Peabody on the Road Program

Peabody on the Road is an award-winning community outreach program that brings a sampling of the Peabody Museum’s artifacts and specimens to public events.

We will not be accepting additional requests for Peabody On The Road appearances until Fall 2016. Check back then for updated information on reserving this outreach program for your event. If you have already reserved a program for your event this summer and received confirmation, we will be in touch to coordinate a Peabody On The Road appearance at your event.

If your organization is hosting an event which is open to the general public and is within a 25 mile radius of the Museum, one of our Peabody on the Road kits can be a great addition to your event! Our volunteers will engage visitors and answer questions about natural history, world cultures, and other Peabody Museum specialties.  Each kit contains more than 20 hands on specimens and artifacts for children and adults to touch and explore.


Submit an online request for one of our interactive educational kits and we will coordinate with our volunteers, confirming with you one month prior to the date if we are able to attend. If your event is several hours long, please prioritize the most important two-hour time period that you would like for us to be present. Please also indicate if you are flexible regarding the choice of kit.  A Peabody On The Road kit requires a minimum of one 8-foot table.  Two folding chairs for the volunteers is also greatly appreciated. The table and chairs must be provided by you


Q: What kits are available?

A: We have four kits available to send out:

  • The original Natural History Kit: an overview of natural history through specimens to touch and wonder about.  

Touch a replica of a T.Rex tooth

Feel black bear fur

Compare the skulls of a deer, bear and beaver

Look a tarantula in the eyes (you have 2, it has 8)!


  • The Anthropology Kit with its theme: How Cultures Carry Things is a chance to learn how many solutions there are, around the world, to carry out a common task. 

Open a tiffin picnic set from India

Try out a shoulder pole from Vietnam

See how Woodland Indian people used a travois

Touch a holder for blow-pipe darts made from monkey skin and bamboo!


  • Our Geology Kit, called Rocks and Minerals, takes a look at geological history through games and specimens. 

Experiment to see which rock can float

Find out what mineral you use each day to brush your teeth

What rock makes your food taste better

Compare a tree branch with petrified wood from millions of years ago

Use a black light to discover natural fluorescence glowing in several rocks


  • NEW!!!  Our Evolution Kit, called Dino to Birds, explores the many connections between ancient dinosaurs and modern birds.

Touch bird feathers

See fossilized dinosaur egg shell fragments

Compare the nests of a hummingbird, an oriole and a robin

Touch a fossilized dinosaur bone



Q: I submitted my request - can I expect to see Peabody On the Road program at my event?

A: We will send you a confirmation once we know the kit you have requested is available and we have volunteers to staff the program at your event.  


Q: How far will the Museum send volunteers for a program?

A: Our programs go out to locations within a 25-mile radius of the Museum


Q: What can the event coordinator do to help the Peabody Museum with staffing of the event?

A: The event coordinator should fill out and submit the registration form as soon as possible in order to ensure adequate lead time for Peabody Museum staff to find volunteers for the event. Please be aware you will also need to provide at least one 8-foot table and two chairs. 


Q: Is Peabody on the Road available to visit my classroom, school, summer camp, or scout meeting?

A: The Peabody on the Road program is only available for events which are open to the general public, i.e. community festivals, science fairs or library events. Our Education Office is happy to schedule field trips to the Yale Peabody Museum for any school, camp, or scout group - please contact


Q: I have a confirmed event with Peabody on the Road.  My event has been cancelled.  What should I do?

A: Please contact Elizabeth Steele at Otherwise you must contact the volunteers directly (contact info will be on the Confirmation Form).  It is extremely important, especially on the day of the event, as the volunteer may not get proper notice to not arrive.


Q: How can I become a Peabody on the Road volunteer?

A: Begin by filling out the general volunteer application on this website and indicate your interest in the Peabody on the Road program. Upon successful completion of the application and interview process, your name will be added to a list of people interested in training for either the natural History and Anthropology kits (1 ½ hours) or the Rocks and Minerals Kit (2 hours). Once you have completed at least one training your name is added to those who are ready to take the kit out to events.