Resources for Pre K-12 Educators

Programs for Pre K-12 Educators and Students

Tours • Preschool Storytelling Teacher Workshop By Request

The museum's education department works closely with Pre K–12 teachers to plan tours of the collection and exhibitions that complement classroom learning for students. In addition, workshops are offered to equip educators with the professional development opportunities needed to integrate art and aspects of the museum into their curriculum.

School Group Tours

Tours are free for children under 18, college/university students, and their teachers and chaperones. Tours should be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. 

Interactive guided school group tours of the Zimmerli are offered Tuesday through Friday for students in grades K–12. With thousands of original artworks and educator-led discovery tours, a trip to the Zimmerli offers an ideal opportunity to reinforce the school curriculum.

To request a school group tour, download and return the Group Tour Request Form.

Supported in part by Art Within Reach

Preschool Storytelling

Celebration of Storytelling
Tuesday, April 4 / 10-11am
FREE

The Zimmerli is pleased to welcome master storyteller and folksinger Jim Rohe for our annual Celebration of Storytelling. Jim has been entertaining New Jersey’s youngest audiences for over 25 years. This dynamic performance combines music and storytelling in both English and Spanish, and encourages students to join in on the fun. Jim draws on folk tales and literary sources for stories to excite the imagination.

Celebration of Storytelling is open to preschool-aged classes, as well as individuals (intended for ages 3 to 5 years old). Seating is limited and reservations are required by emailing education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu. Children who are not part of a school group must be accompanied by an adult.

Teacher Workshop

Shake It Up with Storytelling
Tuesday, April 4 / 4-7pm
FREE, registration required

Storytelling is a powerful educational tool for developing children’s language skills. For this special teacher workshop offered in conjunction with our annual Celebration of Storytelling, storytellers Jim Rohe and Gerald Fierst work together to present a fun and informative session that is sure to shake up your storytelling routine. Educators will practice a variety of techniques for making storytelling more engaging and rich for young learners, while learning a story that they can take back to the classroom and present to their students. The use of storytelling in the classroom will stimulate your students’ ability to sequence, predict, and comprehend.

A light dinner is provided. Participants receive three professional credit development hours. Seating is limited; to register, email this form to education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Supported in part by the PNC Foundation and delivered in support of its signature cause in early childhood education, PNC Grow Up Great 

Preschool Storytelling by Reservation

Preschool Adventures in Storytelling and Art visits can be scheduled throughout the year, from Tuesday through Friday, starting at 10am. Each session includes 30 minutes of storytelling, an age-appropriate museum tour, and a drawing activity. We can accommodate groups from 10 to 45 preschool students. Requests must be made at least 3 weeks in advance of the desired visit date. To reserve a visit, simply email education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu or call 848.932.6175.

Preschool Adventures is entirely free of charge thanks to a generous grant from PNC Bank.