Educational Outreach

Take your students on an exciting field trip adventure without leaving school!
At this time, in this difficult economy, we realize that educators may not be able to provide their students with all the enrichment they would like. Field trips can be expensive to plan and time-consuming to coordinate. If you'd like to bring your class the excitement of a field trip, and the educational expertise of a Museum professional, but you can't manage to bring them to the Museum, why not let the Museum come toYOU? Anniston Museum offers two types of outreach programs conducted by our very knowledgeable Museum Educator and featuring a variety of amazing live animals that will visit your class, grade or school! Read more about our "House Calls" and our "Half or Full Day Live Animal Encounters," and decide which best suits your individual needs, then contact us to schedule a visit! Call 256-237-6766 x 302, or email House Calls/
General Museum Outreach

    Cost/Group Size        

    House Calls/General
    Outreach Program Topics
Half or Full Day Live Animal Encounters



Live Animal House Calls/General Museum Outreach
Includes live animals such as the American alligator, snakes, hedgehog, lizards, turtles, chinchillas and more!

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 and Group Size:

Up to 100 students - $125 + mileage (.54/mile outside Calhoun Co.: Etowah, Cleburne, Talladega or St. Clair counties.)

101-199 students - $175 + mileage (.54/mile outside Calhoun Co.: Etowah, Cleburne, Talladega or St. Clair counties.)

For groups of 200 or more students- 
$1/student + mileage outside Calhoun County.
Outreach is limited to a 60-mile radius of the Museum and is subject to availability. To book a program call 256-237-6766.

 A two week notice for scheduling Educational Outreach is required.
Please note: Outreach programs are only available Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Half Day or Full Day Live Animal Encounters

In this unique offering, 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.

Please note: Outreach programs are only available Monday through Friday during regular business hours  of 8am-5pm. 

Program Topics
  • Wild Alabama – Learn about the awesome diversity of animals that are native to Alabama the beautiful!
    Program Animals: Eastern Indigo Snake, American Alligator, Eastern Screech Owl, American Bullfrog, Gopher Tortoise
  • Reptiles Alive! – Call them slimy, scaly, or cold-blooded but these animals have been a part of our world for many years and still have a few things up their sleeves! Learn what makes these reptiles so unique and important to the world we live in!
    Program Animals: German Giant Bearded Dragon, Florida Kingsnake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Indigo Snake, American Alligator
  • Things that Go Bump in the Night: Nocturnal Animals - Whoooo’s afraid of the dark? Learn about the habitats and adaptations of animals that only come out at night.
    Program Animals: Leopard Gecko, American Bullfrog, African Pygmy Hedgehog, Chinchilla, Virginia Opossum, Eastern Screech Owl
  • Spots and Stripes: More than a Fashion Show - Explore the world of animals with amazing adaptation and survival skills.
    Program Animals: Chinchilla, African Pygmy Hedgehog, Gray Rat Snake, Pueblan Milksnake, Eastern Screech Owl, American Alligator
  • Oh the Places You Will Go: Animals from Around the World - Travel the world and visit with animals from six continents! Learn about a variety of unusual and exotic animals and discover where “Home Sweet Home” is for them!
    Program Animals: Eastern Screech Owl, Red-Footed Tortoise, African Pygmy Hedgehog, Leopard Gecko, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, German Giant Bearded Dragon

‚Äč Other Outreach Programs: 
"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.

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.

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