Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Planning a Class Visit: STEAM Education

Cape Cod’s Nature Place

Planning a School Trip to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History:

Immersing students in the nature of STEAM

The centerpiece of our school group experience is the guided walk with students on the John Wing Trail for 90 minutes. Each class will be led by one of our Naturalists through the Salt Marsh, to Wing Island and then the Tidal Flats. Trail Presentations can be tailored to your specific curriculum needs if you return the Trail Focus Form. What students observe outside will be revisited inside. There are areas on each floor where interpreters are available to explain the exhibits and answer questions.

• Upstairs we highlight archaeology, Wampanoags, the Osprey live on camera and the Pollinator Pocket.

We are all about interactive STEAM, including exhibits featuring Biomimicry. The Hay Room has relevant short nature films and STEAM related games. Our mural represents the 3 ecosystems and other exhibit related projects in the Marshview Room, with the sensational view of the marsh, island and ocean.

• Downstairs you will explore the Tide Pool, Turtle Bay, Bird Alley, and the Wild Art room along with the aquarium and our jellies, lobsters, sea ravens and other local specimens. Depending on the time of year, inside the Wild Art projects, there is usually an opportunity to create one of our critters. We have several young head-start programs in progress to view with our collection of 100+ live aquarium residents.

• NEW THIS YEAR: The Horseshoe Crab Crawl, a scavenger hunt activity that connects the history and importance of the Horseshoe Crab with many of our exhibits. Please plan to use this to guide your indoor time and highlight the connections with the oldest living fossil.

• We recommend at least 60 minutes in the Museum.  If you have made arrangements for special projects or presentations, please confirm with the total payment, due two weeks in advance of your visit. Children who are preschool thru 5th grades are $9.00 each and Middle/High Schoolers are $12.00 each. Teachers and school staff are free w/school ID.  Parent chaperones ($8.00 fee) may pay at the door before joining the students. Everyone will receive a wristband as their “ticket” into the Museum. Teachers should plan to leave the bus for a quick “get organized” meeting in the parking lot before the students are dismissed from the bus.

Please contact me with questions and/or special requests.
Barbara Knoss   Director: Education & Volunteers
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History   869 Main Street/Route 6A Brewster, MA 02631
Telephone: 508-896-3867 X 119   Fax:  508-896-8844

CCMNH's Animal Care Coordinator, Marjorie Williams, releasing 975 horseshoe crabs one at a time!