Design Your Own

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

In addition to the professional development courses planned throughout the school year, there is an opportunity for in-service teachers to explore the amazing science education resources available at the Museum.  These courses are typically offered Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Design Your Own programs are in-depth sessions where you will

  • gain science or social studies content knowledge based on your group’s goals.
  • discover how the Museum’s unique resources can support your curriculum.
  • learn about the programs available for teachers and school groups.

PAYMENT: Payment in full is due 30 days before your program. The Museum will send an e-mail with a payment reminder 45 days before the program. Upon payment, a receipt will be e-mailed to you along with details for your program.

CANCELLATION: All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Children cannot be accommodated in Teachers Professional Development Programs; no exceptions. Participants who arrive with children will not be admitted to the program.

Generous support of the Museum’s Teacher Programs Department provided by AJL Charitable Foundation, Agilent Technologies Foundation, BBVA Compass, The Boeing Company, SCFD, and Xcel Energy.


SCHEDULE A SESSION

To schedule a Design Your Own in-service, please e-mail TeacherPrograms@dmns.org at least two months prior to requested date. These courses are typically offered Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

What is a Design Your Own?
Educator in-services are professional development sessions arranged by the Museum’s education staff upon request. They are designed to inform and prepare educators to effectively use Museum resources to enhance student learning.

Who can schedule a Design Your? 
Any professional education organization, PreK–12 school staff, or group of educators seeking professional development related to the effective use of Museum resources.

The Museum offers several options for Design Your Own.

1. In-service Introduction to Denver Museum of Nature & Science (45 minutes).

  • Basic Museum admission for the day
  • Resource packets for participants
  • Introduction to Museum education resources
  • School program activity or online education activity

2. General Educator In-service (choose from 3 options).

Option A (2 hours)

  • Basic Museum admission for the day
  • Resource packets for participants
  • Introduction to Museum education resources
  • Visit to permanent exhibition using an Exhibit Activity Guide (North American Indian Cultures, Prehistoric Journey, or North American Wildlife Hall) or a visit to Space Odyssey or Expedition Health
  • Hands-on activities and reflective discussions that meet specific goals outlined in your Request Form

Option A plus IMAX or Planetarium (up to 3 hours)

  • Basic Museum admission for the day
  • Resource packets for participants
  • Introduction to Museum education resources
  • Visit to permanent exhibition using an Exhibit Activity Guide (North American Indian Cultures, Prehistoric Journey, or North American Wildlife Hall) or a visit to Space Odyssey or Expedition Health
  • IMAX or Planetarium Show

Option B (3 hours) includes

  • Basic Museum admission for the day
  • Resource packets for participants
  • Introduction to Museum education resources
  • Visit to permanent exhibition using an Exhibit Activity Guide (same selections as in Option A) or hands-on activities and reflective discussions that meet specific goals outlined in your Request Form
  • Lecture by a science content specialist

 

How much does a Design Your Own cost?
Fees vary depending upon the option selected and the number of participants.

Type of In-service Session Length of Session Group Size Fee Fee 
Option A
(2 hours)
Fee 
Option A Plus IMAX/Planetarium
(Up to 3 hours)
Fee 
Option B
(3 hours)
Introduction to the Museum 45 minutes Fewer than 40 participants $75 n/a n/a n/a
General Educator 
In-service
Up to 3 hours Fewer than 25 participants n/a Starting at $200 Starting at $200 plus $5/person for IMAX or $3.50/person for Planetarium Starting at $250
General Educator 
In-service
Up to 3 hours 26-40 participants n/a Starting at $250 Starting at $250 plus $5/person for IMAX or $3.50/person for Planetarium Starting at $300

 

At this time, Design Your Own for groups larger than 40 are not offered by the Museum. However, you may reserve meeting space for 41+ groups through our Catering Services at 303.370.6400, and Museum programming may be added to this option.

*Please note that scheduling a Design Your Own is contingent upon staff and space availability.

FAQS

  • Q

    Are food and beverages available?

  • A

    Yes. Arrangements for food and/or beverages can be made. The Museum’s Catering Services will contact you to arrange food and beverage service. There are additional costs associated with this service. Catering requests must be made at least one month prior to the event. The Museum does not allow groups to bring in their own food and beverages.

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  • Q

    Can we visit a temporary exhibition?

  • A

    Yes, however the costs outlined above do not include admission for temporary exhibitions. Please note this interest on your request form, and a Museum representative will contact you with pricing and ticketing information.

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