*All tours are 30 minutes long and count as one station of a field trip.

 Timewalk Tours

On our “Timeline” tour  students will get an overview as they walk through Earth’s timeline. We will hit the highlights in evolutionary trends as well as geologic and climatic changes. For grades PreK-2nd the tour will include time with our fossil touch cart.

The “Timeline” tour pairs well with the following activities:

  • Triceratops Footprint
  • Unique Beak Physique
  • Ecosystem Jenga

In this specialized tour of our Paleontology and Anthropology gallery, students will explore environments, food webs, and adaptation through an examination of teeth from the earliest bumps on jawed fish to the varied teeth of today. For grades PreK-2nd the tour will include time with our fossil touch cart.

The “Get Bit” tour pairs well with the following activities:

  • Triceratops Foot
  • Rising Seas
  • Unique Beak Physique
  • Ecosystem Jenga

What will be covered:

PreK-3 – Environments and Food Webs

TEKS Covered:

K – 9; 10  |   1st – 9C; 10A   |   2nd – 9B-C   |   3rd – 9C; 10A

During the tour, students are asked questions and encouraged to make observations that have them think about categorizing, ecosystems, food webs, and adaptations. After the tour, they will have time to explore some of the teeth we discussed on the tour and make hypotheses about new teeth based on what they just learned.

4-5 – How Environmental Changes Drive Adaptations

TEKS Covered:

4th – 9A-B; 10A   |   5th – 9C; 10A

Students will be asked to use their observational and critical thinking skills to answer questions about why certain teeth structures work for particular tasks. They will use those answers to then explore how environmental changes drove  changes in tooth structures and diets. After the tour they will see three new teeth at the touch cart and makes hypotheses about the animals they belonged to based on what they learned on the tour.

Middle School

TEKS Covered:

6th – 12E-F   |   7th – I.4E.i; 10A-C   |   8th – 11A-C

Middle School students will get to explore how and why teeth and diets changed as environments changed. They will start with phagocytosis and then go step by step as animals develop denticulations, the first true teeth, through to the wide variety of teeth that followed.

High School

*description coming soon

On this tour we look at ancient ecosystems and who thrived in them. Students will explore how changes in global climate at different times in Earth’s past effected these ecosystems and what changes occurred. Students will learn about how the amount of oxygen spurred significant changes and how asteroid impacts changes life on a global scale. For grades PreK-2nd our tours will include some time with out fossil touch cart.

The Ecology tour pairs well with these activities:

  • Rising Seas
  • Unique Beak Physique
  • Ecosystem Jenga