(Grades 6-12) Is our climate changing? How do we know? Using fossils, rocks and scientific data, students will investigate climate in two dramatically different periods of Earth’s history and compare it to today’s changing climate.
(Grades 6-12. Recommended for students up to 8th grade.) Through careful observations and sketches students will follow in the footsteps of great naturalists, learning science by studying natural objects. They will investigate the special features of a variety of bird groups to discover how these animals are adapted to their habitats.
(Grades 6-12) By comparing the skeletons and technology of human and non-human primates from Australopithecus to Homo sapiens students will see the evolutionary trends which led to the emergence of modern humans. Read more about Human Evolution
(Grades 6-12) How has New England changed over the past 500 million years? By studying rocks, fossils, and living animals that provide the clues to ancient oceans, volcanoes, and ice ages, students will leave this lab with a better understanding of what New England looked like, who lived here, and how scientists know about these ancient environments.
(Grades 6-8) How did we become the brainy, social, bipedal creatures that we are today? Using the evidence shown in the skulls, bones, and tools of our ancient human ancestors, students will explore the way environmental changes drove the evolution of our species.
(Grades 3-5) Through careful observations and sketches, students will follow in the footsteps of great naturalists, learning science by studying natural objects. They will investigate the special features of a variety of bird groups to discover how these animals are adapted to their habitats.
(Grades 3-5) Students will become geologists as they explore an amazing array of minerals in a lab-like setting. Using scientific tests and careful observations of properties such as color, hardness and magnetism, students practice identifying common minerals the way geologists do.
(Grades 3-5) By examining animal skulls, leaves, fungus, and other natural objects, students will investigate life in a New England forest. From tiny insects to towering trees, from sun to soil, students will explore the connections between living and nonliving components of an ecosystem.
(Grades 3-5) Students will explore rocks, fossils, and other specimens to uncover the geologic history of our region over the past 600 million years. They will discover how plate tectonics, weathering, erosion, and mountain building have all shaped New England’s landscape.
(Grades 3-5) Students will become geologists as they explore the fascinating underground world of rocks and minerals. They will learn how scientists use color, heft, hardness, and other properties to identify minerals and discover the surprising uses of minerals around the home.
(Grades 3-5) Starting with the human skeleton, students will investigate the functions of bones. By examining the skeletal structures of other animals, students will observe how these creatures’ bodies have become adapted for jumping, flying, and other lifestyles.
(Grades 3-5) By comparing and contrasting a variety of predators, students will discover the specialized adaptations that allow them to find and capture their prey. They will examine the eyes, ears, teeth, and beaks that enable animals to successfully hunt fish, insects, mice, and clams.
(Grades K-2) Through close observations of museum specimens and live animals, students will investigate the diverse world of insects, spiders, and their relatives, and discover the special features that allow them to live in varied habitats all over the world.
(Grades K-2) What are fossils and how do they form? What clues can they give us to life in the past? Students will become paleontologists as they answer these and other questions about fossils and prehistoric life from three different periods in Earth’s history.