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Incorporate real world science and a break out box to your evolution curriculum! This program explores and analyzes the non-linear evolution of the ancient horse.First, your students gather data using our classroom lab investigation activities which include fossils, teeth, and pollen.  Your class then joins the VFT where they are guided by a Museum Educator to use their multiple lines of evidence to both literally unlock the breakout box and construct an explanation of how horses evolved on the Great Plains of North America.  Your students will gain a better understanding of evolution from this highly engaging, tactile, and interactive curriculum.  This two-part program includes an in-classroom lab activity and a Virtual Field Trip.

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Point to Point: $150.00
Point to Point Premium: $140.00


45-minutes lab, 45-minute VFT

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 25-30 students.

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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

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. In classroom lab work needs to be completed. so students have data for the VFT to be effective learning.

2. Virtual Field Trip Format
• Students join our Museum Educator with their data information and the locked breakout box before them in their classroom
• Students will use their devices to reference the class Google Doc and Kahoot! Jumble learning game throughout the VFT.
• The Museum Educator will lead students through opening six locks on a breakout box over the course of the program.
• The students must actively use the evidence collected from their in-class lab to unlock each lock. They will be timed!!
• Inside the breakout box, students discover Ashfall Fossil Beds and the five horse genera that were found in the ash, living at the same place and time 12 million years ago. This final piece of evidence supports the explanation of evolution as a branching tree of life, with multiple genera co-existing, rather than a linear progression through time.


Participants will:
• Actively engage with evidence gathered from fossil pollen, fossil teeth and fossil horse feet to explain how natural selection leads to adaptations in horse populations;
• Practice using scientific tools and multiple lines of evidence to explain concepts;
• Learn to record data, develop an explanation, and reinforce scientific concepts;
• Recognize that evolution is not a linear process;
• Be introduced to vertebrate paleontologists and the University of Nebraska State Museum collections.