K-12 Educators

The Changing Earth

(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.

Forest Ecology

(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.

Minerals Lab

(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.

Human Origins Lab


(6-8 or 9-12) Recommended for students 6th–8th grade or as an introduction to human evolution for grades 9-12.

How did environmental changes drive the evolution of our species? Students will act as evolutionary biologists as they analyze and interpret fossil evidence from bones and skulls of our ancient human relatives. By comparing anatomical structures, they will uncover and construct an argument about differences between extinct hominins and ourselves and the role of environment in shaping evolution.

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Magnificent Maya

(Grades 4-7) Investigate Classic Period Maya culture and people through the clues left behind in their tools, buildings, and writing. Learn how archaeologists and other scientists unravel the mysteries of past cultures and what they mean today. Available in Spanish. 
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New England’s Prehistoric Past

(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.

Climate Change

(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.

King for a Day Virtual Field Trip

(Grades 5-8) This live Skype program encourages interactive discussion highlighting the symbols associated with royal power in Maya and Aztec civilizations.  Students virtually tour the Mesoamerican gallery and learn to read the man-made landscape to understand the impact of ancient monarchies.

Mesopotamian Monuments Virtual Field Trip

(Grades 6-8) Mesopotamian Monuments is a live virtual field trip for middle school students to investigate monuments from Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria exhibited at Harvard University. Guided by a museum educator in the gallery, students observe and analyze sculptures from a classroom or their homes to understand the characteristics of these ancient river civilizations.

Exploring Evolution

(Grades 6-8 or introduction to evolution for 9-12) Through examination of museum specimens, classroom discussion, and scientific reasoning, students will explore the evolutionary concepts of variation, inheritance, natural selection and artificial selection, that explain the biodiversity of... Read more about Exploring Evolution
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