Our Animal Neighbors

Large rodent skull being examined

Through an interactive, inquiry-driven program using animal specimens and games, students learn how to identify native animals and discuss structures/forms that help them to survive in their habitats. By focusing on common native animals and accessible habitats, this program encourages students to connect with wildlife and builds awareness of the animals that live around us.

Note: This program occurs largely outside in the museum garden spaces.

CLICK HERE to view a more detailed outline of the program, standards, and classroom resources. (PDF | HTML)

Grades: K-2
Days offered: Tuesday-Friday
Start time: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Tuesday-Wednesday. 9:00 a.m. only Thursday-Friday. Virtual Programs available upon request.
Program duration: 1.5 hours**
Cost: $40 $0, field trip fees are covered by our generous members, donors, and grant funding.
Chaperones Required: 2-6 (30 students max)
Supplemental Activities: Educational Kit ($15/week)
Months offered: September-May

**Program duration includes free-time to explore the Museum gallery spaces.

Request a Field Trip

Explore our available field trips below. Select a date from the calendar and then complete the request form. Museum staff will contact you to confirm the details of your reservation.

Please Note: We are receiving an unusually high number of field trip requests this time of year. Due to the high volume of requests, response time may be delayed. You may assume your preferred date and time will be approved, and may plan for the field trip accordingly. We will send a formal confirmation at least two weeks prior to the field trip date. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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We are happy to offer Educational Kits to be used in the classroom either before or after your field trip. The Educational Kits come with artifacts or specimens, materials to support activities, and suggested curriculum. We strive to make the kits suitable for a range of ages or grades, and the artifacts can be used for the provided curriculum or to support your own lessons! We recommend that teachers rent kits to accompany their Museum-led field trips to deepen the impact of the lessons.

If you would like to request a kit rental to correspond with your field trip, indicate whether you would like the kit before or after your field trip below, or if you would like the kit for more than one week.