Education

At Home VFT

Miss visiting the Museum? Are you looking for something fun and educational to do? Now with our virtual field trips (VFT) you can visit Archie and company from the comfort of your home! Our educators and scientists interact with your family on a variety of science and natural history topics through live, interactive videoconferencing programs.

Our Virtual Field Trips are FREE, but they do require a pre-registration online. 
Once you've registered, a connection link will be provided to you via email prior to your scheduled program. 

Support the VFT program

UNSM has been proud to provide free educational materials to our community during these challenging times. We’ve been fortunate thus far in maintaining all our Museum and Education staff. However, our physical doors have been closed for over two months with no incoming revenue. We’re offering our virtual field trips for free so everyone has an opportunity to participate. However, if you’re able, we would appreciate you considering a donation to help keep this program going. No gift is too small. Thank you for your support.

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Upcoming Virtual Field Trips:

The Stories Skulls Tell
All ages, 30 minutes
Tuesday, May 26
REGISTER HERE: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm CST


Skulls give us important clues to the past. We’ll explore what your skull does for you every day. Then we'll visit Cherish Nebraska on Morrill Hall's 4th floor to investigate fossil skulls. Can we find the story of their ancient days by looking at their skulls? We’ll think like a paleontologist, observe, and come to better understand structure and function. Be sure to bring your thinking hat to place on your skull. Click on the time slot above you wish to register for.


Who Lives Here?
Cherish Nebraska exhibit
All ages, 30 minutes
Tuesday, June 2
REGISTER HERE: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00 pm CST

Explore the terrains and creatures found in Nebraska's great plains. Sand, water and grass keep this great land full of life. We'll observe our state's natural heritage - our birds, plants and animals, through the eyes of geology, zoology, and the camera lens. Explore Morrill Hall's Cherish Nebraska exhibit with an educator and an expert. 


Painting Paleo Life
All ages, 30 minutes
Tuesday, June 9
REGISTER HERE: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm CST

The museum walls can't talk, but they sure do seem to be whispering something. There are some very interesting facts and fantasies visible in the murals behind our fossils and other exhibits. This will be a fascinating art tour of our halls with an educator and an expert. 


Traditions Shaped by Land & Sky
First Peoples of the Great Plains exhibit
All Ages, 30 minutes
Tuesday, June 16
REGISTER HERE: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm CST

The First Peoples of the Great Plains lived upon and moved across the "land beneath the sky." Discover some of these enduring traditions in our gallery that celebrates Native American cultures of the past and present. 


Found in the Zone
Ashfall Fossil Beds
All ages, 30 minutes
Tuesday, June 23
REGISTER HERE:  10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm CST

Dead Zone, Skeleton Zone, Recovery Zone....volcanic ash, waterhole sand, fluvial sand. It's all a day in the life of the geology of Ashfall Fossil Beds, one of nature's most unique fossil discovery zones. Explore these discoveries with an educator and an expert. 


Water! Water!
H2O Today
All ages, 30 minutes
REGISTER HERE: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm CST

As the days heat up, we’ll cool down with a dip into the science and social significance of water.   Pour yourself a glass of H20 and join the exploration.  The exhibit is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and adapted from an exhibit developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.