Classes and Public Programs

The Idaho Museum of Natural History reaches over 10,000 children annually through outreach programs and guided tours. As the state museum of natural history, the Education Resources Center offers unique educational materials and programs for teachers and students from the Snake River Plain, into the Panhandle, and beyond. We at the ERC believe that learning is an exciting, ongoing process and work hard to offer customized experiences to learners of all ages and abilities.

Activities and experiences can be customized and catered to any audience and subject and are provided free or at minimal cost. Contact the Education Resources Office, at 208-282-2195 or email: for more information or to register for any of our exciting programs listed below.



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Fall 2014 Schedule

Museum Rangers $20/Class

Museum Rangers will learn what it takes to work in a museum with hands on activities and behind the scenes tours based the themes listed below.

Geology: Let’s Study the Earth!

Location: Museum Classroom

10/6 2:30-4:30 PM 3rd-6th Grade

10/8 3:30-5:30 PM K-2nd Grade


Paleontology: Let’s Study Fossils!

Location: Museum Classroom

10/13 2:30-4:30 PM 3rd-6th Grade

10/15 3:30-5:30 PM K-2nd Grade


Anthropology: Let’s Study People!

Location: Museum Classroom

10/20 2:30-4:30 PM 3rd-6th Grade

10/22 3:30-5:30 PM K-2nd Grade


Botany: Let’s Study Plants!

Location: Museum Classroom

10/27 2:30-4:30 PM 3rd-6th Grade

10/29 3:30-5:30 PM K-2nd Grade


The Art of Natural History $25/Class

Got a crafty kid? Join us for these natural history themed arts and crafts.


Fossil Art

Location: Museum Classroom

 11/3 2:30-4:30 PM 3rd-6th Grade

 11/5 3:30-5:30 PM K-2nd Grade


Gyotaku Fish Painting

Location: Museum Classroom

 11/10 2:30-4:30 PM 3rd-6th Grade

 11/12 3:30-5:30 PM K-2nd Grade


Native American Bead Craft

Location: Museum Classroom

 11/17 2:30-4:30 PM 3rd-6th Grade

 11/19 3:30-5:30 PM K-2nd Grade


Young Sportsman’s Society $50

Location: Museum Classroom, field trips, and camping trip to Blackfoot Wildlife Management Area

The IMNH has joined up with Idaho Fish and Game to offer a program for kids interested in natural resources and game management.  Join us for class activities, hands on experience with scientists, field trips, and a camp out.

9/9/-9/23 Tues and Thurs 3:30-5:30 PM 4th-6th Grade

9/27-9/28 Camping Trip


Free Forestry Field Trip $0

Location: Meet at Museum and Field Trip to Mink Creek

The Idaho Forest Products Commission has sponsored the IMNH to host a free field trip for children to meet a forester, and learn what it takes to care of Idaho’s forests. 

11/1 12:00-3:00 PM 3rd-6th Grade or Families


Beginning Photography $35.00

Location: Museum Classroom and Cusick Creek 

Have a fancy DSLR camera, and no idea how use it?  This class is for you.  Come learn about aperture, ISO, shutter speed, and tips for composing great nature shots.  Try out what you learned during a short field trip.

10/4 12:00-3:00 PM 18+ years old



Field Trips and Guided Tours

Whether you’re visiting with a group of five or 50, the Idaho Museum of Natural History can offer your students an authentic experience like none other. We offer learning opportunities in all areas of STEM education in alignment with the
Idaho State Standards. Exhibit Interpreters and Museum staff offer insight on gallery exhibitions while the Science Discovery Center offers a free-choice learning environment for scientific discovery.  Contact the ERC for more information: 208-282-2195

Community Outreach Programs

Teachers are faced with many challenges in the modern classroom, not the least of which are time and financial resources. If a visit to the Museum is not in your budget, the ERC can come to you! Our mobile museum is available to schools and qualified programs throughout the state to provide your students with a unique museum experience, without the travel. Contact the ERC for more information: 208-282-2195 

Educational Resources and Materials

Interactions with real specimens and artifacts provide meaningful learning experiences that last a lifetime. The ERC has an extensive library offering resources and materials to Idaho educators to supplement their existing curriculum and satisfy state standards. Books, videos, Discovery Boxes, and learning activity plans are available to educators and learning leaders within Idaho.  Contact the ERC for more information: 208-282-2195 

Rebecca Thorne- Ferrel Discovery Center

The Rebecca Thorne- Ferrel Discovery Center has long been a resource enjoyed by families, educators, and visitors of all ages. The free-choice learning environment provides children authentic experiences in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and inspires a love of science and an appreciation for lifelong learning.