School & Group Programs

Explore a wide range of science and social studies topics through the Yale Peabody Museum’s engaging education programs in science, history, and art. Programs and field trips are available for your school, home education, scout group, and community youth group.

Education programs are currently only available online. All programs are live, led by Museum educators, and feature Peabody specimens and exhibits. Programs can be tailored to the length of your class period. Time for a question-and-answer session is included for students to interact with the instructor. Maximum class size is 25 students. Multiple classes can participate in the same online session or multiple sessions can be reserved. Multiple sessions receive discounted pricing.

Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance. We will contact you at least a week beforehand to test your connectivity and technology. Yale’s primary remote platform is Zoom, but with enough lead time we can work with other meeting software. Use our online form or make a reservation by contacting us.

School programs are aligned with the Connecticut Social Studies Core Framework or Next Generation Science Standards for grades K–12. Please explore our pre-visit and post-visit resources for select programs available on our programs list page.

Community Education Center at Yale's West Campus

During the Museum’s renovation, the Community Education Center at Yale's West Campus is the temporary home of the Education Department.  Our Center features 3,000 square feet of classroom, presentation, and laboratory space and is our program hub until the Museum reopens.  Currently education programs are only available on-line but will meet at West Campus once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  Our K–12 programs feature more than 5,000 specimens from the Museum’s education collection, indoor presentation and laboratory facilities, and the West Campus nature trails, which are an ideal location for habitat studies, scientific investigations, and seasonal nature walks.

Our Natural Science Illustration Program courses and other adult education classes will also meet at West Campus during the Museum’s renovation.

Yale’s West Campus is 7 miles west of downtown New Haven, Connecticut, off of Interstate 95 Exit 41. Driving directions and GPS tips are available on the West Campus web pages.

The Yale Peabody Museum Community Education Center is located at the rear of 230 West Campus Drive. The Education Department shares the Center with the Bright Horizons daycare services in the front of the building.

Enter at the Marsh Hill Road entrance off I-95 and check in at the West Campus Welcome Center, 100 West Campus Drive, Orange, Connecticut 06477, for directions or to be announced.

Read what teachers have to say about our programs:

Our docent was amazing, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He made a lot of connections for my students that aligned perfectly with what we are learning in the classroom.

— A 4th Grade teacher's comment on our “Connecticut Wildlife & Habitats” program

I have been coming to the museum for this program for 11 years.  The presenter was excellent: clear, articulate, easy to understand, knowledgeable and related well to my 1st year college class.

— A college professor's comments about our Human Origins program.

We like to schedule visits to the Peabody because they are always interesting, informative presentations given by docents who are always passionate about their subject matter.

— A 5th Grade Teacher

Been visiting with my students for 21 yrs.  Peabody always does an excellent job teaching our students.  I'm always amazed at how the lessons flow so smoothly with all the excitement around.

— A 2nd Grade Teacher

Who doesn't love the Peabody?

— A 6th Grade Teacher


Office of School & Teacher Engagement
+1 203 432 3775