School Outreach Programs

In collaboration with the Bowers Museum Education Department, Docent Guild School Outreach Docents provide one hour classroom presentations at Orange County schools.

The programs seeks to enhance students understanding of classroom curriculum with hands-on activities, exposure to source materials and museum artifacts, photographs and/or digital pictures that spark student imagination and provide connections to historical events and eras, and world cultures related to the Bowers Museum permanent collections.


Requirements

School Outreach visits are free with the following requirement:

The participating school must send at least 1 class of a minimum 20 students to the Bowers Museum for a School Tour or Culture 360 program during the school year in which they receive a free visit. 

Partial Admission and Bus Scholarships are available for all Title I schools.


Available 2016-2017 outreach programs


Masks of the World

Suggested for all grade levels

Discover the uses of masks for ceremonies, disguise, adornment, protection, and entertainment in different cultures throughout the World. Students learn through digital photos, artifacts, and a unique collections of masks from a variety of countries. 

Related Bowers Museum School Tour:

Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands

Ancients Arts of China: A 5,000 Year Legacy


First Footsteps of the California Native Americans

Suggested for Grades 3-4

Learn about the lifestyles, dress, tools, homes, hunting, trade, games, and art and crafts of the first Southern Californians through artifacts, photographs, and hands-on activities.  

Related Bowers Museum School Tour:

First Californians


Orange County Then and Now

Suggested for Grades 3-4

Explore the colorful and diverse history of the people who settled the West Coast and Orange County. Learn about the Native Americans, the Mission and Rancho periods, the Gold Rush, the Railroad Era, up until modern times. The presentation helps students learn about California history.

Related Bowers Museum School Tours:

California Legacies: Missions and Ranchos

First Californians

California Bounty: Image and Identity 1850-1930


Go For the Gold -- Be a 49'er!

Suggested for Grade 4

The Gold Rush program is an interactive, hands-on 90 minutes activity that incorporates reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music by utilizing artifacts and regalia in a rotation of five stations that allows students to role play history.

Related Bowers Museum School Tour:

California Legacies: Missions and Ranchos


Mummies

Suggested for Grade 6

Information about the customs and art related to preparations for the afterlife through artifacts, replicas, and hands-on activities. Learn how the ancient Egyptians mummified bodies, prepared for and performed funerals. 


ABC of Ancient Chinese Culture

Suggested for Grade 6

ABC stands for Abacus, Buddhism, and Calligraphy. Learn how ancient China revolutionized math and fine writing skills, as well as how Buddhism came to China along the Silk Road. Students will use actual abacuses, practice calligraphy, and play a board game about the Buddhist concept of karma in a 90-minute program.

Related Bowers Museum School Tour:

Ancient Arts of China: A 5,000 Year Legacy


Request a School Outreach Program

We are now accepting School Outreach Requests online! Fill out the form below to get started!

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