Welcome to Your New Classroom

The North Museum of Nature and Science is opening its doors to children whose schools offer only half-day classes or are entirely virtual.

Certified teachers and highly educated facilitators will facilitate student learning as children attend virtual classes provided by their own schools. Parents will attend a virtual meeting with a member of their child’s educational team prior to their start date, resulting in a customized individual learning plan for each student. Parents will also receive daily updates on their child’s learning activities and progress. With teacher/student ratios estimated to be 2 educator/facilitators to every 5 – 7 students, the program will be a real boon for all children, especially those who struggle to learn virtually and for parents who are now facing critical education and child-care needs as schools close their doors.


Multiple program times are available for K-8 grade learning support:

Monday – Fridays, Full Day ($400/week per child)
9am – 4pm

Monday – Fridays, Half Day ($200/week per child)
9am – 12pm

Early Drop off (+$10 /day per child)
8am – 9am

After School Care (+$20 /day per child)
4pm – 6pm

2-day and 3-day options also available. Contact us at school@northmuseum.org for more details.

The Homework Club

The North Museum is pleased to recommend The Homework Club at The Lancaster Science Factory for parents looking for options on Wednesdays. Their professional educators can help keep students on track as they complete assignments, provide extra help with challenging subjects, and facilitate hands-on STEM education activities during downtime.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The program is on-site at the museum, in an educational classroom setting, in person, at separate tables, spaced very far apart, we do offer Plexiglas work areas as well.

No, children from any district, charter, private or home school group are welcome.

A certified science teacher launched the program in September.  We now have two trained educators who support the children with their online learning as well as provide fun, educational off screen activities.

Students participate in activities that are not online designed to complement the online learning that includes visit to the Live Animal room, planetarium shows, nature walks outside, visits to new exhibits, live bee hive visits and educational play in the Lego Lab.

Many parents still need to go to work and so, we are offering a facilitated learning environment where we support the students virtual learning (K-8) by assisting them with their assignments and offering brain breaks and interactive activities when they are off-line.

In person SCHOOL @ NORTH MUSEUM follows all CDC Guidelines that include; small groups, thorough and scheduled cleaning, increased hand washing as well as following all social distancing protocols and mask wearing, no shared materials or group activities.  Additional safety protocols that we established are;

  • Temperature check scan at check-in and contact and symptom questioning.
  • Masks REQUIRED to be worn by anyone over the age of 3 (except during lunch and snack break while following social distance policy).
  • Reduced Museum capacity and social distancing markers.
  • Increased hand sanitizer stations.
  • Protective equipment to minimize staff and visitor contact including; Plexiglas at students’ desk, instructor’s table and protective equipment for staff (masks, face shields).
  • Disinfecting common & high traffic areas (checklist, scheduled).
  • Reduced capacity in the live animal room.
  • We will maintain 6-feet of separation among staff and students whenever possible.
  • Your child will have their own workspace.
  • Your child will have their own separate supply of materials.
  • Children will not share toys, supplies or other items with one another (unless they attend class with someone in their same household).
  • Teachers, instructors, and camp counselors will wear face coverings in compliance with all regional guidance. Children will wear face coverings all day as well (Note: children are allowed to remove their mask while at their individual workstation during snack and lunch breaks).
  • Please make sure your child comes into school wearing their mask each day.
  • For the safety of all children, if your child is not feeling well, has a fever or any other symptoms of illness, keep them at home.
  • A NUT – FREE morning snack will be provided each day.
  • If your child is attending an all-day program, please pack a NUT -FREE lunch, and, if desired, a second snack for the additional break.
  • Children will be required to wash their hands before and after eating.
  • Snacks and lunches will be eaten at the child’s assigned workstation (individual table or other safe and distant designated area).

No,  you can register them for a half day, for one week to try it out, or a full day for only one week, then increase days they attend afterwards or have it remain at whatever schedule works best for your family.

Scholarships are available for families who qualify through the PA Federal Poverty Income Guidelines provided from the Pa Department of Labor and Industry and the PA Department of Human Services.


To register for School @ North Museum, please complete the form below and a member of our staff will be in touch with you shortly to complete your registration.

What Is School @ North Museum?

Certified teachers and highly educated facilitators will facilitate student learning as children attend virtual classes provided by their own schools.

Blending the museum’s expertise in informal and experiential learning with a facilitated virtual classroom experience, School @ North Museum offers a co-op or camp-like feel, marrying virtual school with science-based, in-person learning with no, low and tech options. Students will have the opportunity to participate in STEAM career exploratory programs, Lego League, Ask A Scientist programming and more.

School @ North Museum also offers children an opportunity to socialize in a healthy and safe environment during the pandemic. CDC protocols are already successfully in place at the museum, meaning masks are mandatory, and social distancing measures will continue to be enforced, along with temperature taking at the entrance and other protocols. But kids will be around other kids — safely.