Curator Club

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Curator Club

Grades 3, 4, 5 - Saturdays 9:15 AM - 11:30 AM

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. Each activity includes a craft or project to bring home.


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

- Curator Club Parent


2020 Winter/Spring Schedule A child wearing a curator club tee shirt.

February 8: From Pandas to Polar Bears
What makes a bear a bear? 

February 15: Who Done It? 
Find out how forensics help solve mysteries. 

February 29: Predators of the Sky! 
Discover the world of raptors.

March 7: Native American Life
Explore the world of the first inhabitants of what's now known as Pennsylvania. 

March 28: Beetlemania! 
Learn about these ancient insects. 

April 4: Vernal Pools
Search for frogs, salamanders, and more in vernal ponds. 


Register for Curator Club


Make an Online Payment

PriceChildren looking at aquatic life in the creek.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required as space is limited. 

$15 per individual/per activity 


Pay $75.00 for all five activities and SAVE $15 

Please make payments within 72 hours of the activity or the registration may not be held.

Walk-ins may be accepted on the day of the activity as space allows for a cost of $18

Credit card payments may be made online 
We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Checks may be mailed to:

    The Oakes Museum of Natural History 
    Messiah College
    One College Avenue 
    Suite 3029 
    Mechanicsburg, Pa 17055

    Attn: Curator Club


No refunds will be issued after the first activity. The Oakes Museum of Natural History reserves the right to cancel any program two weeks before it begins due to insufficient registration. 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

A girl looking through a microscope.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.


Curator club tee shirt