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

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

Cost $10/child (Infants are free.)


Macroinvertebrates in the Creek September 29

Discover the world of macroinvertebrates found in the Yellow Breeches stream.  Students will collect macroinvertebrates from the stream and then examine them under dissecting microscopes.  Come prepared for a walk to the creek and bring shoes

to get into the water.

Rocks and Minerals

October 28

Become a geologist! Students will learn basic tests, such as color, hardness and magnetism and identify common minerals. 

The morning program is full.  Please email to be placed on the waiting list. 



November 22

Learn the owls of Pennsylvania, dissect an owl pellet, and determine what

animal was eaten.

The morning program is full.  Please email to be placed on the waiting list. 



December 14

Compare the savanna grasslands of Africa to the temperate grasslands of North America, looking at climate, land forms, plants and animals. 

Pre-registration and prepayment is required.

Space is limited so register early!


Lab Classes

6th – 12th Grade Students


Cell Biology

October 21, 9:30-noon

Students will use microscopes to make slides of plant and animal cells – the building blocks of life.


Single-Cell Organisms

October 21, 1-3:30

Students will use slides to learn the different types of single-celled organisms, what they eat, how they move and where they live.


December 19, 10:00-noon

Students will conduct acid/base experiments and chemical reactions, as they learn about chemistry.  ($15)


October 20, 1:00-3:00

December 20, 10:00-noon

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

October 20, 10:00-noon

December 20, 1-3:00

Students will go through the dissection together with instructor’s guidance. This is 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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