The GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has given the Museum of Life and Science $450,000 to support school programs in the museum's new Explore the Wild and Catch the Wind outdoor exhibitions.
Explore the Wild opens this weekend, and Catch the Wind will open in September. The grant, which will be spread over five years, will help underwrite the exhibits and "focused field trips" incorporating them.
"It's almost a natural classroom," said Allison Savicz, the museum's marketing director.
The exhibits are also being incorporated into the museum's summer-camp programs, Savicz said, the cost of which is covered by fees. School programs, though, require outside support, Savicz said: "We're not charging for the cost of doing that business."