School Programs

American Heritage Tour

A trained docent will provide your students with the opportunity to go back in time and discover how people lived 200 years ago.  Our animatronic President and Mrs. McKinley figures will greet them in the McKinley Gallery.  They will also explore our historical life-size town, The Street of Shops where they can slide down a fire pole and see our operating model train layout.  The tour includes our newest exhibits.

Ohio & You (Available September-March)

Ohio & You takes place in the 7th street schoolhouse in the Street of Shop and in our Stark County Story exhibit.  Five programs have been developed in conjunction with Ohio Learning Standards to help children think critically, solve problems and work together.

McKinley & Me  (K & 1st Grade)

This program teaches children to use simple time lines using important events in the President McKinley’s life. They will learn the story of the red carnation and make a red carnation to take home.

A Visit with the McKinleys (2nd Grade)

Students in this program will investigate objects associated with the McKinleys and develop questions about the material. Students will then go to the McKinley Gallery and get the answers from our animatronic figures of President and Mrs. McKinley.

Stark County – Then & Now (3rd Grade)

Using our new exhibit, The Stark County Story students will learn about the history of Stark County, including the development of major industries canals, railroads and immigration to the area.

Beautiful Ohio (4th Grade)

Students will learn about the Ohio symbols and the different presidents associated with Ohio. They will use map skills to locate the birth and death places of each Ohio president. In small groups, students will make a presentation about one of the eight presidents from Ohio.

Destination Stark County (8th-12th Grade)

This exciting new program for students in grades 8-12 will utilize the new Stark County Story exhibit.  Students will explore how the history of Stark County is connected to the larger picture of American and world history.

Discover World

A docent will introduce students to the science contained on the three islands of Discover World and then allow students to explore each island on their own.  On the Natural History Island they will learn about dinosaurs, ice age animals and people, and explore in the rock and mineral area.  Students will meet the animals of Ecology Island and learn about their habitats and food chains.  Fascination Station is filled with hands-on physical science exhibits for students to explore.

Science demonstrations are available from September through March.  Please choose only one. Topics include:

  • Electric Show–(All Ages) Learn some “hair raising” facts about electricity!
  • Magic of Science–(K-2) Students see fascinating science experiments that look like magic. Most of the experiments are done using static electricity and chemical reactions.
  • Under Pressure–(3-6) Learn why a balloon remains inflated and why astronauts need space suits.

Science Expeditions (Available September-March)

Science Expeditions take place in our school house in the Street of Shop and includes five grade appropriate programs.  Each program was designed around the Ohio Learning Standards.  Students will be challenged to think critically, problem solve and work together to achieve common goals.

Bugs (All Grades)–30 Minutes

Students will learn about the importance of insects in our world and get to touch a couple of the Museum’s insects.

Habitats (2nd & 3rd Grade)–30 Minutes

Students will learn the living and non-living components of a habitat.  Students will participate in activities that show the effect of a changing habitat on populations.  They will learn the importance of food, water, shelter and space to all living creatures.

Animal Adaptations (4th & 5th  Grade)–30 Minutes

The class will participate in various activities that connect structure to function in plants and animals.

Changes (4th-6th Grade)–1 Hour

Students will view and participate in experiments involving chemical or physical changes.  They will work together to perform a variety of controlled experiments.  Students will learn characteristics of chemical and physical changes.

Fossils (5th & 6th Grade)–30 Minutes

Learn what fossils are, how they form, and what we can learn from them. Includes a PowerPoint with real fossils to examine.


Students will gain a better understanding of the planets, constellations, major stars and deep sky objects when they attend a program designed around the Ohio Learning Standards.  Current sky events as well as standard terminology used by astronauts and astronomers will also be discussed.  The Planetarium staff is willing to work with you to develop presentations tailored to your class needs.  Please note that students must be at least 5 years old to attend the planetarium.