The Marshall Steam Museum is currently undergoing exciting renovations! This means field trips to the museum are unavailable until early summer 2020. However, we can bring the museum to you! Consider booking one of our many Outreach Programs instead.
We are happy to adjust any of our programs to match your age group and teaching needs.
Programs at Auburn Heights
Programs at Auburn Heights focus on the history of transportation and the automobile in American life, the “Magic Age of Steam” and the natural resources around us. Draw comparisons between the past and present, explore changes in motion and design, learn local history and, most of all, be curious!
The Marshall Steam Museum
Investigate the history of transportation with a tour of the museum’s historic automobiles and trains. Your experience is tailored to different age groups.
- Duration: 1 hour
- Cost: $4 per student
- Suggested for grades K to 12
Our programs cover such themes as:
- Transportation changes & impacts on American society
- Transportation technologies: Steam, gas, electric systems
- Engineering design, process & prototyping
- Primary sources & learning from objects
Some of our special activities include:
- Building car and train models out of recycled materials
- Racing challenge
- Story time
- Arts and craft projects
- Free play activities (preschool)
Train Rides – Seasonal and Staff Dependent (mid-April through November 30)
Enhance your visit to Auburn Heights with a ride on our diesel-style train. A discussion of general train safety is included and is a great way to teach our younger visitors how to be safe near train tracks.
- Minimum group size of 40 students (consider working with another school or group if you are unable to meet the group minimum).
- Additional cost: $3/student
Auburn Heights is a great destination for your summer camp! Programs typically last 2-3 hours and can range from $4 – $10/person. Book soon, as summer is typically one of our busiest times!
Delaware State Parks Programs
The Auburn Heights Mansion and the Auburn Valley Trail are operated by Delaware State Parks. We are happy to work with you to coordinate these programs but are not responsible for scheduling restrictions or pricing. For questions about Delaware State Parks program, please contact staff at Auburn Heights at (302) 239-5687.
Hike through History – The Trolley Trail (Grades K+)
Take a walk through the past! As we hike one of the trails at Auburn Heights Preserve, discover the industrial and agricultural history of the area through stories, and learn about mass transportation during the early 20th century. We’ll also explore the natural habitats of animals that live near the Red Clay Creek.
What’s in the Water? (Grades 3-4)
Most rivers and streams look clear to the naked eye, but, there are many things that can be hidden in the water. This program explores the industrial past of the Red Clay Creek and the local paper mills that once stood on its banks. During our creek exploration, we will discover what was left behind when the paper mills went out of business as well as conduct simple water tests for pH and various elements and learn how these elements affect our waterways and how we can help to keep our waterways healthy.
Insect Detectives (Grades 1-5)
Did you know that insects can tell us a lot about the health of an aquatic system? Using insect ID resources, we can uncover what lives in the Red Clay Creek and how that helps to determine the health of the waterway. We will also learn about the industrial past surrounding the Red Clay, the role that insects play in ecosystems, and how to help prevent water pollution.
Explore the Auburn Heights Mansion (Grades 4+)
A visit to this antiques-furnished Queen Anne-style mansion offers visitors an up-close and personal view into three generations of the Marshall family and their impact on the local area.
Auburn Heights Mansion Machinery Tour (Grades 4+)
Explore the second Industrial Revolution in the Marshall Mansion! During the tour, we will discuss the construction of the 1897 mansion and the modern amenities it included. While touring the rooms, special emphasis will be placed on the furnishings, which include simple machines and how they work, including a 1900 grandfather clock and 1902 Regina Music Box. To finish the tour, the students will see a live demonstration of a scale steam engine, similar to one of the steam engines that powered the Marshall family’s paper mill.
View our Teacher Resources before visiting for individual program descriptions, learning objectives, and standards.
Booking a Program
Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your date. You may fill out our online form or contact a staff member at the museum:
Public Programs Manager