Educational Outreach

Take your students on an exciting field trip adventure without leaving school!

At this time the economy is such that you may not be able to provide your students with all the enrichment that you would like. Anniston Museum of Natural History is dedicated to education and community and would like to provide students the opportunity to have the Museum visit YOU.

The Museum offers natural history presentations that include live animals from around the world. These programs are designed to fulfill not only curriculum requirements but to entertain and excite students about science. The Museum educational staff members are seasoned presenters and offer a variety of topics to choose from. These programs are for large groups such as general assemblies where all students within the school are able to participate. Each program is designed to reach the youngest to the oldest learner in the group. Many of the programs allow for student participation and interaction and all of them are supported by a variety of live animals such as mammals, reptiles and birds.

Cost/Group Size        General Outreach Program Topics

NEW OPTION: Half Day or Full Day Live Animal Encounters

In this brand new offering for 2010, a Museum Educator will come to your school, church or civic group and spend either a half day or full day doing presentations/showing live animals to small successive groups. (Educator will make his/her presentation to smaller groups who rotate in for the program throughout the day, as opposed to making one large auditorium presentation for everyone at one time, thus giving students/groups a more personal experience.) 

Half day (4 hours) option is $300. Full day (up to 8 hours) option is $600. Travel outside of Calhoun County includes an additional mileage fee. The Museum possesses a variety of live animals that can be used for educational programming. Give us a call and we will be glad to discuss the best options for your group based on your interests, curriculum and total number/size of groups. 
Call 256-237-6766 or email

Please note: Outreach programs are only available Monday through Friday during regular business hours  of 8am-5pm.
New for Winter 2012: "Ferns of Alabama" Book Presentation/Signing, with Museum Curator Dan Spaulding

Anniston Museum Curator Dan Spaulding recently co-authored, along with John Short, a book for University of Alabama Press entitled "Ferns of Alabama." This informational botanical work is a part of the Gosse Nature Guides series, and describes the range ferns and "fern allies" that are native to this state. Now your class, club or civic group can have a personal visit with Dan Spaulding and hear him describe the process of researching, compiling and writing this volume, plus have the opportunity to purchase copies of "Ferns of Alabama," and have them autographed on-site! The fee is $125 plus mileage for speaking engagements that include the opportunity for your attendees to purchase books (we provide copies at $40/each); If you prefer not to offer the book for sale, or if you have already pre-purchased copies, the speaking fee will be $145 plus mileage. Email
or call 256-237-6766 x 114 to book this program.

Packed full of great scientific information, the book is easy to read and makes the information accessible to a wider audience than just other botanists. At 384 pages, with more than 260 illustrations and over 100 maps, this is a serious volume. Over 120 fern/fern ally species and hybrids are featured in the work, along with information on the geology and geography of their habitats, plus their range and distribution, both within and outside of Alabama. For most of the species, both a photo and line drawing illustrating the fern or ally accompany the text. Other less common forms are represented by a drawing only. A useful glossary, index and bibliography, plus three appendices, make this work a must-have for naturalists, botanists, students, and hardcore plant lovers alike. If you are a plant lover, a botany expert or student, you’ll appreciate this nicely illustrated, highly informative book, which includes photos, line drawings, maps and much more.


General Outreach Cost and Group Size:
Please note: Outreach programs are only available Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Up to 100 students - $125 + mileage (.49/mile outside Calhoun Co.: Etowah, Cleburne, Talladega or St. Clair counties.)

101-199 students - $175 + mileage (.49/mile outside Calhoun Co.: Etowah, Cleburne, Talladega or St. Clair counties.)

For groups of 200 or more students we suggest the following opportunity:

In an effort to continue to support community and education the Museum would like to offer these programs to all schools at the cost of $2/student. The money collected would be split between the Museum and the host school. This would be a joint effort to not only provide students with an exciting educational opportunity but also to help support both institutions.

Outreach is limited to a 60-mile radius of the Museum and is subject to availability.

To book a program call Kevin at 256-237-6766 or e-mail at

 A two week notice for scheduling Educational Outreach is required.

Program Topics

Awesome Animals
– a live animal program featuring unique animals from all over the world!

Alabama Animals – learn about the awesome diversity of animals that are native to our wonderful state!

Reptiles – call them slimy, scales, or cold blooded, but these unique animals have been here for millions of years and still have a few tricks up their sleeves!

Birds of Prey - discover these fascinating animals and what separates these majestic creatures from other birds.

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