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Guided Tours and More

Docents work with students using observation and inquiry, and incorporate hands-on artifacts and specimens. Students participate in learning activities within the galleries.  Activities may include close observation, comparison and contrast, movement, and exhibit critiques.

Teachers appreciate the following:

  • Small Groups.  Larger groups are divided into groups of 10 or fewer students per docent.
  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable docents lead our tours.  Docents are University students extensively trained by Museum staff.
  • Hands-on opportunities within each tour.
  • Scheduled self-guided time is free when combined with a scheduled group tour.
  • Tours meet MCF and GLCE content benchmarks.

Pre-K to K Programs

Dancing with the Dinosaurs

PreK-K • $6 per person, 1 hour
Explore the dinosaur exhibits in song, stories, and movement! Includes both hands-on exploration in our classroom and guided discovery in the exhibits.

Prehistoric Explorers

PreK-K • $3 per person, 30 minutes

A short exploration of our prehistoric life gallery designed especially for young children. 

Elementary School Programs

Prehistoric Life

Grades 1-8 • $6 per person, 1 hour
Learn about fossilization, paleontology, evolution, and geologic time.  Explore the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals by observing their many adaptations.  Learn what these adaptations tell us about the lifestyles of prehistoric animals.

  • Key Concepts: evolution, adaptations, classification, fossils

Michigan Ecology

Grades: 3-8 • $6 per person, 1 hour

Investigate and classify the adaptations and habitats found in Michigan’s diverse ecosystems by using skulls, soil samples and tools such as stereoscopes.

  • Key Concepts: nonliving and living, adaptations, Michigan ecosystems, scientific method

Rocks and Fossils

Grades 2-6 • $6 per person, 1 hour

Investigate the rock cycle and use stereoscopes to take a closer look at rock specimens.  Investigate fossils and the ways in which they form.

  • Key Concepts: rock cycle, types of rocks, minerals, fossils

A Mammoth Mystery

Grades 3-6 • $6 per person, 1 hour

Discover the stories hidden in bones! Students become junior paleontologists as they explore mammoths' life cycles, learn about mammoth evolutionary history, and discover evidence for why these ice age giants became extinct. 

  • Key Concepts: life cycles, adaptations, Michigan history, evolution, fossils, human impact on the environment.

Middle School Programs

Prehistoric Life

Grades 1-8 • $6 per person, 1 hour
Learn about fossilization, paleontology, evolution, and geologic time. Use hands-on inquiry to solve scientific problems. Explore the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals by observing their many adaptations.  Learn what these adaptations tell us about the lifestyles of prehistoric animals.

  • Key Concepts: evolution, adaptations, classification, fossils

Michigan Ecology

Grades: 3-8 • $6 per person, 1 hour

Investigate and classify the adaptations and habitats found in Michigan’s diverse ecosystems by using skulls, soil samples and tools such as stereoscopes and hand lenses.

  • Key Concepts: nonliving and living, adaptations, Michigan ecosystems, scientific methods

Rocks and Fossils

Grades 2-6 • $6 per person, 1 hour

Investigate the rock cycle and use stereoscopes to take a closer look at rock specimens.  Investigate fossils and the ways in which they form.

  • Key Concepts: rock cycle, types of rocks, minerals, fossils

A Mammoth Mystery

Grades 3-6 • $6 per person, 1 hour

Discover the stories hidden in bones! Students become junior paleontologists as they explore mammoths' life cycles, learn about mammoth evolutionary history, and discover evidence for why these ice age giants became extinct. 

  • Key Concepts: life cycles, adaptations, Michigan history, evolution, fossils, human impact on the environment.

High School Programs

 

 

Prehistoric Life

Grades 9 – adult • $6
Learn about fossilization, paleontology, and geologic time. Use hands-on inquiry to solve scientific problems. Explore the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals by observing their many adaptations and what they tell us about their lifestyles.

  • Key Concepts: evolution, adaptations, classification, fossils

 

 

Self-Guided Visit

All ages  $2 per person, 1 - 2 hours, K-12

Age-appropriate Discovery Guides help focus student observation  Our Discovery Guides in the Teacher Resources section provide age-appropriate assignments that help focus observation.  Answer keys are provided. 

You can print out the scavenger hunt and bring it with you, or request that a copy be sent to you by mail.

Cost for groups is $2 per person for 60-90 minutes.  Self-guided time is free for individuals and families, or for groups in combination with a tour or a Planetarium show.