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Classroom Outreach Programs

Classroom Outreach Programs

Classroom Outreach Programs

Can’t make it to the Museum? Or maybe you want to extend your students’ learning with a pre- or post-field trip program? Whatever the case, our Outreach Programs are a great way to bring the Museum’s resources directly into your classroom or community organization.

GRADES Pre-K–5:

Currently available topics:

  • What is a Museum? – Why do we have museums? How does one get started? What is in a museum? What is a collection? Have you ever collected anything? Ask your museum expert all these questions and more! We will even bring some cool museum objects, like fossils and artifacts, to help us answer.
    • Standards: SC.K.N.1.2, SC.K.N.1.4, SC.K.N.1.5, SC.1.N.1.2, SC.1.N.1.4, SC.2.N.1.3, SC.3.N.1.6, SC.3.N.3.1, SC.4.N.1.7, SC.5.N.2.1
  • Paleontology – Why don’t we find dinosaur fossils in Florida? What is a fossil? What kinds of fossils do we have in Florida? Let us bring you some of our museum fossils so we can explore these questions together. Plus, try to discover the identity of a mysterious fossil!
    • Standards: SC.1.N.1.2, SC.1.N.1.4, SC.2.N.1.3, SC.2.N.1.5, SC.3.N.1.6, SC.4.N.1.4, SC.4.N.1.7, SC.5.N.1.6, SC.5.N.2.1
  • Our Solar System – What makes up our star system? Let’s learn more about the true size, scale, and structure of the Solar System through models and movement!
    • Standards: SC.K.E.5.2, SC.K.E.5.6, SC.3.N.3.2, SC.3.N.3.3, SC.3.E.5.2, SC.3.E.5.3, SC.4.N.3.1, SC.4.E.5.2, SC.4.E.5.3, SC.4.E.5.4, SC.5.E.5.3

Time Required: 45-minute program plus set-up and take-down
Space Required: Let us know what space you have, and we will work with you.
Serves: One classroom, up to 25 students
Cost: $125 for first presentation, $100 per additional consecutive presentation; up to 4 presentations per visit

GRADES 6–12:

Mobile Museum – Life, Physics, and the Earth

Students will observe Museum artifacts and specimens and use science processes to explore ways in which these sciences explain how life on earth survives, thrives and changes.

Reach out and let us know what you are looking for! Please include any standards that you would like for us to draw inspiration from.

Examples of concepts that may be taught:

  • Adaptations of teeth and bones for survival in herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores of the past and present (Organization and Development of Living Things; Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms)
  • Use of resources and transfer of energy within ecosystems (Earth structures and Earth Systems and Patterns)
  • The impact of humans on the environment (Earth Structures, Science and Society)

Time Required: 45-minute program plus set-up and take-down
Space Required: Let us know what space you have, and we will work with you.
Serves: One classroom, up to 25 students
Cost: $125 for first presentation, $100 per additional consecutive presentation; up to 4 presentations per visit

Have a Large Group?

The Bishop now offers station-based outreach programs! These work well to accommodate large groups as participants rotate through a series of hands-on explorations.

Currently available themes:

  • Manatees and their Environment: Learn more about one of Florida’s most iconic marine mammals and their habitat! Each station will explore a different aspect of manatee ecology and life history through museum collections objects and group activities.

We are always expanding our offerings – let us know what you are looking for!

Time Required: 1 hour program plus set-up and take-down
Space Required: At least 4 tables and 3 volunteers must be provided by the participant location. This program works best in a large space, such as outdoors or in a school gymnasium.
Serves: Up to 100 participants per hour
Cost: $500 for first hour, $250 per additional consecutive hour; up to 4 hours per visit

Does your school serve a Title 1 neighborhood?

Contact Education@BishopScience.org to ask about scholarship opportunities to support your Classroom Outreach Program with The Bishop!

Classroom Outreach Programs must be paid in full two weeks prior to the date of the program. Programs are subject to staff availability.

Outreach locations further than 10 miles from the Museum will incur a travel fee.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at Education@BishopScience.org or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.

How to book your Classroom Outreach Program:

Gather the information you need:

  • Name and address of school or group;
  • Contact information, including phone number and email;
  • Number of sessions needed;
  • Grade level and approximate number of students;
  • Date(s) you wish to book (we recommend being prepared with an alternate in the event your chosen date is unavailable);
  • Preferred time(s);
  • Topic(s) of Interest

Complete the Classroom Outreach Program Request Now

Please note: You are submitting a request for a date; your Classroom Outreach Program is not formally booked until you receive confirmation from our Education Department.