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Salisbury, MD 21804

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Family and Kids

Looking for something new and exciting to do with your friends and family? Join us for a variety of exciting new educational offerings designed for youth and families. See why a visit to the Ward Museum is a great way to celebrate art, nature and tradition!


View and print our Education Calendar for a complete listing of programs.

Discovery Backpacks - (FREE) The Ward Museum has discovery backpacks fully outfitted with everything you would need for a scientific investigation of the natural world. Free for use around the museum grounds during normal business hours. The backpacks, funded by the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, are filled with tools to assist students' nature study on the trail.


Drop in Art Jr. - (FREE) Every Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Share a story followed by a thematic craft with the little ones in your life. Program supported by the Susan K. Black Foundation.


Drop-In Art Saturdays - (FREE) Drop in with the whole family for an artist led activity every third Saturday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Local guest artists and cultural art projects each month. Program supported by the Susan K. Black Foundation.


Boy & Girl Scouts - The Ward Museum provides a range of programs to help scouts build up their badges. The Girl Scout badges that the Ward Museum currently offers are Butterflies, Woodworker, Drawing, Insect ABCs, Photography, Oceans, Wetlands, River, and Bay. The Boy Scout badges the Ward Museum currently offers are Basketry, Bird Study, Fishing, Insect Study, Photography, Sculpture, and Woodcarving. If you have any questions about these programs or see one we offer that is not currently scheduled, feel free to contact us (410-742-4988 x110, wardeducation@salisbury.edu).

> Upcoming Badge Programs - Click Link to Register
4/14/2018 - Girl Scouts H20 Wetlands
5/12/2018 - Girl Scouts H20 River
6/9/2018 - Girl Scouts H20 Bay
6/23/2018 - Girl Scouts Photography
7/14/2018 - Girl Scouts H20 Ocean


 Education Summer Camps - Spend a week creating something beautiful and fun with the Ward Museum summer camp programs.

Nature Discovery Camp: Have your 6 to 12 year old participate in a fun-filled outdoor experience. Watch them become a naturalist in training while they explore the natural world around us. Hikes, flower pressing, nature journaling, and skull examinations are just a few of the exciting activities we have planned. Outdoors, messy, and fun! This camp will take place Monday, June 25th through Friday, June 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Register for this camp here.

Dr. Seuss Camp: Oh the places we'll go! Each day of camp will be built around a Dr. Seuss classic story accompanied with a Dr. Seuss adventure. This camp is for children ages 4 - 8, and will take place Monday, July 30th through Friday, August 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Register for this camp here.

Get Lit: Literature Camp: Learn how to craft with words or improve a current skill. Campers ages 13 - 18 will be reading and writing poetry, short stories, and plays through the week that will end in a culmination of works they themselves created. This camp will take place Monday, July 30th through Friday, August 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Register for this camp here.

Art Camp: Campers ages 6 - 12 can have fun at our Art Camp. Nurture your little artist.  Familiarize them with an array of media and techniques, from nature illustrations to art installations.  Whether it’s mixing colors, sculpting clay, folding origami, or crafting pieces from recycled materials, they’ll learn it all and have a fabulous time too! Camp will be Monday through Friday, August 20th through 24th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Register for this camp here.

Upcycling Camp: Campers ages 6 to 12 will learn how to turn recycled objects into awesome art projects with our Upcycling summer camp. Take ordinary every day objects and make them into something that will be treasured forever. This camp will take place Monday, August 27th through Friday, August 31st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Register for this camp here.

Cost for any camp is $100 for Museum Family Members; $125 for Non-members.


Homeschool Programs at The Ward Museum - Are you a homeschool parent seeking out exciting opportunities for your child?  Especially those hands-on, experimental, science-focused lessons you know your kid needs?  The Ward Museum has a NEW homeschool program providing just that.
Each month, we will be providing a new lesson.  The lessons are interconnected and progressive, but are self-contained enough to provide easy access to new students.  We are basing our lessons on the STREAM acronym: Science, Technology, Reading, Environment (normally Engineering), Art, and Math.  The lessons are designed to be interdisciplinary, covering multiple subject areas.  Each lesson will consist of four main components: (1) an introduction to the day’s activity and a review of the previous months, (2) a hands-on experience/activity, which could be indoors, outdoors, or both, (3) a debrief in which we will share results and review, and (4) a take-home activity that reinforces what we discussed in the session.
The 1st Thursday of every month will be a lesson for children 5-11, meeting at the Ward Museum.  The 2nd Thursday will be dedicated to children 12 and up. The time on Thursday will be the same for both ages: 2 pm for 2 hours.  The cost for the program is $12 per lesson for each student.  Registration is NOT REQUIRED – just show up and pay when you arrive.  (And for those of you with children outside or across this age divide, don’t fret!  We will host the learning session in one area of the museum while the parent/guardian can entertain the other child in another area for no fee.)