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Virtual School Programs

These live educational programs led by museum professionals can be held with students via Zoom, Google Meet, or potentially other platforms.

$3 per student  |  Teachers are Free
$2 per student for schools in the Kenosha Unified School District  |  Teachers are Free
$25 minimum per group

For more information or to register, please contact Education Services Coordinator Caitlin Manwaring at [email protected].



Potawatomi and the Trade

Grades: 1 – 5
Duration: 30-40 minutes
Students will explore the Kenosha Public Museum’s 18th Century trading post as they learn all about the role of the Fur Trade in the lives of the Anishinaabe people of the Great Lakes.




Masterpieces of Kenojuak Ashevak: A Modern Printmaking Pioneer

Grades: 1 – 6
Duration: 40 minutes
Students will learn about Inuit artwork, explore several works of art by Konojuak Ashevak in the Museum’s collection, and then use her techniques to create their own arctic bird artwork.




Natural Science

Exploring Animals

Grades: Preschool – Kindergarten
Duration: 30 minutes
This program explores animals from around the world. There are a variety of themes to choose from –  forest, arctic, ocean, and lake – all of which feature their own unique songs and stories along with real specimens from the museum’s collection.



Animal Adaptations

Grades: 2 – 5
Duration: 45 minutes
Using real specimens from the museum’s collection, students will learn what adaptations are and how animals use them, use reasoning and observation skills to work like a field zoologist, and introduce students to the concept of natural selection.




What is a Dinosaur?

Grades: PreK – 2
Duration: 30-40 minutes
Streamed live from the gallery of the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, students will learn about what separates dinosaurs from other prehistoric animals, what fossils are and how they are made, and get up close with the specimens on display using observation and pattern recognition skills to uncover connections between prehistoric and modern dinosaurs.


Excavating Dinosaurs

Grades: 2 – 5
Duration: 45 minutes
Students will learn what fossils are and how they are formed, how a paleontologist finds and excavates them, and what tools and techniques are used. They will hear stories from the field, see actual dinosaur specimens, and get a behind the scenes look at the museum collections room and lab where fossils are prepared.



Civil War and History

You Are the Soldier

Grades: 3 – 12
Duration: 30-40 minutes
Students will get hands-on time with artifacts as they learn about life on the march for a Civil War Union soldier and discuss the tough decisions that went into packing a soldier’s personal traveling kit. This program includes a loan box of high-quality replicas from the museum’s teaching collection that can be dropped off at your school.


Voices of the Underground Railroad

Grades: 4 – 5
Duration: 30-40 minutes
Students will think like historians as they work with museum educators to learn about slavery, the treatment of the enslaved, the agency that enslaved people had, and the journey to freedom that some of them took.



Civil War Artifact Reading

Grades: 8 – 12
Duration: 30-40 minutes
When historians study the past, some of their most valuable resources are primary sources. In this program students get an in-depth look at how historians working with museum collections interpret not just documents, but also photos and material objects as primary sources, and use them to discover more about our history.


Civil War Museum Theater Program

Grades: 5 – 12
Duration: 40-50 minutes
Price: $250 per performance
These living history performances give students the chance to meet important local individuals and learn about their experiences during the war years. Historic figures include Caroline Quarlls, a mixed-race formerly enslaved woman who escaped to freedom at the age of only 16, and Cordelia Harvey, the “Wisconsin Angel” who dedicated her life to improving the treatment of injured soldiers.



Virtual Curator Conversations

These live educational discussions led by museum professionals are 30 to 45 minutes long and can be modified to fit the age range and background knowledge of your group. These programs are held with your students via Zoom, Google Meet, or potentially another platform that you use.

$3 per student  |  Teachers are Free
$2 per student for schools in the Kenosha Unified School District  |  Teachers are Free

For more information or to register, please contact Education Services Coordinator Caitlin Manwaring at [email protected].



Fossils – What fossils are, how they are formed, where they are found, what they can tell us
Dinosaurs – What dinosaurs are, major groups of dinosaurs, what happened to them
Animals – Any number of animals, or ecosystems in general
Insects – What insects are, impact of insects on our planet, diversity of insects
Mammoths – The discovery, archaeology, and study of the Schaeffer Mammoth
Basic Evolution & Adaptations – Basic concepts, evidence of evolution, adaptations in animals



The Color Wheel – The many uses of the color wheel and how it helps artists
Artists & Nature – How artists are inspired by the natural world around them, includes famous examples
Frida Kahlo for Beginners – The life and artistic style of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo



Wisconsin American Indian Nations – The history and relationships of local nations of Wisconsin
Anishinaabe Nations – Traditional life ways of the Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Odawa nations
Fur Trade Era – The characters, history and significance of the Fur Trade Era in Wisconsin


Civil War and History

Reading Artifacts – Methods used by historians to interpret material sources – for older students
Equipment & Gear of the Union Soldier – Clothing and various tools of Civil War Union soldiers
Women of the Civil War – The remarkable lives of famous local women of the Civil War
The Underground Railroad – The dramatic stories and common misconceptions of the Underground Railroad