Curator Club

Curator Club

“Saturday mornings at Curator Club were always a highlight of my child’s week.”
- Curator Club Parent

Grades 3, 4, 5 - Saturdays and Summer Camps

Curator Club provides educational science enrichment on a variety of topics in a fun learning environment. Curator Club members receive a membership card for free admission to The Oakes Museum of Natural History, a Curator Club t-shirt, and a certificate for three (3) free admissions to bring a friend.

Curator Club Winter/Spring 2023 - Saturdays - 9:15-11:30

January 14th: Trash Eaters!  Discover what animals happily eat trash and how this helps them survive!

February 4th: Cells and ‘Scopes!  Use Microscopes to see plant and animals cells—the building blocks of life!

February 11th: Colors, Colors Everywhere! Learn how colors are made, and what makes each color different.

March 4th: Tree of Life! Trace life from Amoebas to Zebras as you learn about the world of Animals!

March 18th: React!  Perform chemical reactions, categorize acids and bases, and learn more about chemistry!

April 1st: Animal Super Senses Discover the super senses of lions, butterflies, owls and other animals!

Pregistration and prepayment are required as space is limited. 

A child wearing a curator club tee shirt.

Price - $20 per individual/activity

Or pay $100 for all six activities and save $20! 


Curator Club Summer Camp

Our summer camps are weeklong, half-day camps, running 9-noon each day.  The cost is $150/camper and there is a before care option for $25. 

June 19 - 23 - Survive It! 
Dig deep into how animals survive a challenging world.  Topics will include Build It (habitats), Sense It (vision, smell, and hearing), Move It (locomotion), Eat It (digestion), and Beat It (color and camouflage). We’ll use both the museum collection and the Messiah University campus to explore survival.

July 17-21 - Animals!
Using the museum and the surrounding natural world, each day campers will learn about a different animal group (invertebrates, fish, reptiles/amphibians, birds and mammals). 


Register for Curator Club

Make an Online Payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Checks may be mailed to:

    The Oakes Museum of Natural History 
    Messiah University
    One University Avenue 
    Mechanicsburg, Pa 17055

    Attn: Curator Club


The Oakes Museum of Natural History reserves the right to cancel any program or change any program, in order to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations.  All prepaid participants will receive a full refund.  In case of inclement weather, please call 717-691-6082 for information regarding cancellations or delays.

Need-based scholarships are available. For more information contact us at

What to Bring

  • Labeled Water bottle (if needed) 
  • No crocs or flipflops for water or hiking activities 
  • Sunscreen (if needed) 
  • Dress for the weather as we may be outside 

Curator Club Mission Statement

Fulfilling part of the Oakes Museum mission, the Curator Club is a multifaceted science enrichment program for community children, grades 3 to 8. The program provides scientifically-based, hands-on learning experience for the participants, challenging them to explore and question their world.


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