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We encourage students to “think like a zoologist” within this program. We will venture down our Hall of Nebraska Wildlife exhibit and actively study our dioramas full of native Nebraska animals. Students are encouraged to listen, observe, and question each explored window. Animals viewed include rattlesnakes, bison, water fowl, prairie dogs, coyotes, rabbits, and mountain lions. Thirty minutes fly by with interactive question and answer time, physical exploration and group discovery about animal senses, habitats, and behaviors. It's a zoological adventure!

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About This Program


Point to Point: $100.00
Point to Point Premium: $90.00

A 2-3 weeks advance notice is requested for us to mail you the kit prior to the scheduled virtual field trip. You are responsible for the return mailing costs of kits.


30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 25-30 students.

Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancelations must be made at least 7 days prior to the scheduled virtual field trip. Failure to cancel in advance will result in being charged the full price of the program. There is no charge if your program is canceled due to weather or unforeseen technical problems.

If a virtual field trip needs to be rescheduled due to unforeseen technical or weather events, we will try to reschedule within the following two weeks at no extra charge.

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Explore Natural History: University of Nebraska State Museum

Lincoln, NE
United States

Sparking people's interest in the natural world and preserving it for future generations. That is our philosophy at the University of Nebraska State Museum. Established in 1871, the University
of Nebraska State Museum is an active research museum. We are known for our paleontological
collections, especially our iconic hall of ancient elephants, yet we also
maintain over 13 million specimens, ethnographic and archeological
The museum is focused on promoting discovery in natural science, and
fostering scientific understanding and interpretation of the Earth’s
past, present and future through world-class exhibits, collections,
special events, and education. The Museum is a
proud Smithsonian Affiliate and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Annie Mumgaard

Program Details


1. Video introduction to our museum
2. Introduce the skills of a scientist (observing, listening, questioning) - have kids practice by listening and identifying animal sounds
3. Practice observation skills as we explore animal behavior within our dioramas
4. Investigate predator and prey physical aspects with several short activities
5. Examine specific habitat basics within our dioramas using our new zoologist skills!
6. Ask and answer a lot of questions!
7. Share classroom dioramas and the zoologist knowledge used in the making of them.


Students will:
- practice the inquiry process skills of observation and questioning;
- listen to and identify animal sounds;
- investigate how animals communicate and survive;
- be introduced to the science of Zoology;
- discover wildlife in dioramas portraying their Nebraska habitats.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.K.SL.2 -- Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.K.SL.3 -- Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.K.SL.5 -- Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
ESS3A K-2 -- Natural resources
LS1C K-2 -- Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS4D K-2 -- Biodiversity and humans

State Standards

Nebraska College and Career Ready Standards for Science:
- SC.K.7.2 - Gather, analyze, and communicate evidence of interdependent relationships in ecosystems.
- SC.2.7.2.C - Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

Nebraska Language Arts Standards K-2:
Speaking and Listening
- LA 0.3.1c and LA 1.3.1c Utilize appropriate visual and or digital tools to support verbal communication.
- LA 0.3.2 and LA 1.3.2 Listening: Students will develop and demonstrate active listening skills across a variety of situations.

Multiple Literacies K-5
- LA 0.4.1 and LA 1.4.1 Information fluency: Students will evaluate, create and communicate information in a variety of media and formats.