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. Expect the students to be on the John Wing Trail for 90 minutes. Each class will be led by one of our Naturalists thru the Salt Marsh, to the island and then the Tidal Flats.  Trail Presentations can be tailored to your specific curriculum needs, if you return the Trail Focus Form.  What is observed outside will be revisited inside.  There are areas on each floor, where interpreters are available to explain the exhibits and answer questions.

Upstairs expect to see Archaeology, Wampanoags, the Osprey live on camera, the Pollinator Pocket & the Biomimicry exhibit.  We are all about interactive  STEAM this year with a visiting exhibit: The Misunderstood Shark, running June - September. The Hay Room has relevant films and STEAM related games. As well, there is a mural, representing our 3 ecosystems and other exhibit related projects in the Marshview Room.

Downstairs you will explore the Tide Pool, Turtle Bay, Bird Alley and Wild Art room along with the jellies, lobster, sea ravens, horseshoe crabs, headstart turtles and more. Depending on the time of year, Wild Art projects inside, usually are an opportunity to create one of our critters.

 If time, there is Scavenger Hunt or a more difficult Migration/Hibernation Habitat Hunt.

Outside, June - August, the Butterfly House is open.

Year round, the Wildflower Garden, Pollinator Path, Rain Garden and Troll are available to view.

We recommend at least 60 minutes in the museum.  If you have made arrangements for special projects or presentations, please confirm with total payment, due two weeks in advance of your visit. Children preschool thru 5th grades are $9 each and Middle/High Schoolers are $12. Teachers and school staff are free w/school ID.  Parent chaperones  ($8) 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 x119  Fax: 508-896-8844