Whether it’s at the museum, in your classroom or virtual, we offer hands-on, exploratory, and interactive programs on a variety of topics that provide your students a fun way to learn about Indiana’s people, places and things through art, history and STEM connections. All programs fulfill select Indiana Academic Standards. Scroll below to find the program offerings for your grade category, or download this information in our PreK-12 Education Program Guide.

Indiana State Museum Explore Programs

To schedule any of the following programs, contact our Program and Schedule Manager Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org.

IN-MUSEUM DETAILS

Dates: Offered Wednesday-Friday, from August 2021 through May 2022
Length: 60 minutes
Min./max. number of students: 15/25
Cost: $4/student ($60 fee for fewer than 15 students)

OUTREACH DETAILS

Dates: Offered Monday-Friday, year-round
Length: 60 minutes
Max. number of students: 25
Cost: $150/class; additional classes $100 for the same program
Travel fees: 30-60 miles=$20; 60-90 miles=$40; 90+ miles=$60

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS    

Dates: Offered Monday-Friday, year-round
Length: 60 minutes
Max. number of students: 1-3 classrooms at a time
Cost: $150/class; includes material kits to use during the program and shipping costs

Early Childhood Programs (AGES 3-6)

To schedule any of the following programs, contact our Program and Schedule Manager Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org.

PRESCHOOL JOURNEYS SCHOOL AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS

In-museum programs combine exhibit exploration time with a STEAM-based program in Firefly Landing, the museum’s early childhood learning space. Your students will take a journey through one of the museum’s exhibits to explore and play. Preschool Journeys at the museum are two hours long (one hour for program, one hour for a self-exploration exhibit experience). The outreach program brings the museum experience to you! Young ones will be inspired by interactive story time and engage in hands-on STEAM exploration and creation. Outreach programs are 60 minutes.

In-museum cost: $6/student and chaperone, free for teachers.
Outreach cost: $150/1st session; $100/additional sessions
Outreach travel fees: 30-60 miles=$20; 60-90 miles=$40; 90+ miles=$60

Be an Engineer

Scheduled upon request
$75 per session

Students will be inspired by real inventions and interactive spaces as they engage with the engineering design process. Through hands-on, STEAM-based projects, your students will become engineers as they learn to sketch, create, test and collaborate.

Early Learning Foundations: ELA 1.1; ELA 1.2; ELA 1.3; ELA 2.3; ELA 2.4; ELA 3.1; ELA 3.2, M 1.1; M 1.2; M 1.3; M 2.2; M 3.1; M 4.1; M 4.2; M 5.2, SE 1.1; SE 1.2; SE 2.1; SE 4.1, APL 1.1; APL 1.2; APL 2.1; APL 3.1; APL 4.1, SC 1.1; SC 1.2; SC 4.1; SC 5.1,  SS 5.1 CA 3.1; CA 3.2; CA 4.1, PHG 2.1; PHG 3.1

Ice Age Animals

Scheduled upon request
$75 per session

Step back in time with the help of Frozen Reign to see what life was like during the Ice Age in Indiana. Students will be introduced to many Ice Age animals and explore this interactive space. And they’ll be able to participate in hands-on experiments and STEAM-based projects.

Early Learning Foundations: ELA 1.1; ELA 1.2; ELA 1.3; ELA 2.3; ELA 2.4; ELA 3.1, M 4.1; M 4.2; M 5.1; M 5.2, SE 1.1; SE 1.2; SE 2.1; SE 4.1, APL 1.1; APL 1.2; APL 2.1; APL 3.1;  APL 4.1, SC 1.1; SC 1.2; SC 2.1; SC 2.2; SC 3.1; SC 4.1; SC 5.1, SS 2.1; SS 2.2; SS 3.1; SS 3.2; SS 3.3; SS 5.1, CA 3.1; CA 3.2; CA 4.1, PHG 2.1; PHG 3.1

Nature Explorers

Scheduled upon request
$75 per session

Explore the basics of paleontology, archaeology and biology with a visit to the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab. In this space, students will observe real artifacts and objects and work with a digital microscope called the Micro Eye. Next, they will have a chance to become the expert and participate in hands-on activities inspired by nature.

Early Learning Foundations: ELA 1.1; ELA 1.2; ELA 1.3; ELA 2.3; ELA 2.4; ELA 3.1, M 1.1; M 1.2; M 1.3; M 2.2; M 3.1; M 4.1; M 4.2; M 5.2, SE 1.1; SE 1.2; SE 2.1; SE 4.1, APL 1.1; APL 1.2; APL 2.1; APL 3.1;  APL 4.1, SC 1.1; SC 1.2; SC 2.1; SC 2.2; SC 3.1; SC 5.1, SS 2.1; SS 2.2; SS 3.1; SS 3.2; SS 3.3; SS 5.1, CA 3.1; CA 3.2; CA 3.3; CA 4.1, PHG 2.1; PHG 3.1

Artful Play

Scheduled upon request
$75 per session

Students will be inspired by artwork by Hoosier artists and will be able to create their own masterpieces. Through an interactive story time, hands-on STEAM-based stations and a collaborative project, your students will be transformed into artists.

Early Learning Foundations: ELA 1.1; ELA 1.2; ELA 1.3; ELA 2.3; ELA 2.4; ELA 3.1; ELA 3.2, M 2.2; M 4.1; M 4.2; M 5.2, SE 1.1; SE 1.2; SE 2.1; SE 4.1, APL 1.1; APL 1.2; APL 2.1; APL 3.1;  APL 4.1, SC 1.1; SC 1.2; SC 5.1, SS 5.1 CA 3.1; CA 3.2; CA 3.3; CA 4.1, PHG 2.1; PHG 3.1

GRADES K-2 PROGRAMS

To schedule any of the following programs, contact our Program and Schedule Manager Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org.

Engineering Explorations

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

Explore how objects move as students engineer a solution to help our museum paleontologists at a dig site. Students will use the design process to brainstorm solutions, build prototypes and test their creation just like real Indiana engineers.

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE K.PS.2, K.PS.3, K.PS.4, K.ESS.4, K-2.E.2, K-2-E.3, SOCIAL STUDIES K.4.2, 2.PS.4

ICE AGE SURVIVIAL

Available: museum, outreach

What adaptations helped animals survive during the Ice Age? Do we see these adaptations in present-day animals? Students will investigate and discuss what adaptations future animals will have based on our changing environment.

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE K.PS.1, K.LS.2, K.LS.3, K.3.5, 1.LS.2, 1.LS.3, 1.LS.4, 2.LS.1, 2.LS.3

Indiana Innovators

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

Students will explore how creations from Indiana innovators sparked ingenuity and even improvements of their inventions. Students will challenge themselves and see if they can improve an object they use every week.

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE K.PS.2, K.PS.3, K.PS.4,  K-2.E.2, K-2-E.3, SOCIAL STUDIES K.1.2, K.4.2, 1.1.1, 1.4.1, 2.PS.4; SOCIAL STUDIES: 1.3.6

GRADES 3-5 PROGRAMS

To schedule any of the following programs, contact our Program and Schedule Manager Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org.

ENGINEERING DESIGN

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

Explore how objects are affected by forces and energy as students engineer devices to launch objects. Students will use the design process to brainstorm solutions, build prototypes and test their creation just like real Indiana engineers.

Indiana Academic Standards: SCIENCE 3.PS.1, 3-5.E.1, 3-5.E-3, 4.PS.1, 4.PS.2, 4.PS.4, 5.PS.4

FOSSIL DIG DISCOVERY

Available: museum, outreach

Discover first-hand how paleontologists search and uncover ice age fossils. Students will also investigate what can be learned about an extinct animal when there are only fossils left behind.

Indiana Academic Standards: 3.ESS.4

FOSSIL FORMATIONS

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

How does a living creature become a fossil? Why doesn’t everything become a fossil? What clues do fossils leave behind? Students will investigate these questions as they explore the process from living creature to its discovery as a fossil.

Indiana Academic Standards: 3ESS.4, 4.ESS.3, 5.LS.1

PIONEERING INNOVATIONS

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

Pioneers used simple machines and engineering to create a new life in Indiana. Students will explore how simple machines and innovations made their life easier and will design and build their own compound machine.

Indiana Academic Standards: SCIENCE 3.PS.2, 3-5.E.1, 3-5.E.3, SOCIAL STUDIES 3.1.2, 3.4.1, 4.PS.3, 4.PS.4, 4.1.6

ROCKS AND MINERALS

Available: museum, outreach

Indiana is home to a wide variety of rocks and minerals. How did they end up here? How do we use rocks and minerals every day in small and big ways? Students will explore the rock cycle and investigate rocks and minerals through hands-on activities.

Indiana Academic Standards: SCIENCE 3.ESS.4, 4.ESS.3

MAJOR TAYLOR BIKE PHYSICS PROGRAM

Available: museum, virtual

Does science or physics help us ride bikes? What about making bikes travel faster? Join us as we explore the forces in action and how friction and momentum play a part in riding a bike.

Indiana Academic Standards: SCIENCE 3.PS.2, 3-5.E.1, 3-5.E.3; SOCIAL STUDIES: K.1.2, 2.1.3

This program is supported by Indiana Humanities

GRADES 6-8 PROGRAMS

To schedule any of the following programs, contact our Program and Schedule Manager Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org.

ENERGY CONSERVATION

Available: museum, outreach

What energy is needed at school and home? Students will explore how we use the Earth’s resources, both renewable and non-renewable, to provide the energy we need to learn, explore and live.

Indiana Academic Standards: SCIENCE 7.ESS.7, 8.ESS.3

ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

Explore Newton’s Laws of Motion as students engineer a solution to protect fragile fossils as they are transported back to the museum. Students will use the design process to brainstorm solutions, build prototypes and test their creations, and reflect on the process just like real Indiana engineers.

Indiana Academic Standards: 6.PS.3, 6-8.E.1, 6-8.E.2 6-8.E.3, 6-8.E.4, 7PS.4, 7.PS.5, 7.PS.6, 7.PS.7

VOICES FROM THE PAST

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

How can we learn from past civilizations? How do archaeologists piece together the puzzle of how they lived? How can the past shape our future? Students will explore stories uncovered through the archaeological process and consider what future archaeologists will discover about our lives.

Indiana Academic Standards: SOCIAL STUDIES 6.1.21, 8.1.29

MAJOR TAYLOR STORY

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

Major Taylor was a world-class athlete and cycling’s first African American champion. Using primary sources and Taylor’s own writings, compare his experience and what was reported as we dive it into what it means to accurately portray history and the people who shape Indiana’s history.

Indiana Academic Standards: SOCIAL STUDIES: 6.1.23, 7.1.16, 7.1.17, 8.1.28

This program is supported by Indiana Humanities

GRADES 6-12 PROGRAM

To schedule any of the following programs, contact our Program and Schedule Manager Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or kmangan@indianamuseum.org.

Be an Agent of Change – How to Help Yourself and Others

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

How does our brain process stress and emotion? Finding healthy ways to handle stress is important. Explore a few ways that can be helpful in identifying personal stressors and healthy methods to handle it. Music art, writing, exercise and sharing and actively listening are just a few ways you can help yourself and others.

Indiana Academic Standards: ENGLISH 6.RN.4.2, 7.RN.4.2, 8.RN.4.2, 9-10.RN.4.2, 6.RV.1, 7RV.1, 8.RV.1, 6.RV.3.2, 7.RV.3.2, 9-10.RV.3.2, 6.SL.2.1, 7.SL.2.1, 8.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 7.SL.2.2, 8.SL.2.2, 6.SL.3.1, 7.SL.3.1, 8.SL.3.1, 6.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.2, PHYSICAL EDUCATION – HSL1.3.6.A, HSL2.3.6.A, HEALTH AND WELLNESS 6-8 – 8.1.2, 8.1.4, 8.1.4, 8.1.7, 8.1.8, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.9, 8.3.2, 8.4.4, 8.4.6, 9-12 – 12.1.8, 12.2.3, 12.2.4, 12.2.5, 12.2.7

BRAIN CHEMISTRY

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

How do neurons communicate and what happens when a message doesn’t get through? Explore this process through hands-on activities that will get your students thinking, talking and moving.

Indiana Academic Standards: ENGLISH 6.RN.4.2, 7.RN.4.2, 8.RN.4.2, 9-10.RN.4.2, 6.RV.1, 7RV.1, 8.RV.1, 6.RV.3.2, 7.RV.3.2, 9-10.RV.3.2, 6.SL.2.1, 7.SL.2.1, 8.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 7.SL.2.2, 8.SL.2.2, 6.SL.3.1, 7.SL.3.1, 8.SL.3.1, 6.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.2, INDIANA STUDIES IS.1.31, HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS – HBS1.2, HBS.1.6, HBS.2.3, HBS.2.4, HBS.2.6, ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY – AP.6.3, HEALTH AND WELLNESS 6-8 – 8.1.1, 8.1.8, 8.3.2, 9-12 – 12.1.8

POWER OF WORDS AND REDUCING STIGMA

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

The words we use have power. They can lift and encourage or break someone down. Reflecting on the words we use to describe people and situations; how can we shift what we say? How can we reduce stigma when we change our word choice? Explore words, their power, and your ability to reduce stigma in your own community.

Indiana Academic Standards: ENGLISH 6.RN.4.2, 7.RN.4.2, 8.RN.4.2, 9-10.RN.4.2, 6.RV.1, 7RV.1, 8.RV.1, 6.RV.3.2, 7.RV.3.2, 9-10.RV.3.2, 6.SL.2.1, 7.SL.2.1, 8.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 7.SL.2.2, 8.SL.2.2, 6.SL.3.1, 7.SL.3.1, 8.SL.3.1, 6.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.2, HEALTH AND WELLNESS 6-8 – 8.2.3, 8.2.5, 8.2.7, 8.2.8, 8.3.2, 8.4.4, 9-12 – 12.2.3, 12.2.4, 12.2.5, 12.2.7

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

How does race, gender and social class play a role in the opioid crisis? We’ll explore how they can impact access to healthcare, how doctors perceive the patient and their health issues, the ability to receive quality treatment and more. We’ll learn what activists and individuals in the medical and legal communities are doing to combat these problems.

Indiana Academic Standards: ENGLISH 6.RN.4.2, 7.RN.4.2, 8.RN.4.2, 9-10.RN.4.2, 6.RV.1, 7RV.1, 8.RV.1, 6.RV.3.2, 7.RV.3.2, 9-10.RV.3.2, 6.SL.2.1, 7.SL.2.1, 8.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 7.SL.2.2, 8.SL.2.2, 6.SL.3.1, 7.SL.3.1, 8.SL.3.1, 6.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.2, Indiana Studies IS.1.26, IS.1.30, IS.1.36, HEALTH SCIENCE EDUCATION I – HSEI-3.2, HSEI-3.5, HEALTH AND WELLNESS 6-8 – 8.1.7, 8.2.5, 8.2.7, 8.3.2, 9-12 – 12.1.5, 12.2.5, 12.2.7, 12.2.10, 12.3.3

WHAT GOOD IS PAIN?

Available: museum, outreach, virtual

Why do we feel pain? What would happen if we couldn’t feel pain? Explore how pain is used to help us and how it is processed in our body. We’ll also investigate what happens when pain relievers are introduced, and the way pain has been managed throughout history.

Indiana Academic Standards: ENGLISH 6.RN.4.2, 7.RN.4.2, 8.RN.4.2, 9-10.RN.4.2, 6.RV.1, 7RV.1, 8.RV.1, 6.RV.3.2, 7.RV.3.2, 9-10.RV.3.2, 6.SL.2.1, 7.SL.2.1, 8.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 7.SL.2.2, 8.SL.2.2, 6.SL.3.1, 7.SL.3.1, 8.SL.3.1, 6.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.2, INDIANA STUDIES IS.1.31, HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS– HBS1.2, HBS.1.6, HBS.2.3, HBS.2.4, HBS.2.6, ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY – AP.6.3, HEALTH AND WELLNESS 6-8 – 8.1.1, 8.1.8, 8.3.2, 9-12 – 12.1.8

Specialty Tours and Virtual Programs

Grades 9-12
On-site tour: $150/tour (up to 20 people; $5 each additional person)
Virtual program: $50/session

Discover stories behind artifacts on display at the Indiana State Museum during a private 60-minute tour or as a virtual program. Choose from a variety of themes. Limited to 20 people per in-person tour and one classroom per virtual program.

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State Historic Site Explore Programs

Book an interactive 1-hour video call with a site educator and get digital resources that inspire learning before, during and after the call. An educator guide and classroom resources are included.

Indiana’s Original Rivertown

Angel Mounds State Historic Site

Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CST, Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CST
$75 per session

Grades 2-5

Put yourself in the shoes of a Mississippian as you learn about their daily life through artifacts discovered by historians and archaeologists. Find out how we know so much about a culture that has no written language.

Indiana State Standards:  SOCIAL STUDIES: 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.2.4, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 3.1.7, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 5.1.1, 5.1.3, WH.1.1, WH.1.2

Schedule by calling 812.853.3956 or emailing angelmoundsshs@indianamuseum.org.

Archaeology Cultural Scene Investigation (C.S.I.)

Virtual Archaeology Cultural Scene Investigation (C.S.I.)

April 27-30 and May 4- 7, 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., or 2 p.m. CST
$75 per classroom
Grades 5-7

Discover the “real-world” applications of math, science and social studies curricula in the field of archaeology right from the comfort of your own classroom during this hour long program.

Indiana State Standards:  Social Studies: 5.1.1, 5.3.10, 5.3.13, 6.1.17, 6.1.19, Math: PS.1, PS.3, PS.4, PS.5, 5.AT.6, 5.AT.7, PS.1, PS.3, PS.4, PS.5, 6.AF.7, 6.AF.8, PS.1, PS.3, PS.4, PS.5, Science: SEPS.2, SEPS.4, SEPS.5, SEPS.2, SEPS.4, SEPS.5, SEPS.2, SEPS.4, SEPS.5

Schedule by calling 812.853.3956 or emailing angelmoundsshs@indianamuseum.org.

Portrait of Levi Coffin

Virtual Tour of Levi & Catharine Coffin Home

Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

Monday and Tuesday
$150 per session

Grades 3-12

Can’t visit our location with your students for a guided tour? Book a virtual tour! View an introductory film about the Coffins and then see the actual home where nearly 1,000 freedom seekers attained shelter, food, clothing and more. After students get a chance to see the house, there is time at the end of the session for questions.

Indiana State Standards:  SOCIAL STUDIES: 3.1.2,.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.6, 3.1.7, 3.2.2, 3.2.4, 3.2.5, 3.2.6, 3.3.11, 3.4.1, 3.4.2, 4.1.6, 4.1.7, 4.3.8, 4.3.9, 4.4.4, 5.1.20, 6.1.22, 3.1.23, 8.1.11, 8.1.22, 8.1.23, 8.1.28, 8.1.29, 8.1.30, 8.2.6, 8.2.7, 8.2.9, 8.3.6, 8.3.8, USH.1.3, IS.1.5

Schedule by calling 765.847.1691 or emailing levicoffincenter@indianamuseum.org.

10 Things about the Underground Railroad in Indiana You Should Know

Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

Monday through Friday
$150 per session

Grades 3-4

Students will be introduced to ten facts about the Underground Railroad and how it developed in Indiana. Students will have a chance to ask questions around these concepts and will walk away with a clearer understanding of why it developed.

Indiana State Standards:  SOCIAL STUDIES: 3.2.1, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.6, 3.1.7, 3.2.2, 3.2.4, 3.2.5, 3.3.1, 4.1.4, 4.1.6, 4.1.7

Schedule by calling 765.847.1691 or emailing levicoffincenter@indianamuseum.org.

Life in an Early Indiana Home

Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

Monday and Tuesday
$150 per session

Grades 1-4

The Coffin home in Fountain City, Indiana is an excellent example of an early nineteenth century brick home. Students will be introduced to what life was like living in this home and will make comparison to their own lives today. Students will be introduced to skills children learned, common home practices, transportation and early forms of education.

Indiana State Standards:  SOCIAL STUDIES: 1.1.1, 1.1.3, 1.1.6, 1.3.9, 1.4.1, 1.4.2, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.4.1, 2.4.5, 3.1.2, 3.1.8, 3.4.2, 3.4.4, 4.4.1, 4.4.3

Schedule by calling 765.847.1691 or emailing levicoffincenter@indianamuseum.org.

Covered Wagon

Corydon Capitol State Historic Site

Mondays and Tuesdays
$75 per session

Grades 3-5

Pack your wagons, it’s time to take a trip! Students will learn what it took to travel in the early 1800s. After a presentation from site staff, students will have a chance to pack their wagons with what they think they’ll need.

Indiana State Standards:  SOCIAL STUDIES: 3.1.2, 3.1.3. 3.1.4, 3.4.3, 4.1.4, 4.3.9, 4.4.1, 4.4.3, 5.3.11, 5.3.13

Schedule by calling 812.738.4890 or emailing corydoncapitolshs@indianamuseum.org.

What is Benevolence

Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

Tuesday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades 1-5

Explore the Victorian virtue of Benevolence. How did the Culbertson family exemplify this virtue? What does that mean today, and how can we all make positive contributions to our community. An interactive discussion with a knowledgeable staff member, with an opportunity for students to engage and ask questions throughout the program.

Indiana State Standards: SOCIAL STUDIES: 1.1.3, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 2.2.5, 3.2.5, 4.2.6, 5.2.8

Schedule by calling 812.944.9600 or emailing culbertsonmansionshs@indianamuseum.org.

Victorian Name Game   

Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

Tuesday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades 1-5

Can you guess the names of various objects from around the mansion and their uses? An interactive program to introduce the ways in which Victorians lived, including the Culbertson family and the servant staff. A knowledgeable staff member will be able to engage students with period artifacts and lead a discussion on Victorian life.

Indiana State Standards: SOCIAL STUDIES: 1.4.1, 2.4.3, 3.4.2, 3.4.4, 4.4.1, 4.4.7

Schedule by calling 812.944.9600 or emailing culbertsonmansionshs@indianamuseum.org.

Pond Dip

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

Wednesday through Friday (April through June only)
$75 per session

Grades K-5

Get an up-close peek at some of the macroinvertebrates that live in our ponds & wetlands. Learn about the life cycle of some insects and how important they are to the ecosystem.

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE: K.3.6; K.1.1; K.3.3; K.4.1; K.4.2; 1.3.8; 1.1.2; 2.3.7; 2.3.4; 2.5.1; 2.1.1; 2.4.1; 2.4.2;2.5.3; 3.3.5; 3.2.6 3.3.1; 3.4.1; 4.3.2 ; 4.3.4; 4.4.2; 4.4.3; 4.4.6; 5.3.1 ; 5.3.2; 5.4.4

Schedule by calling 260.854.3790 or emailing genestrattonportershs@indianamuseum.org.

Gene Stratton-Porter Oddities

Gene Stratton-Porter and Limberlost State Historic Sites

Wednesday through Friday
$50 per session
Grades K-12

Gene was an avid collector of a variety of items. Learn about some of the more unusual artifacts in Gene’s collections and get a peek into the collections that might go unnoticed.

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE: K.1.1; K.1.3 1.1.1; 1.1.3; 2.1.2; 2.1.3; 3.1.3; 3.1.5; 3.1.6; 4.1.15; 4.1.18; 4.4.7; 4.4.8; 5.1.1; 5.1.22; 5.3.13; 5.4.4, SOCIAL STUDIES: K.1.1; K.1.3 1.1.1; 1.1.3; 2.1.2; 2.1.3; 3.1.3; 3.1.5; 3.1.6; 4.1.15; 4.1.18; 4.4.7; 4.4.8; 5.1.1; 5.1.22; 5.3.13; 5.4.4

Schedule by calling 260.854.3790 or emailing genestrattonportershs@indianamuseum.org.

Leaf Identification

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

Wednesday through Friday
$150 per session (includes classroom kits), $100 for additional sessions

Grades K-12

Learn about the trees that thrive around Gene’s Cabin and in the Limberlost Swamp. This session will talk about various leaf and tree types found throughout the region. This can be adjusted to grade level, getting into the function and growth patterns of trees, forest types and uses of trees.

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE: K.LS.1; K.LS.2; K.LS.3; 1.LS.3; 2.LS.2; 3.LS.2; 4.LS.1; 4.LS.2; 5.LS.1; 5.LS.2; 6.LS.2; 6.LS.5; 8.LS.9; s Env.1.1; s Env.1.2; Env.5.1; Env.5.5

Schedule by calling 260.854.3790 or emailing genestrattonportershs@indianamuseum.org.

Botany Club

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

Tuesday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades 1-5

Join a staff member of Lanier Mansion for Botany Club! Learn about the mid-19th century obsession with plants and specimens, much like the potted plant obsession we have today. Learn about Alexander Lanier’s conservatory and greenhouse, what he might have had growing there!

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE: 1.ESS.3, 1.LS.2, 1.LS.3, 3.ESS.1, 3.LS.2, 3.LS.3, 4.LS.2, 4.LS.3, 5.LS.1

Schedule by calling 812.265.3526 or emailing laniermansionshs@indianamuseum.org.

19th Century Kitchen

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

Tuesday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades 1-5

Join a Lanier staff member for a 19th century Madison, Indiana cooking lesson! Learn about food 1840s food preparation, what was on Mrs. Lanier’s dinner menu, and what the staff would be eating as well. Where did food come from in the 1840s? How was it prepared? What kind of dishes did they eat on? Bring your curiosity, and your appetite!

Indiana State Standards: SOCIAL STUDIES: 2.4.3, 2.4.5, 3.4.1, 3.4.4, 4.4.1. English/Language Arts: 1.SL.1, 2.SL.1, 3.SL.1, 4.SL.1, 5.SL.1, 1.SL.2.1, 2.SL.2.1, 3.SL.2.1, 4.SL.2.1, 5.SL.2.1

Schedule by calling 812.265.3526 or emailing laniermansionshs@indianamuseum.org.

Swamp Life

Limberlost State Historic Site

Wednesday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades K-12

Learn about the different creatures that call the Limberlost Swamp home. From beavers to moths to birds, students will learn about what used to and still calls the swamp home.

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE: K.3.6; K.1.1; K.3.3; K.4.1; K.4.2; 1.3.8; 1.1.2; 2.3.7; 2.3.4; 2.5.1; 2.4.1; 2.4.2;2.5.3; 3.3.5; 3.2.6; 3.4.1; 4.3.2 ; 4.3.4; 4.4.2; 4.4.3; 5.3.2; 5.4.4; 6.3.13 ; 8.3.9; B.1.38

Schedule by calling 260.368.7428 or emailing limberlostshs@indianamuseum.org.

Snakes on the Screen

Limberlost State Historic Site

Wednesday through Friday
$150 per session (includes classroom kits), $100 for additional sessions

Grades K-5

Snakes alive! Learn all about snakes, their role in the ecosystem and their history in the Limberlost Swamp. Get an up-close look at some snakes and even make your own!

Indiana State Standards: SCIENCE: K.LS.2; K.LS.3; 1.LS.1; 1.LS.3; 2.LS.1; 2.LS.2; 2.LS.3; 3.LS.3; 3.LS.4; 4.LS.2; 4.LS.3; 5.LS.2; 5.LS.3; 6.LS.1; 6.LS.3; 6.LS.4; 6.LS.5; Env.6.1; Env.6.4

Schedule by calling 260.368.7428 or emailing limberlostshs@indianamuseum.org.

Exploring Line & Shape in Sculpture

T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Monday through Friday
$125 per session (includes classroom kits), $100 for additional sessions

Grades K-2

Explore basic art elements and create your own clay sculpture!

Indiana State Standards: VA:Cr1.1.Ka, VA:Cr1.2.Ka, VA:Cr.1.1.1a, VA:Cr1.2.1a, VA:Cr.1.1.2a, VA:Cr1.2.2a, VA:Cr2.1.Ka, VA:Cr2.2.Ka, VA:Cr2.1.1a, VA:Cr2.2.1a, VA:Cr2.1.2a, VA:Cr2.2.2a, VA:Cr2.3.2a, PS.5, PS.7, K.G.1, K.G.4, 1.G.1, 1.G.2, 1.M.1, 2.G.1, 2.G.2, 2.M.2, K.SL.2.1, K.SL.3.2, 1.RV.1, 1.SL.1, 1.SL.2.1, 1.SL.2.4, 1.SL.2.5, 2SL.1, 2.SL.2.1, 2.SL.2.3, 2.SL.2.4, 2.SL.2.5

Schedule by calling 812.988.2785 or emailing tcsteeleshs@indianamuseum.org.

Imagining the Past, Predicting the Future

T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Monday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades 3-8

Practice the elements of design and basic art elements through the art of TC Steele! Then, create your own masterpiece when you examine contemporary and antique photographs when you determine what the historic site will be like in 100 years! Will need the following materials: white paper, pencil, crayons/colored pencils/markers.

Indiana State Standards: VA:Cr1.1.3a, VA:Cr1.2.3a, VA:Cr1.1.4a, VA:Cr1.1.5a, VA:Cr1.2.5a, VA:Cr2.1.Ka, VA:Cr2.2.Ka, VA:Cr2.1.1a, VA:Cr2.2.1a, VA:Cr2.1.2a, VA:Cr2.2.2a, VA:Cr2.3.2a, 6.1.16; 6.1.20; 8.1.28; 8.1.31; VA:Cr2.1.6a; VA:Cr2.1.7a; VA:Cr2.1.8a; VA:Cr2.3.6a; VA:Cr2.3.7a;VA:Pr4.1.6a; VA:Pr4.1.7a; VA:Pr6.1.6a; VA:Pr6.1.7a; VA:Pr6.1.8a; VA:Re7.1.6a; VA:Re.7.1.7a; VA:Re.7.1.8a

Schedule by calling 812.988.2785 or emailing tcsteeleshs@indianamuseum.org.

School: Then and Now

Vincennes State Historic Site

Monday through Friday
$75 per session

Grades K-1

Students will learn about Jefferson Academy (the first public school in Indiana) and about what school was like long ago. The students will compare and contrast school long ago and school today. Students will also become familiar with the concept of then and now.

Indiana State Standards: SOCIAL STUDIES: K.1.1; K.1.3; K.2.1; K.2.4; K.3.6

Schedule by calling 812.882.7422 or emailing vincennesshs@indianamuseum.org.

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