Time to go outside to learn!

READY? SET! LET’S GO OUTSIDE!

The Iron Hill Museum & Science Center is a great place to take the time to explore. Nature is all around us, and the diversity of open field and wooded copses changes throughout the seasons. Being outdoors is a great way to support creativity, reduce stress, and increase your connection with nature.

Homeschoolers, school groups, and families are welcome to spend the day or a few hours. Autumn is a great time to learn about rocks and minerals, mammals, bats, insects, and the Lenape (native people that used to live in this area traditionally). Check out our programs by clicking here.

What to do

Come and enjoy time here by engulfing yourself in nature! Take a guided trail walk with one of our educators, spend time in our pavilion with your own instruction, have a picnic, or have a lesson on the native people that lived near the hill a long time ago or a nature related topic.

What to take

Be prepared! The image shows some options. Those include: water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, first aid, something to take pictures with, and a backpack.

What to wear

  • This is weather dependent. We suggest wearing closed toed shoes while visiting to reduce debris getting stuck when you walk or if you stub your toe.
  • Wear layers when it makes sense. If you get to hot or to cold, you can subtract or add layers of clothing for your comfort.

Staying Safe

  • Make sure you watch wildlife at a distance. Doing so will keep you safe and any wildlife you see safe.
  • Leave no trace!
    • Plan ahead.
    • Dispose of waste properly at trash cans, or take it with you.
    • Leave what you find.
    • Respect wildlife.
    • Be considerate of other visitors.
    • Stay on the trails while hiking.
  • Be aware of the plants that might cause harm.
    • Virginia Creeper (the sap can cause skin irritation and blisters in sensitive people when it punctures the skin)
    • Poison ivy, Poison sumac, and Poison oak (by touching any of these, a rash is formed and caused by an allergic reaction to an oily resin called urushiol. This oily resin is in the leaves, stems and roots of all three of these plants.)
    • Poison hemlock (all of the parts of the plant should be considered dangerous! It is very toxic to animals and humans.)
    • Multiflora rose (have thorns all along the stem that are very sharp. They form dense thickets that invade environments and crowd out native species.)
  • Covid-19 precautions
    • Practice social distancing.
    • Wear a mask when near people you do not live with.

Contact us for more information at 302-368-5703 or director@ironhillsciencecenter.org.