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Virtual Field Trips

Science:

  • A Sense of Adaptation, Grades 1-2
  • Expedition Classify, Grades 3-4
  • Clues from the Past: Fossils Tell a Story, Grades 4-10
  • Galapagos Finches: Evolution in a Nutshell, Grades 9-12

Cultural:

  • MASKS: Secrets and Revelations, Grades 4-6
  • Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks (coming soon)
  • Family Traditions (coming soon)

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Virtual Outreach Program Scheduling. Please contact us to set up a program time and date by calling 517-432-1472 or email

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A Sense of Adaptation

Grades: 1-2

Length: 40-60 minutes

Cost: $75.00

 

Please contact us to set up a program time and date by calling 517-432-1472 or email

 

Why does a zebra have stripes? Why does a male peacock have such colorful tail feathers? How does a green chameleon hide from predators?

In this program, the students will learn what an adaptation is and how animals use them.  They will examine how various animals use their senses as adaptations as well as how animals rely on other animals’ senses for their survival. Then, the students will conduct an activity with crickets that will reinforce the concepts presented throughout the program. You will need to supply some materials for this program. 

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Expedition Classify: A Trek Through the Animal Kingdom

Grades: 3-4

Length: 40-60 minutes

Cost: $75.00

 

Please contact us to set up a program time and date by calling 517-432-1472 or email

 

What makes a mammal a mammal or a bird a bird? In this program, you and your students will take a trip through the animal kingdom and discover current classification schemes that zoologists use to group vertebrates. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish are all represented using photos and real museum objects to illustrate what makes them different from each other. Students will record data to compare animal groups and use that data to identify some unusual animals. 

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Clues from the Past: Fossils Tell a Story

Grades: 4-10

Length: 40-60 minutes

Cost: $75.00

 

Please contact us to set up a program time and date by calling 517-432-1472 or email

What is a fossil and how do scientists use fossils to inform us about life and environments of the past? This program compares a fossil to a bone and discusses how a bone becomes a fossil. The selection of fossils used and the specific content is adapted to the interest and level of the class but may include archaeopteryx, trilobites, Michigan mastodons, and dinosaur fossils.

 

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Galapagos Finches: Evolution in a Nutshell

Grades: 9-12

Length: 40-60 minutes

Cost: $85.00

 

Please contact us to set up a program time and date by calling 517-432-1472 or email

 

In this program, students will learn about evolution and natural selection by conducting a hands-on activity. This activity mimics the findings of research on the Darwin finches done in the Galapagos Islands using bulldog clips to replicate bird beaks and seeds as their food source. Students will act as birds with their bulldog clips and will compete with their classmates for access to food. Students will witness evolution in action and see how changes in the environment can lead to changes on the population beak size.

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MASK: Secrets and Revelations

Grades: 4-6

Length: 40-60 minutes

Cost: $75.00

 

Please contact us to set up a program time and date by calling 517-432-1472 or email

Masks are used around the world. A mask can conceal and transform its wearer into a different person or being. They are historical and contemporary. Masks reflect an extraordinary array of forms, colors, and media. They teach us about traditions from around the world. They can be used as part of celebrations or as a part of a job. Every mask has the ability to tell a story. In this program, students will learn about masks from around the world--how they are used, what they represent, and what meanings they might have for different cultures, situations, and events. 

 

 

Other Cultural Virtual Outreach Programs coming soon! 

Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks and Family Traditions