COA students teach visitors about the animals in the museum's touch tank. Museum visits

Museum educators facilitate viewing and interacting with the exhibits in the museum gallery. Scavenger hunts, time at the indoor tidepool, a close look at study skins can be part of the visit. Please let us know how the museum can complement your current classroom studies and we will lead activities which will focus on your curricular needs.

Nature exploration

Museum educators can lead groups of students in activities which practice observation skills along the shoreline and other natural settings on campus. Participants must come dressed for the weather and in comfortable walking shoes.

The Dorr Museum has a wide variety of animal skins and bones for visitors to see and touch. Bones, baleen, and whale ecology
(formerly Whales on Wheels)

This is our most popular program! Participants assemble the skeleton of a 17-foot minke whale and learn about the behavior and anatomy of whales while looking at baleen, krill and other marine mammal artifacts. 

Create a museum space in your classroom

Study skins, small exhibits, bones and other natural history objects can be loaned to you for use in your classroom.

Costs for programming

Museum visits are $2 per student, chaperones are free of charge. (Minimum fee of $25) Presentations such as “Bones,Baleen and Whale Ecology” are $75 per group (maximum 30 students). For loan of artifacts there is a $25 fee and schools must cover shipping costs, if incurred. Off site presentations are $175 for the first presentation and $90 for each additional presentation plus mileage per mile round trip (Maximum 30 students/presentation).


Please contact the Dorr Museum at 207-288-5395 to schedule a program. COA classes are in session from mid-September to mid-November, January to mid-March, and April to late May.