K-12 Programs

Take your students into the AMAZING world of mollusks, their shells, and marine life; and the conservation of their ecosystems!


Contact Kelsey Hausmann at khausmann@shellmuseum.org or 239-347-5119 to learn more.

Each program aligns with Florida’s Sunshine State Standards (click to learn more), and participating students will receive a shell from a native Southwest Florida mollusk, as well as their own shell identification guide to keep.

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Thanks to the generosity of donors who have supported its signature Adopt-A-Class program, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum has been able to provide free field trips and outreach education to students throughout Southwest Florida for nearly 20 years.


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The Museum will prioritize allocation of Adopt-A-Class funds to Title 1 schools to ensure that students in our region have access to the unique stories, lessons, and experiences of the shells, marine life, and conservation education the Museum offers, regardless of a school’s or students’ ability to pay.

To learn more about Adopt-A-Class or any of our educational programs, please contact Kelsey Hausmann at khausmann@shellmuseum.org or 239-347-5119.

School Kits

Supplement your science curriculum with a collection of educational resources focused on the world of mollusks.

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Free Downloadable Resources for Teachers

Pre-Visit Science Information

Background information for preparing to visit the Museum

Gastropod Anatomy

An illustrated guide to the parts of a mollusk

Lightning Whelk Reproduction

Information about lightning whelks and their egg cases

Mollusks in Action Quiz

Test your students on their mollusk knowledge

Free At-home Activities

Shell-related activities you can do at home!

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