Education Outreach Programs

The Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art offers exhibit-based educational experiences for students of all ages.  Outreach opportunities must be arranged at least two weeks in advance. Admission fee varies by size, group type and class experience.


Introduce your students to the wonders of space science with a portable planetarium visit to your school!

$175 for two groups, $75 for additional groups- Can accommodate 25 students per group.

STELLAR LUNAR / Students will journey through the night sky as they learn about the stars, constellations and phases of the moon.  Discover the causes of moon phases as we model the earth, moon and sun systems. Grades K-5

AMAZING BIOMES / Explore the different biomes of our world in an immersive environment! Using pictures and video, we will investigate the plants and animals that make specific biomes their home as we explore geographical data, weather, and adaptations. Grades 2-5

WORLD IN MOTION / Students will discover the motion of our solar system as they look at the movements of the earth that give us day and night and the seasons. Students will explore the effects of gravity and more. Grades 6-8

THE SUN / Students will explore the age, energy sources, and structure of our closest star, the Sun. They will also discover the Sun’s role in supporting life on Earth and more. Grades 9-12

Hands-on Art and Science Workshops

$100 for 1 classroom, $75 for each additional classroom; Workshops can accommodate up to 30 students


A WATER STORY / Students will learn to observe changing weather throughout the year as we read The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman.  Following story time, students will create water cycle bags. Grades PreK-Kindergarten

OPERATION EROSION / Students will learn about the engineering design process and the causes and effects of erosion as they work in teams to devise a way to prevent beach erosion. Grades 1-5

FASCINATING FLIGHT / Students will explore the science of flight as you learn about Bernoulli’s Principle and Newton’s Laws!  Students will build their own unique flying contraption and put it to the test! Grades 6-8


CRAZY COLORS / Students will explore the role of color in art as we read A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. After the story, students will make their own color-mixing sun catcher. Grades Preschool-Kindergarten

IN THREE DIMENSIONS / Students will learn about the basics of sculpture and form as they transform paper into unique three-dimensional sculptures. Students will take inspiration from contemporary artists working with paper.  Grades 1-5

FROM AUTHOR TO ARTIST / Students will explore both literary and artistic aspects of creating their own mini graphic novel. Students will discover the basics of illustration and narrative writing as they enhance their comic using dialogue and character development. Grades 5-8

Assembly Presentations

$100 for 1 presentation, $75 for each additional presentation

SCIENCE OF SOUND / Explore the science behind sound with interactive demonstrations.  Investigate the role waves play in the creation of sound and experiment with loud vs. soft and high vs. low sounds.  Grades PreK-2

CHEF COOL / Students will investigate the physical properties of chemicals in solid, liquid and gaseous states, including the strange effects extreme cold (liquid nitrogen and dry ice) has on everyday objects. Grade 5-8

This program is possible with support from Airgas-Great Lakes Region and Dendritech®, Inc.

Midland County Historical Society Programs

WORKSHOPS / $75 per classroom; $50 for each additional classroom

MICHIGAN ON THE MOVE /  Your students will learn how innovations in transportation, like the Erie Canal, shaped Michigan and how the revolution of the auto industry shaped the nation. Discover how changes in transportation led to the settlement of Michigan; how Michigander ingenuity permanently altered American transportation; and how our local Dow history played a role too. Grades 3-5

2020 VISION: EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN / Sometimes quietly and sometimes boldly, women have shaped history. This program will highlight women’s history as we bring it to life through these living history presentations.  Choices include: turn of the 20th century entrepreneurship with Maggie Cunningham, women’s suffrage with Edith Rumrill Price; turn of the century journalist Helen Claire Merrill; and Dr. Sylvia Stoesser, Dow’s first female researcher.

FESTIVAL, FAIR, CARNIVAL BOOTHS / $100 for up to 3 hours; $35 for each additional hour

PAST TIMES / MCHS brings the past to present at your school, carnival, festival or fair. Journey back in time to learn about the daily life of Midlanders across the decades.  Explore the evolution of our county as we explore images, hear stories, and play with toys from the past. MCHS brings all of the supplies to create a local history room for your event.

*Additional travel fees apply for all outreach programs at a rate of $0.60 per mile.