Thanks to a generous donation from the John R. & Constance M. Harkins Community Fund of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation we have free busing money again for 2017-2018! 

Tour information/resources
 Information for teachers wishing to schedule a visit to the museum or schoolhouse:

Contact us by email or call 989-774-3829.

NOTE: Please schedule at least two (2) weeks in advance to reserve a time slot to avoid conflicting visits.

Suggested donations: 
Tours:  $0.50 per student and $1 per adult

We can accommodate two classes in one day. If your school has more than two classes per grade we can schedule additional days.


Current programs:

Backyard Birding 
Learn about the birds of Michigan and the adaptations that help them to survive in a variety of environments through hands-on activities including touching various bones and feathers, learning to identify birds during a birding activity, and more.  
To schedule a program, please complete the Backyard Birding registration form .

Michigan Through the Ages (recommended for 3-4th grades) 
Choose two lessons from our catalog of Michigan history themes that best fit your classroom's interests. All lessons are educational and align with state standards, yet are interactive and fun with various hands-on components. Programs are 2.5 hours long and consist of two 45 minute lessons, with time allotted for students to explore the gallery further on their own. 
At this time, lesson options include: 
  • Fur Trade
  • Michigan Settlement
  • Civil War
  • Underground Railroad
  • Lumbering
*More will be added in the future  
To schedule a tour, fill out the Michigan Through the Ages registration form .

One-room Schoolhouse 
Please note: Schoolhouse can accommodate up to 30 students at a time. Great for all ages!
Our reconstructed, historic one-room schoolhouse, located on CMU's campus, is a great opportunity for students to experience a schoolhouse in the early 1900s, including completing lessons from the time period, playing vintage games, and learning about animals they would have seen walking to school.  
To schedule a tour, fill out the One-room Schoolhouse registration form .

​​Great Lakes Adventure
Great changes have occurred in our Great Lakes over the past 100 years and changes are continuing. What are these changes and what has caused them? How are the changes affecting our everyday lives? Can we do anything about possible threats to the Great Lakes? Students compare the Great Lakes of 100 years ago and today to discover the differences and then take a tour of the temporary exhibit, "Changing Waters: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes" to see what has caused the changes. 
To schedule a tour, fill out the Great Lakes Adventure registration form.

Let's Rock  
Participate in hands-on activities that will teach you about different types of rocks, the rock cycle and how to identify rocks in your own backyard.
To schedule a tour, fill out the Let's Rock registration form.

Mastodon Madness (Free preschool program)
  1. Have fun while learning through many senses and experiences.
  2. Introduction to early Michigan environment when mastodon lived, including animals that are in Michigan today and the term "bog".
  3. Learn about mastodon's size and physical features.
  4. Learn the difference between mastodon, wooly mammoth, and elephants by comparing and contrasting them and coloring a picture of a mastodon.
  5. Play mastodon related games that help develop hand-eye coordination and problem-solving.
 To schedule a tour, fill out the  Mastodon Madness registration form.

Coming Spring 2018: Bug Out! A new preschool program all about insects!