Each of the programs and exhibitions at the Museum is designed with the goal of increasing curiosity and learning. For children who visit with their families and schools, the Museum has developed strategies to make learning fun by employing hands-on, participatory activities which engage and focus young visitors.
THE WONDER WING
Designed for early childhood education with elements that stimulate curiosity, enhance understanding, and draw young visitors to experiment, imagine, explore and discover.
THE MEYER ART & NATURE AREA
The Meyer Art & Nature Area is a multifaceted outdoor art area that serves as a classroom for the appreciation of art and nature. This area has encouraged our educational programs to spill out into a “nature learning center” where the sky is literally the limit! The Meyer Art & Nature Area features an Art Area, Gathering Area, Butterfly Garden, Wildlife Area, Bird Watching Area, Picnic Area, Photo-Op and the famous “Stella”, a large magenta dinosaur created by the late Monmouth County sculptor Jim Gary, made from a collection of auto parts! This space is open to both families visiting for the day, and can be customized as part of an educational tour that can be customized for your visiting groups from Spring through Fall!
THE BECKER WING
Currently Closed. We are taking this time to reimagine the Becker Wing to make it truly grand for its reopening. In the Becker Wing, children can work in the Green Arts Studio, explore our Dinosaur Touch Wall, and dig for fossils in our Dino Digs. You can also borrow books or take a break in our Media Center.
The Green Arts Studio is a space to create. Recycled materials are provided for guests to make their own creation or participate in a docent led craft. The Museum accepts donations for the Green Arts Studio including, but not limited to: paper towel tubes, yarn, buttons, construction paper, and fabric scraps.