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Play Animal Crossing with the Museum of Natural History!

August 16-30, 2020

Pictured on our Collector’s Card are fossils that you can collect in the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Fourteen of these fossils can be found in the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.

When you have collected all the parts of a fossil that are on the Collector’s Card, take a screenshot and share that fossil with us! 

Share your fossil screenshot on any of our social media platforms:

and use the hashtag #ummnhAnimalCrossing!

We’ll respond to your screenshot with a Fossil Baseball Card of our real-life fossil and some Fun Facts about it! Try and collect them all!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the most recent game from Nintendo’s Animal Crossing series. The game allows users to design and cultivate their own island while hunting for fish, bugs, fossils, and more. Each day, four or five random fossils appear at different places on the island, and players can dig them up and take them to Blathers’ museum for appraisal. After the fossils are appraised, they can then be donated to the museum. Some fossils are single pieces that stand alone, like the Coprolite or the Australopithecus skull, and others, like Diplodocus and or Dimetrodon, have multiple parts that must be collected and brought to the museum before the fossil is complete. 





BBC Earth Kids

BBC Earth offers shows and programs that are beautifully done and worth exploring, and families will especially enjoy their Earth Kids content.

-Tim Donahue, Exhibit and Display Coordinator

Time Scavengers and Field Excursions

Time Scavengers blog and Field Excursions page is a great place to learn about paleontology from paleontologists with great science communication skills. One of the founders is U-M Museum of Paleontology’s collection manager Jen Bauer.

-Jade Marks, Science Communication Manager


is an online lab space where you can conduct virtual experiments that reinforce chemistry topics like stoichiometry, solubility, acid-base chemistry and more!

-Jade Marks, Science Communication Manager



simulations are a collection of online tools for interacting with STEM concepts across multiple disciplines: Physics, Chemistry, Math, Biology and more! You can explore by topic or by grade level. Build a molecule, explore Faraday’s Law, or play a radioactive dating game.

-Jade Marks, Science Communication Manager


SpinWearables STEM Resources

The SpinWearables team, including U-M researcher and museum Science Communication Fellow Bridget Hegarty, has created a resources list with some favorite collections of science activities, educational computer games, videos, and more! For some hands-on activities using simple supplies and tips to get started at home, check out the recent parent workshop

- Dr. Bridget Hegarty, postdoc in Civil and Environmental Engineering


How to Smile

is a huuuge compendium of fun activities from informal science centers around the world, indexed by age and topic. It’s a great resource for parents and teachers alike!

-Kira Berman, Assistant Director for Education


Storytime from space

has been a fun discovery for my family during this time. A particular favorite was Mousetronaut. Who doesn’t love a story read from space?

-Melissa Westlake, Assistant Director for Exhibits

Powers of Ten

Keep in mind while watching the short film, Powers of Ten, by Charles and Ray Eames, that it was produced in 1977. It employed the system of exponential powers to visualize the importance of scale. Stay on the official Eames site to view some excellent design.

-Todd Berenz, Exhibit Preparator/Designer

Mark Rober's YouTube channel

is a favorite of our family. Rober was formerly a NASA engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and now produces entertaining science videos with a high level of wow factor! 

-Alicia Comer, Science Outreach Grants Manager