Science Labs

Our outreach labs focus on a hands-on approach using authentic objects, tools, specimens, and live animals. Watch your students utilize inquiry, observation, and critical thinking skills as they step into the roles of scientists and engineers. Also, ask our team about adapting curriculum for other grade levels. Transportation fees may apply.

35 students/session  |  1-2 sessions: $160 each; 3+ sessions: $140 each

Animal Adaptations

Grades 2–6

Discover how changes in structure, function, and behavior of animals help them survive and thrive. See what makes top predators, swimmers, fliers, and more!

Incredible Invertebrates

Grades K–3

Learn how to distinguish unique characteristics, life cycles, habitats, and diversity of the largest class of organisms on Earth—and discover the essential roles they play in our world.

Honey Bees

Grades K–8

Research the honey bees' critical role in our ecosystem as pollinators and learn about their complex social structure. Also, students can take home a jar of honey for only +$.50/each! Offered April – October only.

Mammals Among Us

Grades 2–6

Use skeletal specimens to identify a mammals' distinct characteristics and body structures, and learn how they adapt to more habitats than any other animal group.

Nature's Engineers

Grades 4–8

Explore engineering in nature and the ways humans use these examples today. Experience the engineering process by designing and testing your own inventions.

Pollination and Our Food

Grades 2–8

Pollination is key to human food production. Investigate the diversity of animal pollinators and the process of pollination by dissecting flowers.


New! Early Learner Labs

Ages 3–5 | 30 minutes
$3/student, 60 max | $1.50/student with tour, 120 max

Through directed play, early learners will practice using their five senses to explore nature like scientists. They will also practice making predictions and experiment with cause and effect.

New! Honey Bees, Pollinators, & Our Food

Grades 3–8 | $15/student
4 hours + 1-hour classroom visit

Learn what's causing the global decline of pollinators and how we can help. This program includes a visit by a Bell educator to your classroom before your museum visit, a Discovery Tour, and a jar of honey for each student.

Book today

Contact us to schedule your next education experience.

belladm@umn.edu
612-626-9660

Affordable & accessible

We can help make your experience even more manageable with bus scholarships and reduced prices for tours, labs, and outreach programs. Eligibility details and applications coming Fall 2016.

The museum is also accessible for visitors with disabilities, and our accessibility coordinator will help you arrange accommodations, ASL interpretation, or information in an alternative format. z.umn.edu/bellaccessibility