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The King of Dinosaurs

Life Sciences

Life Sciences

See also: Live Animal Programs

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Animals and Their Senses – for grades K-2  (program length: 60 minutes)
Do people and animals use their five senses for the same reasons? Explore what senses are used by animals to survive in the wild.
Gallery Program

Who's Home in Ohio Habitats – for grades 2 & 3 (program length: 60 minutes)
Study the diversity of and connections between plant and animal habitats in Ohio. If weather permits, the class will visit the Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden and the Thelma and Kent H. Smith Environmental Courtyard to see live plants and animals in representative natural habitats.
Hands-on Workshop

Insect Exploration – for grades 1-3 (program length: 90 minutes)
Examine insect models and specimens to learn more about their life cycles, bodies, and adaptations. Compare that information to the human body. What is different? What is the same? Note: Live insects will be used.
Gallery Program

The Secret Lives of Dinosaurs – for grades K-2 (program length: 60 minutes)
Uncover the fascinating world of dinosaurs. Learn when they lived, how they lived and how their body structures allowed them to fill their basic survival needs. 
Gallery Program

Plants and Animals – for grades K-2 (program length: 60 minutes)
Examine the basic needs of plants and animals. Learn how they obtain food and survive in different environments.
Gallery Program

Fossils: Clues to the Past – for grades 2-6 (program length: 90 minutes)
What was the environment like long ago? What adaptations allowed animals and plants to survive in a specific environment? Examine a variety of fossils and determine what the world looked like in the past.
Gallery Program
 
The World of Fossils  – for grades 3-6 (program length: 2 hours)
Investigate fossil collections in one of our classrooms and learn how they can be used as clues to past environments. What traits or characteristics do the fossils share? Then explore the galleries to determine the time period for each group of fossils.
Hands-on Workshop
 
Ecosystems – for grades 5-7 (program length: 90 minutes)
Find out how ecosystems change both physically and biologically, and what effect those changes have on their inhabitants. Observe a variety of ecosystems to see how organisms survive in them.
Gallery Program
 
Impact on the Environment – for grades 5-7 (program length: 90 minutes)
Study the effects of human activity on the environment. How have humans impacted weather patterns, water flow, and more? Can humans make positive impacts?
Gallery Program
 
Five Kingdoms or More? – for High School (program length: 2 hours)
How can we organize the diversity of life on Earth? From bacteria to plants and animals, examples will be displayed for perusal, evaluation and discussion. Discover empires, domains, kingdoms and the most important rank, phyla.
Hands-on Workshop
 
Cell Science – for grades 6-8 (program length: 2 hours)
Students will identify the basic characteristics of plant and animal cells and differentiate various tissues using models, microscopes, and other resources. Instruction on the use of microscopes will be included with no more than three students per microscope.
NOTE: Modifications to this program can be made to fit 9-12 curriculum.
Hands-on Workshop
 
Prehistoric People – for grades 9-12 (program length: 90 minutes) (also available viaDistance Learning as a 40 minute program.)
Follow the development of modern humans using information from hominid fossils and clues from living primates.
Gallery Program
 
Evolution – for grades 9-12 (program length: 90 minutes)
Investigate the great diversity of vertebrates. Discover which traits allowed each vertebrate group to thrive and how vertebrate classes evolved over time.
Gallery Program
 
Humans: A Field Guide — for grades 6-12 (program length: 90 minutes)
Explore some of the adaptations that make us different from other primates and the effects on our health. We will discuss bipedalism, food-sharing, language, "race" and the role of genes in our differences and shared inheritance.
Gallery Program
 

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