K-12 Educators

Welcome to the Forest

(Pre-K-Kindergarten) Who lives in a forest? What sights, smells, and noises make a forest special?  Young students will explore life in a New England forest through storytelling, movement activities, and examination of real specimens of plants, animals, and fungi specimens.


(Grades K-2) Young anthropologists travel the world, comparing artifacts from Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, and Australia, as well as here in North America. Students explore how different environments shape the clothes, toys, and tools that peoples of the world use to meet their basic needs.

Animal ABCs

(Grades K-2) On an imaginary walk through the forest, students will discover a variety of animal groups and compare their differences and similarities. They will look at animals with and without backbones and then examine birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians to compare the life cycles and special characteristics that make each group unique.

Home Sweet Home

(Grades K-2) Students will take a tour of habitats around the globe and search for the creatures that call these places home. Participants will explore a range of environments, from lush rainforests and frozen tundra to scorching deserts, and they will learn about the unique adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in challenging conditions.

Dig into Fossils

(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.

Bug World!

(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.

Igloos to Adobe

(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.
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Day of the Dead

(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.

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Jaws and Claws

(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.

Inside Skeletons

(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.

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