learning took place." - 8th Grade Teacher










at The Oakes Museum of Natural History

Family Programs

These programs are designed for children to learn alongside a parent or guardian. 

Each program will be offered:

9:30 - 12:00 K-4th focus

* indicates morning only

1:00 - 3:30 - 5th-10th focus – this is a drop-off program

Cost $10/child (Infants are free.)

The Scoop on Scat

February 9 - 9:30 - 11:30 (K-4th)

February 9 - 12:30-3:00 (5th-10th)

February 13* - 9:30-11:30 (K-4th)

Students will learn how to identify animals by their scat, why scientists study scat and other interesting facts!  


March 3* - 9:30-11:30 (K-4th)

March 7 - 9:30-11:30 (K-4th)

March 7 - 12:30-3:00 (5th-10th)

Students will learn the natural history of the tallest animal in the world, along with current conservation information.

Animals in Spring

March 27 - 9:30-11:30 (K-4th)

March 27 - 12:30-3:00 (5th-10th)

April 17* - 9:30-11:30 (K-4th)

Come ready for a hike! 
Students will discover what animals are up to in the springtime.

Pre-registration and prepayment is required.

Space is limited so register early!


Lab Classes

6th – 12th Grade Students



March 13, 12:30-2:30


(just register and pay for the afternoon, but leave a comment that you are coming in the morning)

Students will conduct multiple experiments as they learn how to know if a chemical reaction has occurred, and gain basic information on chemistry.   ($15)

Vision Lab

March 14, 9:30-noon

March 17, 1-3:30

Students will learn the anatomy the eye using models and by dissecting a sheep eye.  They will also perform vision tests to learn how the eye works.

Muscles Lab

March 14, 1-3:30

March 17, 9:30-noon

Students will use microscopes to study the three types of muscle cells.  They will also be introduced to related terminology and how muscles work together to help us move. 


March 15, 9:30-11:30

Students will be introduced to the external and internal anatomy of animals as they learn dissection techniques and safety.  Choose one: Earthworm/Grasshopper, Perch, or Frog


Guided Frog Dissection

March 15, 12:30-2:30

Students will go through the dissection together with instructor’s guidance. This is perfect for students with no dissection experience.


The lab classes are drop-off programs.


$25/class, except Chemistry is $15


 Pre-registration and prepayment is required.

Space is limited so register early!

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If you have any questions, please contact Helena Cicero, Education Coordinator at the Oakes Museum of Natural History or 717-691-6082.


The Oakes Museum of Natural History reserves the right to cancel any program one week before it begins due to insufficient registration. All prepaid participants will receive a full refund.


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