Plan Your Virtual School or Group Visit

From exciting school field trips that include innovative educator-led programs and inspiring self-guided visits to cutting-edge professional development opportunities, the Education Department at the Berkshire Museum has served as a valuable resource for educators in the Berkshires and surrounding regions, providing more than 29,000 educational experiences every year for many years.

This fall, all of our popular educator-led programs are available online for use as part of your virtual classroom.

Reserve Exclusive Experiences for Your Class or Join Students From Across the Region for Open Sessions Online

To support efforts in remote learning throughout the region, we’re presenting our tested, educator-led programs in two new formats. Register your class for a private, interactive presentation of any of our educational programs at a set time and date, or join us and groups from across the state for any of our Open Sessions. Both formats are free for all teachers regardless of location, school, or grade.

Private Lessons: Available by reservation Monday to Friday, starting at 9:30 am

Our full suite of educator-led programs – from Aquarium Exploration to Women of the Ancient World – is available free of charge for your remote classroom! Click here to review our complete offerings and learn how to register.

Open Sessions: Wednesdays at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm

Sign up today for a whole season of museum lessons! Our expert educators will present one of our most requested programs twice each Wednesday this fall to virtual classrooms across the state. With just one registration, Open Session users and their students will have access to every live program during their chosen time slot. Open Sessions will feature content tailored for grades 3 to 6.

All Open Sessions will be hosted via RingCentral, a call and webinar platform similar to Zoom. Please register with our education staff by emailing [email protected] to receive a link that will grant you and your class access to all upcoming Open Sessions.

October: Amazing Reptiles
Join Berkshire Museum educators every Wednesday in October for our popular Amazing Reptiles program! Each week your students will meet one of the many animals that call the Berkshire Museum Aquarium home and discover its many unique adaptations. Learn what makes a reptile different from other animals, why Leopard Geckos are so fast, what Chuck the Tortoise likes to eat, how Ball Pythons sense smells, and so much more. Can’t attend all four? No problem! You and your students can attend one, two, or more! Just tune in with your link during your registered time slot and enjoy the lesson.

November: Mammal Adaptations
On Wednesdays, November 4, 11, and 18, tune with your students in to discover how the many mammals found in the Berkshires have adapted for survival.  Together, we will compare and contrast pelts, skulls, and teeth, then discuss what mammals have in common and makes them unique. We will also explore the challenges mammals face as their habitats change and are lost to climate change and how we can interrupt this process.

For any teacher, teaching any grade, at any school.

Thanks to the generous underwriting support of Greylock Federal Credit Union, the Beauregard Family, and our community, classes from ALL public and private schools visit Berkshire Museum free of charge online and in person!

Youth groups, scout troops, and other non-school groups may participate in our educator-led programs  at a reduced price. Click here to learn more.

View a Complete List of Educator-Led Programs
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