Cleveland Museum of Natural History programs free to qualifying districts


This unconventional year has been stressful on everyone and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is here to help. The museum offers live, virtual programs covering a spectrum of topics aligned to the science, math, health, social studies and English language arts standards for grades preK through high school. The programs offer a change of pace for students as they embark on a virtual journey to the museum — including a close-up look at real specimens. All of the amazing virtual programs offered at the museum can be found here. Check below for links by grade level.
Funding is available to get these engaging programs into as many classrooms as possible. Teachers from any schools designated as Title I or having 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students are eligible for a free program of their choosing. To find out if a school qualifies, click here and follow these steps:

  1. Use the search bar to type and then click on the school’s name;
  2. Click on School Details;
  3. On the bar graph that appears, look for the bar labeled Economic Disadvantage. If this bar is showing at least 40 percent, the school can receive free programming. 
Over the more than 10 years the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has been running virtual programs, 68 of Ohio’s 88 counties have been reached. Funding is available to help the museum reach the remaining 20 counties. Teachers from any of the counties listed, regardless of Title I status, are eligible for a free virtual program of their choosing on a first come, first served basis, so reach out quickly to secure a spot. The counties the museum still is trying to reach are Auglaize, Belmont, Clermont, Darke, Fayette, Fulton, Harrison, Henry, Hocking, Marion, Monroe, Morrow, Paulding, Pickaway, Pike, Preble, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams and Wyandot.
All Cleveland Museum of Natural History education programs also are offered to schools that do not qualify for these grants and range in price from $140 to $300 per program. To request a program, teachers can submit a web request on the museum’s website, email or call (216) 231-8002 to talk with a scheduler.
Check out the full lists of virtual programs by grade level here: