School Programs

The KU Natural History Museum will offer new virtual programs for schools for the 2020-2021 school year!  In-person museum programs will not be available.

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Virtual school programs are live-streamed experiences for elementary and middle school classes, led by a museum educator who will conduct demonstrations and facilitate hands-on activities with your class. Materials will be provided.

Virtual school programs can be scheduled Monday through Friday during fall and spring terms. Use the Virtual School Program Inquiry webform to request programs. Registration will be confirmed via phone with museum staff.  Bookings must be made at least three weeks in advance.

Exploring Evolution

Living things are diverse! Different plants and animals can be distinguished from one another based on shared characters. Learn how evolutionary trees can be used to map these characters and explain evolution, or descent with modification, with hands-on activities.

LS3 - Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
• LS3.A – Inheritance of traits
• LS3.B – Variation of traits

LS4 - Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
• LS4.B - Natural Selection
• LS4.C - Adaptation
• LS4.D - Biodiversity and Humans



Exploring Earth: Rocks and Fossils

Rocks and fossils can tell us the story of Kansas’s history. Learn about geological time, types of rocks and fossil identification, and what they can tell us about ancient environments.

ESS1 - Earth's Place in the Universe
• ESS1.C – The History of Planet Earth

ESS2 - Earth's Systems
• ESS2.A - Earth Materials and Systems

LS4 - Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
• LS4.A - Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
• LS4.D - Biodiversity and Humans



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Programs offered through the education department are developed and taught by museum education professionals with science backgrounds and many years experience teaching in informal learning environments.