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 for individual families. 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.

~ May: Digging Up the Past May 11, May 18, May 25, 2022

May is Delaware Archeology Month! The past has many layers, and can show us a timeline of events through history. We will be diving into the meaning of archeology and how it helps us through day to day modern life. Come and discover a timeless program at the Iron Hill Museum during the month of May!

~ June: Tree-mendous Adventures (Outdoor Survival) June 8, June 15, June 22, 2022
Summer is the best time to get outdoors! But, what happens if you get lost in the woods? Your best chance is to have a sense of independence, a connection to Mother Nature, and a few basic life skills. Jump on board as we learn to better ourselves in an open-air environment.

~ July: The Real Ice Breaker (Pollution/Global Climate Change) July 6, July 27, 2022
The rate of Earth’s warming has doubled over the last 40 years, with the 10 warmest years on record occurring since 2005. Glaciers are shrinking and sea levels are rising. How have green gas emissions sped up the natural process of climate change? What can we do to help? Our educators are here to discuss carbon footprinting and the effects it has on the world. Come work with us to see how our daily routine can help others around the world.

~ August: Something’s BUGGING Me! (Entomology) August 24, August 31, 2022
Exploring entomology can be a little intimidating for some, but we are inviting you to build a relationship with the largest group in the animal kingdom! Insects play one of the most important roles in terrestrial ecosystems. Did you know that some forms of modern day technology comes from studying bugs? They can also inspire a deep connection to nature. Sign up to talk about a diverse range of insect species, along with the base they create for the food web, pollination, recycling, and more!


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.
Image by Stacye Del Prete.