Outreach Programs

Let us bring the Morris Museum to your classroom, home, or troop meeting!

The museum offers hands-on programs in the sciences, humanities and the arts. All programs are designed to allow students to experience learning in an interactive way using museum artifacts, reproductions and exhibits. Several programs incorporate multimedia PowerPoint presentations. Please inquire about integrating our offerings into your current curriculum.

Adults of all ages will engage with exciting object and multimedia presentations based on a variety of themes. All programs are designed to encourage participants in a hands-on, minds-on experience through examination of objects, artifacts and reproductions that provide educational and entertaining explorations in the sciences, arts and humanities!

Student Outreach Programs

Science Programs

Specifics for a successful program:
One program includes two (2) consecutive 50-minute presentations. Consecutive presentations must take place in the same room.
Maximum of 50 students per presentation. However, smaller groups allow optimal student interaction and are recommended.

Grades: K-3

Object Presentation
In this study of the giants that inhabited the earth millions of years ago, students examine fossils and models. Through observation and comparison, they will learn to identify various characteristics of dinosaurs and how they lived.
Science Standards: 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.3.E, 5.4.B

Grades: K-3

Object Presentation
Take a walk in the woods without going outdoors! Children will learn about members of our woodlands community and their interconnections as they explore the secret signs that mammals, birds and reptiles leave behind.
Science Standards: 5.1.A, 5.3.C

Grades: 1-4

Object Presentation
Insects are so much more than buzzing, hopping creatures! This program allows students to get up-close to actual specimens of beetles, butterflies and other insects. See what makes these tiny animals unique!
Science Standards: 5.1.A, 5.3.A, 5.3.B, 5.3.C, 5.3.D, 5.3.E

Grades: 1-4

Object & PowerPoint Presentation
Trees provide our earth with the essentials of life. In this program, students will explore several ways in which trees and their products are used by people while discussing the parts of a tree and their function.
Science Standards: 5.1.B, 5.1.D, 5.3.B, 5.3.C, 5.3.D, 5.4.E, 5.4.G

Grades: 4-6

Object & PowerPoint Presentation
Vulnerable? Endangered? Extinct? Based on the International Classification for Threatened and Endangered Species and to gain understanding, students will explore the impact of human choices, such as hunting, harvesting and
human-animal conflict on world wildlife
Science Standards: 5.1.A, 5.1.C, 5.1.D, 5.3.C, 5.3.E
Social Studies Standards: 6.1.B.

Grades: 1-4

Object & PowerPoint Presentation
Students will enjoy learning about the hows and whys of weather phenomena! Through wacky and wonderful demonstrations, children will gain an understanding of world weather conditions.
Science Standards: 5.1.B, 5.4.F, 5.4.G
Social Studies: 6.1.B

Grades: 1-3

Object & PowerPoint Presentation
How does an animal’s habitat contribute to its successful survival? Students will examine various habitats, the animals that live there, and explore their interrelationships within food chains.
Science Standards: 5.1.A, 5.3.A, 5.3.B, 5.3.C, 5.4.G

Grades: 1-4

Object & PowerPoint Presentation
Why is soil and its conservation important? Students will explore the formation of soil through natural earth processes of weathering and erosion. Students will also examine various samples of rocks and minerals.
Science Standards: 5.1.A, 5.4.B, 5.4.C, 5.4.G

Arts & Humanities Programs

Specifics for a successful program:

One program includes two (2) consecutive 50-minute presentations; each presentation is approximately 50 minutes. Consecutive presentations must take place in the same room.

Maximum of 50 students per presentation. However, smaller groups allow optimal student interaction and are recommended.

Grades: 1-6

Object & PowerPoint Presentation
The way to grow a country is to populate it! Students learn why and how people moved westward, and examine museum artifacts and reproductions to piece together a picture of pioneer life in the 1800s.
Social Studies Standards: 6.1.B, 6.1.C, 6.1.D
Visual and Performing Arts Standards: 1.2.A

Grades: 2-5

Object & PowerPoint Presentation
Through examining authentic artifacts and reproductions, students will experience a broad overview of American Indian life in four major geographical and cultural areas: Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest and Northwest Coast.
Social Studies Standards: 6.1.B, 6.1.D
Visual and Performing Arts Standards: 1.2.A

 

Grades: K-8

Object Presentation
What can we use to make music besides our voices? Students will experience a multi-sensory exploration of music by seeing, hearing and touching instruments from around the world, and learn a little bit about the culture that created each instrument.
Visual and Performing Arts Standards: 1.1.B, 1.2.A, 1.3.B, 1.4.A
Science Standards: 5.2.C, 5.4.G
Social Studies Standards: 6.1.B

Grades: 3-6

PowerPoint Presentation
This program examines important contributions to New Jersey state history through various immigrant groups that have settled here. Students will explore reasons for immigration, where people came from and what they found when they arrived.
Visual and Performing Arts Standards: 1.2
Social Studies Standards: 6.1.A, 6.1.B, 6.1.C, 6.1.D

Grades: K-2

Object Presentation
What’s the difference between a liberty pole, Liberty Bell, and Statue of Liberty? Students will delight in learning about the origins and significance of some of our national symbols and the Americans who contributed to the development of our country.
Social Studies Standards: 6.1.A, 6.1.D

Planetarium Programs

Specifics for a successful program:

Planetarium programs include four (4) presentations, typically two in the morning and two in the afternoon.
Each presentation is approximately 50 minutes.

Maximum of 25 students and one teacher per session. Space requirements: an open floor area of at least 20 ft x 20 ft with a height of 16 ft.

Grades: K-2

Object presentation
Explore the celestial skies! Students will learn about the sun and moon, earth’s seasons, and take a look at stars and constellations found in the night sky.
Language Arts Literacy Standards: 3.4
Science Standards: 5.1.A, 5.2.C, 5.4.A

Grades: 3-6

As an introduction to the history and mythology of our starry nights, students will learn about the mythological origins of constellations and many of the imaginative interpretations by ancient peoples who saw pictures in the night sky.
Language Arts Literacy Standards: 3.4
Science Standards: 5.4.A
Social Studies Standards: 6.1.D, 6.2.D

 

Adult Outreach Programs

Science Programs

 

Endangered? Extinct? Participants will explore the impact of human choices, such as hunting, harvesting and human-animal conflict on world wildlife.

Take a walk in the woods without going outdoors! Discover the secret signs that mammals, birds and reptiles leave behind, and discuss their interconnections while handling antlers, turtle shells, and other natural specimens.

In this tour of the earth’s active crust, participants will explore the historical geology of the earth, and how natural processes impact our planet through volcanic activity and earthquakes.

 

Arts and Humanities Program

Using a four-step art critique process, participants will be encouraged to appreciate fine and decorative art objects from the Morris Museum collection.

Participants will experience a multi-sensory exploration of music by seeing, hearing and touching diverse instruments, and learn a little bit about the culture that created each instrument.

As a complement to the museum’s permanent exhibition, the Murtogh D. Guinness collection of mechanical musical instruments and automata, this program incorporates a variety of multi-media clips of various pieces. Discussion will focus on the historical significance of the collection, and will reveal how the concept of entertainment changed over time.

Using reproductions and museum artifacts, participants will piece together a picture of pioneer life in the 1800s.

This program provides a broad overview of American Indian life in four major geographical and cultural areas.

This program is an exploration of the diverse cultures that have contributed to New Jersey’s history. Whether their reasons for coming were religious, political or economic, New Jersey’s history is full of the stories of everyday men and women.

Using material culture “ the objects of the past “ which relate to everyday life, discover how objects may influence their perspective on the past, and why it is important to preserve these tangible pieces of history.

Quilts serve as tangible expressions of community and heritage. Explore the stories that lie between the stitches while learning about the art and history of quilting in various cultural groups.

Special Series

Explore the Western Hemisphere with the Morris Museum Traveler Series, and become acquainted with the people and culture of several countries. Participants are encouraged to share memories of their own travel experiences while viewing photos taken by Morris Museum staff members. Programs include handling objects from most of the countries listed, and can be scheduled for individual countries or as a series.
Canada & Alaska, Mexico, The Caribbean, Ireland, Switzerland, and Germany & Austria.

 

 Ancient Egypt: Scarabs, bulls, lions and cats: discover the significance of ancient Egyptian gods through examining everyday objects. Using a model, observe the process of making a mummy by which the human body was preserved in order to enjoy life after death.

Ancient Greece: Explore ancient Greek life through examination of common everyday objecats such as plates, cups, bowls and lamps. Listen to stories of the gods they worshiped and view their images in visually artistic and utilitarian works of arts.

Mammals: Explore the natural world up-close! Examine mounted specimens of local wildlife, and learn about their habits and habitats.

Birds: Participants will examine a variety of birds through an assortment of mounted specimens. Don’t miss this opportunity to closely observe and learn about their habits and habitats.

African Masks and Sculpture: These marvelously carved spiritual objects served ritualistic purposes and were considered to be magically powerful. Discover the importance and religious aspect of African masks such as the Baluba, Kifwebe and Senufo masks, as they were believed to be the representation of the body and spirit.

Musical Instruments of Indigenous Cultures: Explore and delight in drums and rattles from Africa to Alaska, Indonesia to Ecuador! Observe and play various Native American instruments while learning about the cultures from which they came.

Exploring World Cultures through Dolls: Journey and delight in dolls from around the world! Attired in traditional clothing, formal dress and exquisite costumes, explore many cultures and countries, from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

These programs present an introduction to specific topics. Handling and examining objects, artifacts and reproductions provides educational and entertaining explorations in the sciences, arts and humanities.

How to Book an Outreach Program

  • Call
    The Morris Museum is available at 973.971.3710 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday or email educator@morrismuseum.org Outreach Programs are available Monday through Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. To ensure the dates of your choice, we suggest you schedule as far in advance as possible.
  • School Fees
    Science and Arts & Humanities Programs: $150 for the first program
    $100 for each additional program scheduled on the same day
    Planetarium Programs: $200
    There is an additional travel charge of $25 for schools/organizations outside a 10-mile radius from the Morris Museum.
    A different fee schedule may apply for after-school and summer programs.

    Adult Outreach Fees
    Fee: $100 per Program (One 1-Hour Presentation)
    Additional Travel fees may apply.
    Payment Policy:
    A 50% deposit is due upon receipt of Program Confirmation.
    Final payment is due on or before the scheduled program date.
    Programs cancelled up to two (2) weeks in advance will be fully refunded.
    Programs cancelled less than two (2) weeks in advance are non-refundable.

  • Confirmation
    A confirmation/invoice will be mailed at the time the program is booked. One program for up to 100 students includes:
    Two (2) consecutive presentations in the same location.
    Each presentation is approximately 50 minutes. Maximum of 50 students per presentation.
    Smaller groups allow optimal student interaction and are recommended.
  • Set-Up Requirements
    Please provide a large table at the front of the room for all programs.
    For PowerPoint presentations, please arrange for a screen to be set up in the room ahead of time.

    Call the Morris Museum at 973.971.3710 or email educator@morrismuseum.org to book your program today!