Bell Museum in the summer, blue sky

Virtual K-12 Programs

On-site field trips may be on hold this year, but the Bell Museum is ready to bring science education to you with Zoom-based virtual Bell experiences.

These virtual programs are designed to connect your group with a museum educator online for a live, interactive program. Whether your students are learning from home or in the classroom (or both), using a videoconferencing platform, students can participate to learn about our natural world and the universe around us.

Key Booking Details
  • Each program lasts approximately 45 minutes (note that we can shorten programs to thirty minutes if requested for pre-K and kindergarten audiences).
  • Our maximum capacity per group is 30 students; groups larger than that need to be split up into separate sessions. These are live programs with interaction with our museum educators.
  • Programs cost $100 per program (ask about pricing options for classes split up in hybrid sessions).
  • Limited scholarship funds are available for schools with 50% of the student population receiving free and/or reduced lunch.
  • Programs can be booked Monday–Friday with slots available 9am-2:15pm.
  • Bookings should be confirmed no less than two weeks prior to program date.

As we launch this program in fall 2020, we’re restricting bookings to K–12 school-based programs; however, stay tuned for additional opportunities for home school groups, scouting programs, etc., as we build capacity.

We will be opening the calendar for booking programs for general groups by on Thursday, October 15. Initially, we’ll have spots available through December 18, but stay tuned for the January–May calendar later this fall.


Link to Booking Inquiry Form

rusty patched bumble bee on a purple flower

Natural History

Pollinators: Honeybees and More

Grades K–2

Pollination is serious buzzness! Through fun, active games students learn all about honeybees and the important role they play in pollination. Observe and engage with bell Museum educators to examine insect anatomy, the life cycle of honeybees, and the process of Pollination. 

Educational Standards supported:
2019   0L.  0L.  1L.3.1.1  1E.  2L.

cute fawn laying low near a tree trunk

Natural History

Ecosystem Exploration

Grades 3-5

Join us as we “travel” through Minnesota’s biomes and discover the relationships among plants and animals within each environment. Through participation, games, and live-animal observations, engage with Bell Museum educators to gain a better understanding of local ecosystems. Learn some fascinating ways that animals have adapted to survive in their environments, hear from University of Minnesota researchers, and leave the session with ways you can make positive impacts on ecosystems near you.

Educational Standards Supported:
2019 3L.  4L.  5P.

Close up of leopard gecko

Natural History

Biomimicry: Nature’s Engineers

Grades 6-8

Got a problem, look to nature! Scientists, architects, fashion designers and more have looked to the natural world to answer questions and to advance technology. Engage with Bell Museum educators to examine ways that humans have studied plant and animal engineers to create and improve products that enhance our lives. By observing specimens from our collection and using knowledge of animal anatomy and structure, work through the engineering process to find an answer inspired by nature.

Biomimicry 2019 standards: 6E. , 7L. , 7L. , 8P.

image of sun and solar system


Solar System Investigation 

Grades K-6

Get on board for a guided tour of the solar system, exploring the similarities and differences of the planets, moons, and asteroids. But when the ship’s memory fails, it will be up to the students to use their observations to fill in the missing information.

Educational Standards Supported:
2019  2P.  3P.  5E.  6E.  6E.  6E.

Andromeda Galaxy image of space


From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

Grades 6-12 

The students will decide where to go in this program, from Earth to the edge of the observable universe and anywhere in between! The journey will help students appreciate the scale of the solar system, galaxy, and universe; the vast distances separating these objects, and how these objects change over time.

Optional: To best align with your group’s needs, please request any specific topics you want covered at the time of program selection and setting your schedule. We will do our best to accommodate requests.

Educational Standards Supported
2009:  9P.
2019:  6E.  6E.  8P.  9E.

Concept art showing water on exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f


Life in the Universe

Grades 8-12

We will explore the diversity of life on Earth, and discuss what makes Earth right for life. We will then investigate objects in our Solar System and across the galaxy that could have the right conditions for life, and discuss the possibilities of finding life elsewhere in the universe.

Educational Standards Supported:
2019:   7L.  7L.  9E.3.2.1