Homeschool Fun!

Designed with the homeschooling community in mind, our programs feature subjects related to the Iron Hill region and beyond. We have Homeschool Wednesdays that will focus on a certain topic monthly during the year. We also have our standard program tiers- Nature at a Glance, Learning Together, & Geology + Collect. All programs are appropriate for a range of ages and abilities, activities include an educator-led tour of the Museum & Science Center, and a chance to explore various topics through historic artifacts, photographs, natural history, and demonstrations. Students and their families also get time to explore the Museum & Science Center on their own. See below for more information.

OUR BUILDINGS

Depending on where you live, your region may have many different museums, or just a few. Let us introduce you to our museum and science center. 

Natural history inside the Iron Hill Science Center

Collections frequently include fossils, rocks and minerals, and preserved plants and animals. This building is located on Robert L. Melson Lane, and has been our main building since 2016. 

Human history in the Iron Hill Museum

The collections are on display within a 1923 built school house. Those collections include iron mining & history of Iron Hill Village, the history of the school house, and the lives of the Lenape people.


Every month during the year, we have Homeschool Wednesdays! Explore the natural world in Iron Hill Museum & Science Center’s homeschool classes. Students ages 5-18 from the homeschool community can attend sessions designed to complement homeschool science curriculums and make homeschooling more convenient, interactive, and engaging for your family. You can register by clicking on the interested month below.

Upcoming Classes

Homeschool classes meet on certain Wednesdays each month. There are two sessions each day. Session one meets from 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m.. Session two meets from 2p.m. to 3p.m.. Admission is $2 per person. Registration is required for these classes.

~ December: Winter is Coming! December 8, December 15, December 22, 2021

Which animals in Delaware hibernate? How do others migrate? Why shouldn’t we rake our leaves until spring? Join us for a full course on what to expect this coming winter!

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December Registrations

~ January: Look To The Sky! January 12, January 19, January 26, 2021
Although many of our native birds migrate before the first snow, we have plenty of colorful feathers to look for! Birding is the easiest when the leaves have fallen and the trees are bare. Come and learn all about the birds of Delaware, and ways you can find new species!

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January Registrations

~ February: Rocks Are Weird! February 9, February 16, February 23, 2021
Emphasis is on properties that lead to the identification of rocks and minerals. Why is Geology important? Join us as we dig up information on the rock cycle and check out all of the ways to identify a rock. 

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February Registrations

~ March: Environmental Platform March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30, 2021
What is an ecosystem? How are ecosystems different across states and regions? Come and learn all about the environment around you! We will be discussing how plants, animals, and other organisms work together to create the life we see everyday.

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March Registrations


Classes are designed to serve small homeschool co-op groups, individual homeschool families, or private schools with small classes (this can accommodate up to 10 people).

To book a program, please email Maureen Zieber at director@ironhillsciencecenter.org or by calling 302-368-5703.

Nature at a Glance Program

This program costs $25 if your group is less than 10 people (children 4 and under are free). Every additional person exceeding the number of 10 is $2.50 each. The program includes:

  • General admission to the building with self guided pamphlet.
  • 1/2 hour of instruction on any topic we offer. This includes our field trip topics, and our outreach topics that can be tailored to be in our classroom.
  • Access to our small classroom or outside pavilion if families wanted to teach a subject or two in a different location than their normal spot.

Learning Together Program

This program costs $45 if your group is less than 10 people (children 4 and under are free). Every additional person exceeding the number of 10 is $4 each. The program includes:

  • General admission to the building with self guided pamphlet.
  • 1 hour of instruction on any topic we offer. This includes our field trip topics, and our outreach topics that can be tailored to be in our classroom.
  • A 1/2 hour museum educator lead nature hike through our woods.
  • Access to our small classroom or our outside pavilion if families wanted to teach a subject or two in a different location than their normal spot.

Geology + Collect Program

This program costs $65 if your group is less than 10 people (children 4 and under are free). Every additional person exceeding the number of 10 is $5 each. The program includes:

  • General admission to the building with self guided pamphlet.
  • The Earth Science + Collect Program that is listed on our field trips page. Total time is 2-3 hours.
  • Access to our small classroom or our outside pavilion if families wanted to teach a subject or two in a different location than their normal spot.
Small group on a hike. Image by Maureen Zieber.