Artist's rendering of the renovated Great Hall
Great Hall renovation in progress, January 15, 2020
Spectacular mineral specimens in David Friend Hall

Last Updated: August 20, 2020 

Welcome Teachers!


While the public facing part of the Peabody Museum is now closed for the start of a three year renovation, the Office of School & Teacher Engagement is still here to serve you.  We're currently working remotely, like many of you, and preparing a variety of programs to deliver to your students on-line.  Our physical offices have moved to Yale's West Campus in Orange and we are preparing the classrooms there and outdoor facilities for the eventual return of in person programming.


In the meantime, WE NEED YOUR HELP as we transition to on-line programming.  Please click on the link below and complete a short survey to give us an idea of which programs will be of most use to you and your students.  The survey should take less than 2 minutes.  You can also contact me directly with any information or comments you think may be helpful.  We look forward to your feedback and hope to be able to reach out to you and your students this fall.


Tom Parlapiano (thomas.parlapiano@yale.edu)


Yale Peabody Museum Remote Programming Survey



March 2020  


With coronavirus shutting down the Peabody Museum and all Connecticut schools, I'm writing to remind you of the science and social studies units available on this page (left hand menu bar - Curriula) which address a range of grades.  Please use them if you can as part of your distance learning initiatives.


Our education staff has been meeting remotely this week to discuss ways we can quickly add to our content to help teachers and parents find solid science and social studies content featuring Peabody specimens, research and experts.  If there is a subject you need addressed, and you think we can be of help, please e-mail me and I'll bring it to our group.


Here are some existing websites with lots of great content for kids, adults and teachers:

National Park Service (language arts, history, science)

UC Berkeley (evolution, dinosaurs)

Smithsionian Institution (history, science, art)

National Geographic (earth & life science)

American Museum of Natural History (science)

US Geological Survey (earth & life science)

Cornell Lab or Ornithology (life science)

Bat Conservation International (bat ecology and activity booklet)

British Museum (Ancient Egypt)

National Geographic (Ancient Mesopotamia)

Ancient History Encyclopedia (Ancient Mesopotamia and more)

Connecticut History.org (Native Peoples of Connecticut and more)

Connecticut State Library (Native Peoples of Connecticut)


If you find other exceptional educational resources you'd like to share with others, please e-mail us at peabody.education@yale.edu and we will add them to this list.  Check back for news about our future plans and remember we will be offering programs in the fall at Yale's West Campus in Orange.  More on that soon.



January 2020


Renovation Update

As we continue to plan future exhibits, we welcome your input about the specimens and objects that are important to you.  Your input can help guide us as we design the galleries, select specimens to exhibit and craft the interpretive text.  And we want to hear from you about new topics for programs.  Please contact the School Programs Office with your ideas and suggestions.  A few features of the new museum we think you will especially appreciate are dedicated education classrooms, an indoor lunch room and lots of sound proofing!!  We look forward to your ideas.  Visit Peabody Evolved to get a preview......


West Campus Update 

July 1st will mark the start of a new chapter for the Education Department.  We'll be moving to the Education Center at Yale's West Campus, located just off Marsh Hill Road in Orange.  It is familiar space for us, having been a Peabody programming hub from 2009 to 2015 for school programs, teacher workshops and natural science illustration classes.


We're currently outfitting our new facility and have been bulking up our collection of microscopes.  We'll have more teaching specimens too - Peabody collections managers are letting us "borrow" some specimens that you've seen on exhibit in the Museum's galleries.  And we've got an amazing virtual 3D Great Hall so brontosaurus, stegosaurus and the rest of our prehistoric menagerie can still be a part of our programs!


We'll continue many of the programs we’ve been offering including: Adaptations, Human Origins, Landforms, Native Peoples of Connecticut, Paleo-Worlds, Dinosaurs, Habitats & Human Impacts, Connecticut Wildlife and Properties of Rocks & Minerals.  In addition, we’re developing new life science programs that will take advantage of our West Campus location which includes an extensive network of on-campus nature trails.


We expect to be open for your visits in late-September or early October, 2020 and will begin taking reservations for programs at West Campus soon, so stay tuned.  We hope you'll bring your students to visit us. 


Field Trip Essentials (field trips are shut down for the time being)

Here's everything you need to schedule your field trip:


P. REX Club Sign up!

Register for the P. REX Club (Peabody Regional Educators’ eXchange) and receive e-mails about upcoming events just for educators such as our fall open house, programs and professional development opportunities, exhibit openings and our signature P.REX evening programs.  


P. REX evening programs in a nutshell:

  • A chance to network with other educators
  • 20-minute topical presentations by engaging speakers
  • Fun take-away activities
  • Raffle prizes
  • Refreshments



None at this time