School Programs – Pre K-Grade 2

Pre K – Grade 2 School Programs

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Batty About Bats
Bats live in almost every habitat in the world. Learn about bats native to the High Desert and how to identify them. Discover how they use echolocation to navigate and investigate adaptations that increase their chances of survival. Through hands-on exploration students will gain an understanding of how bats function, the food they eat and the types of bats that live in the region. This class is geared toward K-3rd grade.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Biomimicry: Learning from Nature
Nature inspires engineers and scientists to develop solutions to everyday problems. Through hands-on activities, investigate how to use animal and plant structures to help prevent concussions and injuries. Students will use engineering design to solve a real-world problem. This class is geared toward 1st grade. It can be modified for higher grade levels.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
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Birds of Prey
The Museum is the perfect place to meet raptors and get a close-up look at their behavior. Compare and contrast the beaks, wings and talons of different raptors of our desert sky. Dissect owl pellets to learn about nocturnal hunters and their role in the food web. Learn what makes these predators such great hunters.
*There is an additional $15 materials fee.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5
Cost: $180 (60 minutes; includes $15 materials fee for owl pellets) / $205 (90 minutes; includes $15 materials fee for owl pellets)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Desert Dwellers
The High Desert includes four distinct and diverse microhabitats: shrub-steppe, riparian, forest and rimrock. Students learn about form and function and what allows species to survive in each of these environments. Discover ecosystem dynamics in a hands-on way!
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5; Grades 6 – 12
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Erosion!
How are streams formed? How long do weathering processes take? Students develop a model of a stream and explore how landforms change over time. This class is geared toward 2nd grade.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
H2OH! Aquatic Insects
What lives in our stream? Enter the amazing world of macroinvertebrates! Students use the scientific method to classify arthropods, learn about metamorphosis and participate in a stream survey. They observe, collect and identify organisms from the stream. This class is geared toward K–3rd grade.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Reptiles & Amphibians
What sense do snakes use to find food? Why are frogs slimy? Explore a fascinating study of scaled and slimy desert dwellers like lizards, snakes, frogs and salamanders. Students use observation and inquiry to examine the characteristics of these animals, and the unique adaptations that allows them to survive in the High Desert.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Squirrels: An Introduction to Field Investigations
Students become scientists as they explore the habitat of the golden-mantled ground squirrel. Using field-based inquiry, students build on their observation skills and learn how to identify animals and animal signs. Students have fun searching for evidence, collecting and analyzing data and learning about natural history. This class is geared toward 2nd grade and is recommended to pair with the STEM Connect Biodiversity Kit.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Teachers’ Choice: STEM
Students experience an interdisciplinary lesson and apply the engineering design process to plan, design and create solutions to real world problems. Please allow at least three weeks of advance notice to develop the class.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5; Grades 6 – 12
Cost: $165 (60 minutes) / $190 (90 minutes)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
What’s the Matter?
With some messy experimentation and exciting trial and error, we’ll investigate different types of matter and how one transforms into another. Solid into liquid. Liquid into gas. And best of all, cream into ice cream! Working with household ingredients, students will learn about catalysts and reactions and make a tasty treat in the process.
*There is an additional $15 materials fee.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5
Cost: $180 (60 minutes; includes $15 materials fee) / $205 (90 minutes; includes $15 materials fee)
Duration: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Cost of visit includes self-guided exploration time before or after class.
Adventure Tour: High Desert Wildlife Biology
Adventure Tours are 60-minute “private field trips” in which an educational interpreter guides your group through the Museum to connect objects and ideas with a common theme.
In this tour, investigate the life history of animals in our care, including the otters, porcupines and birds of prey, and learn how different species are adapted to various High Desert environments.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 3 – 5; Grades 6 – 12
Cost: $7 per student, 20-student maximum per tour. Price includes Museum admission.
Duration: 60 minutes. Concurrent tours may be available.
Adventure Tour: Wildlife Care
Adventure Tours are 60-minute “private field trips” in which an educational interpreter guides your group through the Museum to connect objects and ideas with a common theme. Have you ever wanted to work with wildlife or explore a career in wildlife biology? This tour offers a special behind-the-scenes inside look at how we care for animals at the Museum and why they are here.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 2 – 5; Grades 6 – 12
Cost: $7 per student, 20-student maximum per tour. Price includes Museum admission.
Duration: 60 minutes. Concurrent tours may be available.
Adventure Tour: Custom Topic
Let an educational interpreter guide your group through the Museum to connect objects and ideas with a common theme. This 60-minute “private field trip” will better engage your students with topics of the High Desert by adding an expert to guide your journey. Adventure Tours can be integrated into any field trip or Discovery Class. With ever-changing exhibits, a custom tour allows special requests based on specific exhibits or topics being covered in class. Please allow at least three weeks of advance notice to develop the tour.
Grades: Pre K – Grade 2; Grades 2 – 5; Grades 6 – 12
Cost: $7 per student, 20-student maximum per tour. Price includes Museum admission.
Duration: 60 minutes. Concurrent tours may be available.