Sanford Museum & Planetarium
Educational Programs







The Sanford Museum offers a variety of educational programs for groups on subjects including Astronomy, Geology, History, Natural History, and Prehistory. Appointments for classes should be made at least one month in advance. Classes are available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. All take 45 minutes to 1 hour.
If you are interested in scheduling a field trip, please call us at 712-225-3922.
At this time, we are unable to schedule by email.


Grades K-2

Animal Classification - Play animal twister to learn how the animal world is divided into different classes.

Insects and Spiders - Meet insects and a spider, play bug bingo, and color a worksheet.

Birds - Discover what makes a bird able to fly and make a bird flipbook.

Dinosaurs - Learn about dinosaurs through slides, models, and the museum's specimens.

Fossils - Use paleontologist's tools to dig a fossil out of rock and take the fossil home.

Museum Jr. Explorer - Explore the museum's exhibits while completing a scavenger hunt.

Oceans - Identify ocean elements, create an ocean scene and get a shell to take home.

Grades 3-6

Fossil Discovery - Hands on viewing of fossils and the identification of them.

Museum Sr. Explorer - Explore the museum's exhibits while completing a scavenger hunt.

NW Iowa Prehistory - Discover Iowa's prehistory through hands on exhibits and artifacts.

Geology - Classify rocks and minerals. Learn how they are related to each other.

Animal Skulls - Identify an animal skull and learn how its adaptations helped it to survive.

Pioneer Trails - Interact with early Northwest Iowa history through artifacts, read real pioneer diaries, and plan a trip west.

Field Trips

Geology or History Walking Tour - Explore geology or history of the local buildings of downtown Cherokee.

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