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Explore Natural History: University of Nebraska State Museum

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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
objects. 
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.

2017-2018

 

Programs by Explore Natural History: University of Nebraska State Museum

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Animals in the Hall

Become a young scientist today! Like a scientist, we’ll start with what you know – and then ask a lot of questions as we travel our Hall of Nebraska Wildlife exhibit. Listen to and identify animal sounds, explore animal behavior, check out...

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Art of Sea Monsters

Let’s draw a picture of the past! We’ll look at fossil evidence, think like a paleontologist, draw what we see, and then imagine the possibilities. You will learn about fossils, how they inform us about past environments, and in what ways...

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Constellations: The Big Red Sky Tour

Learn how to “read” the night sky. Discover the stories and the constellations found within a dark night. Using state of the art software guided by our experienced Planetarium Coordinator , we have a spectacular starry exploration for you.

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Elephants in Your Backyard: Making Teeth Talk

Uncover a mystery – paleontology style! Your classroom fossil dig is followed by a “trip” to the museum. Together we uncover the tale told by teeth, traits, and time. You’ll uncover clues to middle America's ancient climate and habitats known...

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Evolution Examined!

Dig in to the theory of evolution. Investigate current research. Discover how evolution applies to you and the environment around us. And try to sing like a fly! All it takes is a little variation, inheritance, selection and time.

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Flickering, Flashing Fireflies

Investigate fireflies! We will study the life cycle of these bright little insects, take a close look at their body structure, and discover why they flash.Scientists that study insects are called Entomologists. So come along, young...

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Fossil Finds in Volcanic Ash

Discover this fossil bed up-close!Prehistoric rhinos, three-toed horses, and llama-like camels lay where they died 12 million years ago, now extraordinarily preserved in ash.You will be taken INTO the fossil bed, a privilege not afforded to on...

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Horse Evolution

To better understand evolution, check out our scientific investigation and interpretation lab, VFT, and mystery breakout box. By examining horse fossils, teeth, and ancient pollen your students will use multiple lines of evidence to explore the...

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Science Chats!

Do you have 15 minutes? Explore life as a scientist in a fun conversation with a working scientist!  Have questions.  Get answers. Awesome experience.

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Sight Beyond Sight: Universe Exploration

Take a tour of the cosmos.Using state of the art 3-D software and guided by our Planetarium Coordinator we will travel from earth to the edge of our galaxy with amazing clarity.There will be big-bang exploration, spatial depth, close-up space...

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The Stories Skulls Tell

Ancient skulls still speak to us. We’ll explore our own skulls, consider structure and function, look at modern animal skulls and then roam our galleries searching out the fossils of ancient mammals. Who were these creatures? The answers lie in...

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To Boldly Go: Solar System Exploration

Explore our diverse cosmic neighborhood! Using state of the art 3-D software and guided by our Planetarium Coordinator we will investigate the planets and moons of our solar system, discover their unique qualities, and look at the spacecraft...

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Traditions Shaped by Land & Sky

How do humans meet life's challenges? The  First Peoples of the Great Plains developed varied solutions to life upon a challenging terrain.  Using our First People's gallery we will consider the many decisions made and the archeological and...

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Tusker Power!

Step Right Up! See the wild elephants who once freely roamed America’s heartland. Explore these prehistoric pachyderms world. Come eye to eye with “Archie”, the world’s largest mounted mammoth. Discover the amazing life history left in their...

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Who Lives Here?

Explore the Great Plains ecosystem, home to many unique plants and animals. Your students will “walk” through our prairie gallery and investigate plants and animals through the perspectives of geology, zoology, and biology.

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More About This Provider

Type of Organization

Arts/Cultural/Museum

Contact

Jennifer Ruyle   elephant@unl.edu
645 N. 14th St.
Lincoln NE 68588-0388
4024726302
United States

https://museum.unl.edu/education

Primary Disciplines

The programs of Explore Natural History: University of Nebraska State Museum cover:

Problem Based Learning
Social Studies/History
Career Education
Sciences
Gifted & Talented

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

"The hands-on activities before and during the lessons were a big plus." MS Teacher

"The kit was wonderful! It gave the teachers direction in how to prepare for the field trip and helped the kids be ready to interact." Elem. Teacher

"The pace was nice and relaxed and gave all of the students time to think and respond." 4th Grade Teacher

"Your presentation skills make the content fun, engaging, and challenging, regardless of the age!" Instructional Media Coordinator