Education Resources

On-Site Resources

Visit our "Guides and Activites" page for scavenger hunts, foreign language guides, and other printable resources to make your visit more interactive.

Field Trips

We host over a hundred field trip groups every year.  Visit our field trips page for detailed information.

We will do our best to accommodate all tour requests.  Tour slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you need your field trip to happen on a specific day or at a specific time, please schedule early to avoid disappointment.  Spring, especially May, is our busiest period for tours, and more flexibility may be possible at other times of the year.

UI Instructors

Museums are an ideal venue for active, engaged learning across disciplines. We encourage UI instructors to bring classes or assign students to use the building and our exhibits in classes, labs, and projects.  We can also arrange to bring objects and specimens from our extensive research and education collections to your classroom. We may be able to arrange for your class to meet with exhibit curators or educators. We can also serve as a venue for final reading, exhibit, or performance projects. Departments and colleges we've worked with include biology, earth and environmental science, English, history, rhetoric, creative writing, art and art history, and engineering. We are happy to meet to brainstorm ideas.

UI class visits should be scheduled in advance to prevent conflicts with other groups and field trips.  UI class visits are not limited to public museum hours; we are happy to arrange a schedule that works for your course.  

Discovery Trunks

Our resource trunks can be shipped to you anywhere in Iowa for use in classroom, library, homeschool, or other programs. 

To learn more, click here. To request a trunk, email or fill out the request form here

The Discovery Trunk program has been expanded and supported through the State Historic Society, Inc., the University of Iowa's Better Futures for Iowans program, the National Science Foundation, the Iowa Science Foundation, and the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area.  

Outreach Visits

Our professional educators visit schools, libraries, nature centers, community groups, and other gatherings throughout eastern Iowa.  Fees vary depending on your institution, your location, and the kind of program you have in mind.  Contact us at for more information or to arrange a visit.