Peabody on the Road Program

The Peabody on the Road Program is not currently in operation. We encourage you to check out our Peabody @ Home page linked above for a variety of digital resources.

For group programs, check out the Education links on the Museum's homepage. These are currently presented on-line due to COVID.

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 the Peabody Museum.  Each kit contains more than 20 hands on specimens and artifacts for children and adults to touch and explore.


Online requests for a Peabody On The Road kit must be received at least one month prior to the date of your event.  Our kit will visit your event for a period of 2 to 3 hours, so if you have an all day event, please be sure to specifiy the hours you would like our kit to be present. We will confirm reservations once we have sufficient volunteers to staff the event.  Please also indicate if you are flexible regarding the choice of kit.  The Museum provides only the kit and the interpreters.  You must provide a table and 2 chairs.  A Peabody on the Road kit requires a minimum of one 8-foot table.  Two 8-foot tables is ideal.


Contact Information

For questions about the program, please contact us at or complete the form below and we will be in touch.


Click HERE to Register Online


Q: What kits are available?

A: We have four kits available for your event:


  • 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)!


  • 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 Dinos to Birds, explores the many connections between ancient dinosaurs and modern birds.

         See fossilized dinosaur egg shell fragments

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

         Touch a fossilized dinosaur bone

         Study the structure of feathers



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

A: Not yet! Once we receive your registration we need to check our schedule to see if the requested kit is available, and then find volunteers willing and able to staff the event. We will send you a Confirmation Form once we are sure we can be 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 also need to provide at least one 8 foot table and two chairs. 


Q: Does Peabody on the Road visit classrooms? 

A: We are unable to take our program to individual classrooms. However, we can be present at a science night or other school program where the public is invited.


Q: Is this program available to visit my school, summer camp, or Scout meeting?

A: At this time, the Peabody on the Road program is only available for events which are open to the general public, i.e. community festivals 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: If 1 week or more before the event, 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.