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Your students will investigate current research and meet young scientists who reinforce the main concepts of evolution: variation, inheritance, selection and time!

Coming to you from the University of Nebraska State Museum’s Evolution gallery, students will interact and engage with studies on finches and viruses. They will even try singing like a fly as they come to better understand evolution! Arachnids at night and Yellowstone diatoms by day will be highlighted by several University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate students who will share how they are studying evolution in their work today.

Your students will see examples of the use of the scientific process, receive a broad awareness of the variety of scientists who utilize the theory of evolution, and will discover how the theory of evolution applies to their personal lives and the environment around us. It truly is Evolution Examined!

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About This Program


Point to Point: $125.00
Point to Point Premium: $115.00


40-45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10

Minimum participants:

There is no minimum.

Maximum participants:

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, etc...)
Microsoft Teams

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel or change a session date, please let us know ASAP.

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. Welcome and Video introduction to our museum
2. Interactive electronic pre-assessment of evolution knowledge & history
3. Inquiry into evolution research:
a. Darwin’s Finches today (biology)
Activity: Classroom Island showdown
b. Hawaii’s Drosophila (entomology)
Activity: Fly Karaoke
c. HIV Virus (virology)
Activity: Life of a cold…
4. Meet Tyler and Victoria
Costa Rica Arachnids (biology) &
Yellowstone Diatoms (paleontology)
5. Question and Answers all along the way!


The participants will:
• Investigate the four components of evolution: variation, inheritance, selection and time;
• Recognize how the environment influences the evolution of species;
• Discover evolution happening now;
• Understand how evolution accounts for the diversity of species on earth;
• Understand how evolution affects their daily lives.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

A full listing of National Science Standards & Next Generation Standards can be found on our website listing: http://museum.unl.edu/virtualfieldtrips/evolutionexamined.html

State Standards

A full listing of Nebraska Science Standards can be found on our website: