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Live Animal Program: Secrets of Survival in Ohio's Habitats

from Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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a variety of animals and their roles in the eastern North American forest
ecosystem. The live mammals, birds and reptiles you’ll meet in our studio all
have specific physical or behavioral adaptations allowing them to thrive in
Ohio.  Use our kit of specimens to
appreciate the softness of skunk fur, the silence of owl feathers, and the
teeth hidden inside a cute raccoon’s mouth!
how humans impact the flow of energy and nutrients in various ecosystems, and
identify our crucial role in protecting natural diversity.  

our animal ambassadors were injured or orphaned at some time during their wild
existence; this will be explained during the program.

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About This Program


By Request: $200.00

There is a kit-shipping fee of $30; the basic program fee is $170. A UPS label will be included in the kit for you to return it after your program.

Discounts available for 5 or more programs booked at the same time,


1 hour, grades 3-5

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Minimum participants:

no minimum

Maximum participants:

We suggest no more than 30 students to optimize interactivity.

Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

(Look under Science Academic Content)

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made at least seven days before the scheduled appointment. Failure to cancel in advance will result in being charged the price of the program. There is no charge if your program is cancelled due to weather or unforeseen technical problems.

About This Provider

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Mission Statement: To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.
CMNH programs address appropriate Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science and Social Studies, and the National Health Education Standards.

Matt Walters

Program Details


1. Introduction of key vocabulary terms.
2. Students view specimens from our Wildlife Division and identify the food chains in which they belong.
3. Students use a worksheet to review key vocabulary.
4. Participants are shown images of some animals in our Perkins Wildlife Center being fed, and their positions in a food web are discussed.
5. Time is allowed for Q & A.


Students will:
-Explore how plants and animals interact in a natural habitat
-Compare the roles of producers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and decomposers
within an ecosystem
-Investigate how animal populations are affected by food supply
-Discuss ways to mitigate the negative affects humans can have on an ecosystem
- Discuss how animals’ patterns of behavior relate to the ecosystem through adaptation, habitat preferences, migration, predator-prey relationships, hibernation and reproduction.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Please see Ohio Content Standards below.

State Standards


Grade 3 Science: Life Science-Behavior, Growth and Changes
•Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.
Grade 4 Science: Life Science-Earth’s Living History
•Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial to its survival and sometimes harmful.
Grade 5 Science: Life Science-Interconnections within Ecosystems
•Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
•All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.
Grade 7: Life Science – Cycles of Matter and Flow of Energy
Grade 8: Life Science – Species and Reproduction