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Natural History & Fine Arts Museum

Homeschool Programming

The Kenosha Public Museum is proud to offer programs for homeschool families that integrate art, history, culture, and STEM through hands-on exploration, gallery tours, outdoor investigation and more.

Offered: Tuesday – Friday; September to June
Formats: on-site, virtual, outreach
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $6/student

Early Childhood (4K) Programs 

Wildlife Safari

Capacity: 25 students
Format Available: On-site
We’re going on a safari! Join museum staff in this fun-filled, hands-on, interactive program as we explore habitats and animals from around the world. Students will have an opportunity to explore and put their knowledge to use in our Field Station.

 

Art Start 

Capacity: 25 students
Format Available: On-site
Young learners will be introduced to visual art through the exploration of two and three dimensional artworks within our collection. Students will also have an opportunity to explore through play in our Field Station as they participate in hands-on activities. 

 

Water Protectors

Capacity: 25 students
Formats Available: On-site, outreach, virtual
Have you ever stood on the shore of Lake Michigan? Have you heard the roar of a fast moving river? Maybe you’ve watched ocean waves roll onto a beach. If so, you may already know just how powerful and important water is. Join us as we explore the relationship the Anishinaabe have with water and what Tribal communities are doing to protect it.

 

Grades K-2

Woods, Ponds, Dunes

Capacity: 30 students; divided into 2 groups
Join our educators as we explore the different ecosystems located in Kenosha County and beyond. Through the use of items from our collections, and other hands-on materials, students will learn about the animals and plants that live in each ecosystem. Students will have an opportunity to take part in a conservation project that they can take home with them

 

Archaeological Investigations of Kenosha County

Capacity: 20 students
Through the use of artifacts and replicas, students will be introduced to the tools and methodologies that archaeologists use and how we interpret these artifacts to learn about people of the past. This program will focus on archaeological sites from within Kenosha County, including the Schaefer Mammoth site.

 

Potawatomi Life

Capacity: 20 students
This program will take students on a journey from the 1800s to the present day as we explore what life was like for the Potawatomi in Kenosha County at the time of contact and the current role of the Tribe in the State of Wisconsin. 

 

 

Grades 3-5

Anishinaabe

Capacity: 35 students; divided into 2 groups
This program will take students on a journey from the 1800s to the present day as we explore the life of the Potawatomi, Chippewa, and Odawa at the time of contact and today. Students will have an opportunity to explore the gallery and learn about the connection between the Anishinaabe and water, as well as why people are walking to protect it. Students will also learn how the pH level of water is changed by various pollutants and participate in an art project. 

 

The Science of Owl Pellets

Capacity: 35 students; divided into 2 groups
Is ancient owl vomit the key to understanding human impacts on ecosystems? In this program we will explore the energy flow between organisms in several ecosystems, as well as the environmental impacts seen by scientists studying owl pellets. Students will partake in their own research through the dissection of owl pellets.

 

Archaeological Investigations: Regions of the U.S.

Capacity: 35 students; divided into 2 groups
Through the use of artifacts and replicas, students will be introduced to the tools and methodologies that archaeologists use, how we interpret artifacts to learn about people of the past, and have an opportunity to engage in experimental archaeology through hands-on scientific investigations. This program will focus on archaeological sites from two regions within the U.S. – the Midwest and the Southwest.

 

 

Limited Engagement Programs (K-12)

Inuit Art

Availability: September 1, 2022, and May 15, 2023
Capacity: 30 students; divided into 2 groups
Explore Inuit culture through various works of Inuit artists. Students will learn about Inuit culture, the importance of the environment within the culture, and how that is reflected within the works of Inuit artists. Students will also learn about the process of lithography and create their own lithographic print!

 

Guided Museum Tour (K-12)

Museum Favorites 

Capacity: 60 students; divided into 3 groups
Formats Available: On-site, virtual
Did you know the Kenosha Public Museum has more than 66,000 objects in its collection? The objects represent cultures and environments from around the world. Join us as we share some of our favorite objects and areas in the museum with you. Students will have opportunities to participate in hands-on activities and handle real artifacts on this immersive guided tour through our exhibits.