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.

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!

NGSS Professional Development Series
Presented by: Rutgers University-CMSCE
In partnership with the New Jersey State Museum

The NGSS were adopted by NJ on July 9, 2014!  Get a jump start on implementing and join us for one or all workshops in this special NGSS professional development series.  

Saturdays @ New Jersey State Museum (Trenton, NJ)

Overview of NGSS (FREE EVENT)
December 6, 2014 @ NJ State Museum
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Explore the core elements of NGSS and learn about the essential big changes at this NGSS overview event.  The session will identify the immediate things you can do to begin implementing NGSS.  Long-term Implementation models and resources will be shared.

Science & Engineering Practices: Physical Science
January 10, 2015 @ NJ State Museum
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Pique your students’ curiosity and drive their studies through the actual doing of science and engineering! We will examine physical science experiments and engineering design challenges that connect the NGSS content with an understanding of what scientists and engineers do, and share ideas of how you can do these in your own classroom.

Science & Engineering Practices: Life Science
January 24, 2015 @ NJ State Museum
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
This session complements and builds on the previous session, focusing on practices that explore the life sciences. We’ll tackle how scientists and engineers investigate and solve problems within these standards, and expand your repertoire of student activities and design challenges.

NGSS & Technology Integration
February 7, 2015 @ NJ State Museum
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Infusing quality STEM multimedia resources (simulations, interactives, video games, etc.) into your classroom is one easy way to further engage your students, increase their depth of understanding, and address the NGSS. Join us and explore exemplary STEM multimedia resources; learn where to find them; how to evaluate them and apply them to meet NGSS.

Best Practices for Implementing NGSS
February 28, 2015 @ NJ State Museum
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
This session will address research proven pedagogical models that best support NGSS, including Project Based Learning (PBL), Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as well as the Flipped Classroom. Taking the best elements of all and combining them to create your own personal blended model is the art of Implementing NGSS.  Join us to explore these approaches and begin to develop your own pedagogical model that can effectively implement NGSS.


  • $160/session (2 or more, rate is $150)
  • Entire Series $520 ($130/session)
  • Send a team of 3 or more receive a 10% discount!

Reduced Rate on In-district PD: All participants will receive 10% off an in-district PD day.
If you attend entire series it is a 25% discount.

To Register:
For more information: Dawna Schultz at or (848) 445-3025 (office)

Next Generation Science Standards Professional Development Series Flyer