Guided Tours and More

Guided Tours and More

Docents work with students using observation and inquiry, and incorporate hands-on artifacts and specimens. Students participate in learning activities within the galleries.  Activities may include close observation, comparison and contrast, movement, and exhibit critiques.

Teachers appreciate the following:

  • Small Groups.  Larger groups are divided into groups of 10 or fewer students per docent.
  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable docents lead our tours.  Docents are University students extensively trained by Museum staff.
  • Hands-on opportunities within each tour.
  • Scheduled self-guided time is free when combined with a scheduled group tour.
  • Tours meet MCF and GLCE content benchmarks.

Pre-K to K Programs

Dancing with the Dinosaurs

PreK-K • $6
Explore the dinosaur exhibits in song, stories, and movement! Includes both hands-on exploration in our classroom and guided discovery in the exhibits.

Prehistoric Explorers

PreK-K • $3

A short exploration of our prehistoric life gallery designed especially for young children. Small groups discover dinosaurs and more, using fossils, casts and a puzzle.

 

Elementary School Programs

Prehistoric Life

Grades 1-8 • $6
Learn about fossilization, paleontology, and geologic time. Use hands-on inquiry to solve scientific problems. Explore the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals by observing their many adaptations and what they tell us about their lifestyles.

  • Key concepts: evolution, adaptations, classification, fossils

Michigan Ecology

Grades: 3-8 • $6

Guided discovery in our Michigan Wildlife gallery and workshop activities allow students to take a closer look at Michigan’s ecosystems and their inhabitants. Using skulls, soil samples and tools such as stereoscopes and hand lenses, students investigate and classify Michigan’s diverse ecosystems.

  • Key Concepts: nonliving and living, adaptations, Michigan ecosystems, scientific method

Rocks and Fossils

Grades 2-6 • $6

Guided discovery in our Prehistoric Life gallery and workshop activities in our classroom allow students to investigate the rock cycle, use stereoscopes to take a closer look at rock specimens, and focus on fossils and how they form.

  • Key concepts: rock cycle, types of rocks, minerals, fossils

Middle School Programs

Prehistoric Life

Grades 1-8 • $6
Learn about fossilization, paleontology, and geologic time. Use hands-on inquiry to solve scientific problems. Explore the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals by observing their many adaptations and what they tell us about their lifestyles.

  • Key Concepts: evolution, adaptations, classification, fossils

Michigan Ecology

Grades: 3-8 • $6

Guided discovery in our Michigan Wildlife gallery and workshop activities allow students to take a closer look at Michigan’s ecosystems and their inhabitants. Using skulls, soil samples and tools such as stereoscopes and hand lenses, students investigate and classify Michigan’s diverse ecosystems.

  • Key Concepts: nonliving and living, adaptations, Michigan ecosystems, scientific methods

Rocks and Fossils

Grades 2-6 • $6

Guided discovery in our Prehistoric Life gallery and workshop activities in our classroom allow students to investigate the rock cycle, use stereoscopes to take a closer look at rock specimens, and focus on fossils and how they form.

  • Key Concepts: rock cycle, types of rocks, minerals, fossils

Behind the Scenes: Mammals

Grades 6-12 • $6
Learn how adaptations have enabled mammals to become diverse and successful. Join a Museum of Zoology research scientist for a behind-the-scenes tour of the mammal collections, which hold over 150,000 research specimens, providing examples of mammalian form and function.

  • Key Concepts: classification, structures and functions

High School Programs

Prehistoric Life

 Grades 9 – adult • $6
Learn about fossilization, paleontology, and geologic time. Use hands-on inquiry to solve scientific problems. Explore the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals by observing their many adaptations and what they tell us about their lifestyles.

  • Key Concepts: evolution, adaptations, classification, fossils

Behind the Scenes: Mammals

Grades 6-12 • $6
Learn how adaptations have enabled mammals to become diverse and successful. Join a Museum of Zoology research scientist for a behind-the-scenes tour of the mammal collections, which hold over 150,000 research specimens, providing examples of mammalian form and function.

  • Key Concepts: classification, structures and functions

Self-Guided Visit

All ages  $2. 

Age-appropriate Discovery Guides help focus student observation. Available here soon.