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









Homeschool Programs

at The Oakes Museum of Natural History

February 12 – Nocturnal Animals

Morning Program is full.*

Why are some animals active in the night and how does this helps them to survive? Learn the answers to these questions, and more, as we use museum specimens to study noctural animals.

 February 23 – Wolves

Students will learn the natural history of this pack animal, their complicated relationship with humans, and how they are related to our pet dogs.


March 21 – Animal Tracking

Morning Program is full.*

Hike through the forest looking for animal tracks and scat.  Learn how to identify an animal by their footprints and find out the best places to look for signs of animal life. Come prepared to be outside. 


April 13 – Songbirds

Morning Program is full.*

Discover why some birds sing, how to identify common PA songbirds, and take a walk to find them.  Come prepared to be outside and bring binoculars if possible. 


*Email to be put on a waiting list

Each program will be offered:

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

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



 Programs for elementary students require a parent to stay with the child(ren). Younger siblings are welcome and are considered participants. Infant siblings are free.


Lab Classes for 6th – 12th grade students


Students will be introduced to the external and internal anatomy of animals as they learn dissection techniques and lab safety.

Choose one: Earthworm/Grasshopper, Perch, or Frog (all 3 will run simultaneously)  

March 7 - 10:00-12:00 Noon

March 10 - 1:00-3:00

Embryology Lab

Students will use prepared slides to observe the early development of a chicken, and they will also make comparisons to other animals.

March 7 - 1:00-3:00

March 10 - 10:00-12:00 Noon    

Cost: $25/class   

Lab classes are drop-off programs.


Our grade designations are guidelines, not rules.



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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