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Virtual Lessons

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Stay safe while learning and exploring the Academy with your class! Beginning in 2021, we are excited to offer new virtual classroom lessons for school students K-12! Each class is approximately 45 minutes and features live interactions with Academy educators.

Our lessons are developed in correlation with the key components of the Academy of Natural Sciences: water quality, climate science, evolution, and biodiversity and extinction. Each class meets certain PA Academic Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Each topic has its own teacher’s guide full of supportive curriculum and activities relative to the lesson. These will be available to teachers when registered for a virtual class. Our virtual lessons enhance classroom comprehension and operate as a science curriculum purpose.

We look forward to working with you again and virtually inspiring your students!

Virtual Offerings

Bugs to Butterflies (K-3rd grades)

What is the difference between an insect and a spider? What senses does a butterfly use to discover its world? Explore the amazing world of boneless creatures by investigating museum specimens and observing live invertebrates.

Meet the Dinosaurs (K-3rd grades)

Dinosaurs continue to inspire people of all ages, but what exactly is a dinosaur? When and where did they live and how do we know? Explore such questions in this introductory dinosaur class using role-playing activities and museum specimens.

Amazing Arthropods (4th-8th grades)

Eat or be eaten is the name of the game in this lesson about arthropods featuring museum specimens and real live invertebrates. Investigate the adaptations animals as diverse as millipedes and tarantulas use to obtain food or avoid becoming food!

Happening Habitats (4th-8th grades)

Food, water, shelter, space – all creatures need a habitat that provides these things. Explore a variety of dioramas from different parts of the world, and learn how animals depend upon and relate to one another. Meet some live animals from specific habitats, and discover how the animals’ needs are met.

Fossil Forensics (4th-12th grades)

You will not see a living Tyrannosaurus rex or a mastodon hanging around in your backyard (we hope!). So how do paleontologists know about extinct animals? Solve some of the mysteries of ancient adaptations and behaviors yourself using evidence. Make inferences about ancient animals by examining fossils, artifacts and museum specimens.


$225 per virtual class. Book two or more classes and receive $35 off per class ($190/class). Maximum per class: 35 students. Teachers MUST be present in the virtual class. Led by Academy educators, each class is approximately 45 minutes. The digital platform is Zoom. (Other virtual platforms must be approved prior to lesson.) Instructors will receive a teacher’s guide when registration is complete.

When are classes offered? 

Monday-Friday mornings: 10-11:30 a.m.

Monday-Friday afternoons: 12:30-2 p.m.

Spots are limited, so register today! If you have any questions, please email

Click here to request more information on our virtual lessons.