Contact The NJ State Museum
Mailing Address:
NJ State Museum
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625

Museum & Auditorium Galleries:
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ

Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)


Teachers Professional Development Workshops

The New Jersey State Museum is a registered Professional Development Provider for the New Jersey Department of Education Professional Standards Board (#2241); Teachers' Professional Development Courses fulfill the requirements for continued certification on a credit/hour basis. Certificates will also be provided to teachers from Pennsylvania & Delaware.

Get behind the scenes access to the Museum’s collections. Learn about paleontology, archaeology and other STEM topics from NJSM working scientists. Explore ways to integrate art, history and science into your common core curriculum. Collaborate with colleagues during workshops and after as part of a NJSM teacher community.

Check back often, this listing will be updated.

Visual Arts Integration as a Tool to Increase Student Engagement
Wendel A. White: Manifest

Recommended for teachers in grades 4-12

May 8, 2015 TBD

Using the New Jersey State Museum’s current exhibit, Wendel A. White: Manifest as a case study, educators will learn how to integrate visual arts across curricula, drawing on Inquiry Based Learning to increase student engagement.

We will begin the session with an overview and discussion of Inquiry Based Learning theory, after which teachers will accompany the artist, Wendel White, on a gallery walk through the Manifest exhibit. Following a lunch break, teachers will flex their creative muscles on an art making project with guidance from NJSM staff while discussing how to incorporate art making into the classroom. The workshop culminates with teachers collaboratively designing a lesson incorporating art from this exhibit as well as from the American Perspectives gallery to teach American history, civic engagement and cultural understanding.

Exhibit - Wendel A. White: Manifest January 24 through May 10, 2015

Artist’s Website –

To register for the workshop, contact Terri Barlow at (609) 292-1382 or send email to Space is limited for this free workshop so sign up soon!

Growing Up WILD
Exploring Nature with Young Children

NJSM Wednesday, March 26, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature, and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Using a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world, as well as lifelong social and academic skills.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife in partnership with Morris County Park Commission offers professional development workshops for early childhood educators in using Growing Up WILD. The workshop fosters confidence in early childhood educators to lead outdoor explorations by providing ready-made activities, easily digestible background information, and field investigation opportunities that correlate with the activities.

Each participant gets the activity guide, which is written especially for early childhood educators of children aged 3-7. It features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature-based activities; and includes arts & crafts, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections, and involves social, emotional and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development.

For information about the workshop, contact Liz Jackson at (908) 637-4125 or send email to

To register for the workshop, contact Kerry Scott at (609) 984-8487 or send email to Space is limited for this free workshop so sign up soon!