Peabody Education Programs

A university has a peculiar opportunity to broaden greatly the common vision of the values of a museum in our general community life.

— Yale president James Rowland Angell to Richard Swann Lull, 1923

The Yale Peabody Museum was the first university natural history museum to establish a public education department. In January 1926, the School Services Department opened its doors with the new Peabody Museum building to serve local public schoolchildren. At that time, Yale president James Rowland Angell encouraged Peabody’s director, Richard Swann Lull, to reach out to area public schools so that the Museum’s pioneering evolution-based exhibitions could be used as teaching tools. To fulfill this broader public mission, Lull invited public school classes to explore the Museum, using child-friendly exhibits and guest lectures.

The Peabody’s commitment as a robust resource for area public school students, in New Haven and beyond, continues today. Almost a century later, offerings and opportunities are enhanced through online outreach and virtual programming, based on world-class collections and research.


Teachers

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Teachers

Explore the Peabody’s unique offerings and resources aligned with Connecticut standards. Bring the natural sciences to your students with live online science and social studies programs.

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Yale Community

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Yale Community

Explore exceptional object-based teaching opportunities that foster student engagement at the renovated and expanded Peabody Museum with spaces designed for Yale students.

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Family Programs

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Family Programs

The Yale Peabody Museum hosts signature events, festivals, and programs for children, families, and the greater New Haven community. In partnership with Yale groups and local organizations, these opportunities for learning and meaningful community engagement welcome thousands of visitors.

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Programs for Adults

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Programs for Adults

Join us for captivating, expert-led natural history talks. Discover new ways to encounter art and nature using the Peabody’s collections and outdoor spaces.

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Community Education

EVOLUTIONS Afterschool Program

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EVOLUTIONS Afterschool Program

This free hands-on science, career, and college prep program serves New Haven and West Haven public high school students through weekly classes, weekend employment, summer internships, field trips, and special events.

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What Is Sci.CORPS?

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EVOLUTIONS

What is Sci.CORPS?


Meet the students of Sci.CORPS—Science Career Orientation and Readiness Program for Students—who train and work as museum interpreters at the Museum.

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Camps

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Camps

Our summer programs have an exciting mix of opportunities for school-aged children who love nature and exploring the world around them with new friends.

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Peabody on the Road

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Outreach

Peabody on the Road


This award-winning community outreach program brings a fascinating and educational sampling of the Yale Peabody Museum’s collections to your public event.

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Contact

Tom Parlapiano Manager,
School & Teacher Engagement
David Heiser Director of Student Programs,
Student Programs
+1 203 432 9545 david.heiser@yale.edu
Andrea Motto Afterschool Program Director; Manager,
Public & Youth Engagement
+1 203 432 6577 andrea.motto@yale.edu
Jesse Delia Camps & Public Programs Coordinator,
Public Programs / Camps
+1 203 432 3776 jesse.delia@yale.edu