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Partnerships and Projects

Naturentdecker - Kinder und zwei Pädagogen im Kanu auf Naturerkundung

The Education Department at the Museum für Naturkunde closely collaborates with various partners, such as schools, kindergartens, universities, adult education centres and artists, both in the field of educational practice and in educational research. Here is an overview of some of our projects.

Educational research at the Museum für Naturkunde

In addition to the conception and implementation of educational programmes, one focus of the education department is educational research. Here, the research interests are closely linked to the museum's themes and tasks. In selected exhibitions and Citizen Science projects, the understanding of science and the goals of science communication are investigated. In the field of environmental education, one research focus is on experiences of nature in and outside the museum.

Furthermore, we are interested in how model-based learning develops in non-formal learning and experience spaces, such as the Museum für Naturkunde. In addition, we are investigating the acceptance of evolution among different groups such as museum visitors, pupils and students in a collaborative project.

Contact: Dr Alexandra Moormann

Voluntary ecological year at the Museum für Naturkunde

In cooperation with the organisation Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e. V. (Association of Young Volunteers), ten young adults can currently spend a voluntary ecological year in the scientific collection at the Museum für Naturkunde. Here they support the museum staff in the inventory and digitisation of collection objects and in their scientific work. They also accompany visitors in the open Microscopy Centre as well as school groups in microscopy courses and excursions. Young adults, who would like to get to know the scientific and educational work at a research museum and have pleasure in bringing science closer to visitors, can register with the Vereinigung junger Freiwilliger e.V..

Report on the voluntary ecological year at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin in the Magazine for Nature (p. 18) In German only.
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NATürlich training!

Schoolgirls explore scientific apprenticeships.
In this event, schoolgirls from grade 9 onwards can deal with STEM topics, do their own experiments, exchange ideas with others interested in science and get to know scientific apprenticeships at first hand. The free offer is aimed exclusively at girls. The three participating school labs, the NatLab of Freie Universität Berlin, the Gläserne Labor on the Berlin-Buch campus and the Microscopy Centre of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, take turns hosting the event.

Program and further information

The offer is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

A world in motion – educational projects of the eight research museums

Together with partners inside and outside the Leibniz Association, innovative and sustainable formats for interpretation, dialogue and participation – analogue and digital – have been developed in eight museums, including the Museum für Naturkunde, as part of the "Action Plan Leibniz Research Museum". These formats address people of all ages, different origins and with diverse educational backgrounds.

Overview of the projects:

Special funding from the federal and state governments enabled the projects.

Nature in the change of seasons – educational projects with kindergartens

In programmes over several days, preschool children are introduced to nature in the change of seasons in their direct surrounding, in the city, in wildlife parks and in the museum. Through explorations, small experiments and games, they have their first nature experiences and their fear of contact is reduced. They also learn how to protect nature better. During the three-hour project days, numerous materials for observing animals are used, as well as animal skins and animal voices from the museum. In this way, the children learn about the work at a research museum in a playful way. Together with the teachers, ideas are developed on how to make the children's environment more nature-friendly and how to establish environmental education in the kindergartens in the long term.

Funded by: Projektfond Sozialer Zusammenhalt with funds from the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community; urban development funding from the Federal Government, the State of Berlin and neighbourhood management (2022-2024). Project partner: Kitaverbund Brunnenviertel.
The funding carries previous projects with educational institutions in the district of Wedding/ Brunnenviertel forward, see also project report "Im Bündnis stark".

Partner school Hagenbeck-Schule

Partnership for the conservation of biodiversity
Since 2014, the Hagenbeck School has been a partner school of the Museum für Naturkunde. Both partners share the goal of preserving biodiversity and working with students to discover ways that protect it sustainably. The partnership with the Hagenbeck School is designed to be long-term and continuous, in which projects are developed in close cooperation between teachers and museum staff. Weekly working groups for school classes also provide insight into the work and career paths at a research museum. In addition, creative writing workshops are held in various formats, producing stories and poems connected to the museum's exhibits and the guiding principles of both institutions.

Further information on Hagenbeck-Schule.

School lab network GenaU

Together for science education
The Museum für Naturkunde and its school lab, the Microscopy Centre, are members of the GenaU school lab network. The network brings together school labs at research institutions and universities in Berlin and Brandenburg.
Experimental courses for every age group and every STEM subject (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are held for entire school classes and are supplemented by further working groups and training courses for teachers.
GenaU is funded by the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family.
Further information at:

Discovering nature in the city with the app "Naturblick"

Green cities provide space for experiencing nature, recreation and various encounters. However, nature can only be appreciated and protected if we approach it with understanding and knowledge. In the BMU-funded project "Discovering nature in the city" new media and digital technologies are being developed and used to raise awareness of urban nature and to communicate environmental education digitally. The "Naturblick" app is geared to young adults exploring Berlin’s nature. Easy-to-use identification keys help you to recognise species and to strengthen the perception of one's own neighbourhood as a place of nature experience and one's own sustainable engagement. This involves the individual acquisition of knowledge and skills and the possibilities of lifelong learning with a focus on urban biodiversity.

Further Information:

Active learning in children

A research project of the iSearch research group of the Max Planck Institute for Educational Research
As part of a cooperation with the Museum für Naturkunde, the research group iSearch (Information Search, Ecological and Active Learning in Children) of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development is conducting playful studies with children in the Museum für Naturkunde. The aim is to investigate how children actively explore their environment to acquire knowledge and how they develop active learning strategies, such as asking questions or independently investigating and trying things out. Furthermore, research will be conducted on how efficient children's learning strategies are and whether children dynamically adapt their strategies to different learning situations. Another focus of the research group is to investigate whether active learning, i.e. the learner's independent decision about how something is learned and when, is superior to more passive forms of learning. In the future, joint research projects are planned with the education department at the museum to investigate children's learning and exploration in the Museum für Naturkunde. The knowledge gained will be used to further develop the museum's educational concepts.
Parents with children can participate in the studies on a voluntary basis; privacy is guaranteed.

The following projects were created with other cooperation partners:

  • Stop-motion films by Trickmisch of the Mobiles Sprachlabor (Mobile Language Laboratory)

The Museum also cooperates with following institutions and schools: