School tours

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Native Americans to Pioneers

Learn about Native Americans, the Florida Panhandle's original residents, and Pioneers. The tour will explore the similarities and differences between these two groups and how technology and our lifestyles have changed over the years. Students will also have self-guided time in the Discovery room, a hands-on area where students can experience a model one-room schoolhouse, store, and an archaeology dig.


Activities to accompany this tour include pinchpots, paper dolls, and designing your own pioneer-style quilt.

Paradise Gardens

This tour explores our pollinator garden and the importance of bees, birds, and butterflies and plants to the ecosystem. Students will learn about different types of plants such as perennials and annuals, how to describe the life cycles of plants, and the structures of plants.


Chromatography butterflies are a wonderful accompaniment to this tour to allow students to see capillary action and how water reacts with markers to enhance the color spectrum

Technology Throughout History

A lot has changed in the Panhandle since the Native Americans first got here, and in this tour students will learn how technology was developed and used by pioneers and during WWII. This tour includes aspects of history and focuses mainly on the use of simple machines.


Students will make catapults using popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and spoons to have hands-on learning with simple machines.

Bespoke tours

Don't see something that meets you and your students' needs? Give us a call, and we'll be happy to work with you to create the right experience for your school.

Cost

$7 per student

$3 per adult chaperone

Free for teachers

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Homeschool Fridays

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Homeschool Fridays

One Friday each month, guest speakers come to the museum to meet with homeschool students about various topics including the hammered dulcimer and archaeology.

Cost

Students -  $10 each | $8 for members

Parents - first is free, additional are $3 each

Upcoming dates and topics

April 26 1:00-2:30 - "Learning about instruments"

May 17 1:00-2:30 - "Can you dig it?"


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Heritage Alive! Classes

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History Sandwiched-In

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month for an hour-long casual lecture about the history of crafts, the Florida Panhandle, and a variety of other topics! These events are always free, and no registration is required.

12 April

History of Essential Oils

12pm - 1pm

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12 April

History of Essential Oils

Anna Sandlin will be discussing the history of essential oils from Biblical times to present day, including their various uses. Please bring a lunch and a drink!

12pm - 1pm

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10 May

Preserving the Panhandle Shorelines

12pm - 1pm

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10 May

Preserving the Panhandle Shorelines

Erika Zambello will trace the history of living shorelines in our region, as well as outline future restoration projects. She currently works as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and has lived and worked along the Emerald Coast for four years. She loves birding along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay, looking for snowy plovers, bald eagles, ospreys, and more.

12pm - 1pm

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14 June

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12pm - 1pm

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14 June

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12pm - 1pm

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12 July

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12pm - 1pm

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12 July

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12pm - 1pm

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9 August

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12pm - 1pm

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9 August

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12pm - 1pm

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Summer camp

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More details coming soon!

Join us in June for a fun and educational camp for rising Kindergarten through fifth graders! Featured lessons will include botany, archaeology, food science, and rockets.


Check back soon for more details including specific activities and lessons for each day, instructors, dates, and times.


Cost

$17 per day

$75 for the week