(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) Sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks provide clues about the geologic history of our region over the past 600 million years. Students will use rocks and fossils to discover how oceans, volcanoes, 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 world of minerals. They will learn the difference between a rock and a mineral, how scientists use mineral properties for identification, and the many ways in which minerals are woven into the fabric of our everyday lives.
(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-12) On the Day of the Dead, November 2nd, Mexicans celebrate death as a part of life. Visit an ofrenda, or altar, to explore the elements of this festival through hands-on artifacts, and then make a craft to take home – select either calacas (skull masks) or cempasúchils (paper flowers) at registration. Available in Spanish.
(Grades 2-5) Explore cultural diversity and history among Native peoples in the Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, and Arctic. Through guided discovery, students investigate food, clothing, and homes to understand how environment influences people and their culture. Available in Spanish.