Museum education staff strive to give schools, the University community, and other community groups access to the scientific resources of the University of Michigan, to provide outstanding educational programs, and to accomplish this with enthusiastic University student docents who teach visitors in small groups to ensure personal attention.
About 20,000 school children visit the Museum annually. Most participate in guided tours led by docents. The docents receive extensive training, mentoring, and evaluation from the Museum’s education staff. The Museum uses inquiry-based styles of teaching. Children are invited to look, touch, and question, with the exhibits as focal points.
Educator's Open House
Thursday, November 10
This free event is open to educators and their family members.
- Come preview the Museum’s new and most popular school programs
- Preview the Museum’s new Bristle Mammoth exhibit
- Meet Dr. Michael Cherney, a paleontologist and exhibit preparator who participated in the Bristle Mammoth excavation. He will join us from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
- Learn about Planetarium experiences
- Find out how to schedule a field trip and apply for scholarships
- Meet with Education staff
A light pizza dinner will be served, please R.S.V.P. here: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/educator-open-house/ or call to 734.764.0480.
Resources Available to Educators
- Descriptions of current program offerings for school and community groups, with special programs for preschool and kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school students, and community groups.
- Information about our Planetarium and its many programs.
- Teacher and student resources, including detailed tour descriptions and corresponding Michigan Curriculum Framework objectives, Educator's guide, discovery guides, and pre- and post-visit materials.
- Information and resources for U-M Groups and Classes
If you have questions, feedback, or can't find what you are looking for, please don't hesitate to contact the Assistant Director for Education, Kira Berman at 734.647.8574 or via E-mail.
For information about other University of Michigan outreach programs, click here to visit the U-M Center for Educational Outreach website.