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Gallery Programs

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Fees

Advance reservation only
Adults (19 and over): $8.50 per adult
Children (18 and under): $6.00 per child
Minimum fee: $50.00
One teacher receives free admission for every 25 students




Reservation Policy

  • Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
  • In order to receive the group rate, please have one person pay for your group with cash, check, credit card, or a combination of these options. We can also invoice your school.
  • Your punctuality is appreciated for gallery programs. If your group is 10 minutes late or more to your scheduled gallery program, we reserve the right to cancel it. If you do not show up for your gallery program, you will be charged a $50 cancellation fee.
  • Please read UNL's Youth Safety Policy before reserving your group.

Gallery Program Summaries

DINOSAURS
Appropriate for Grades Pre-K-3

Description
Become a paleontologist and investigate the Mesozoic Era - the Age of Dinosaurs. Discover the differences between dinosaurs and other animals, explore the clues fossils provide about ancient environments, and discover the diversity of life during the Mesozoic Era.

Program Structure
Students will focus on one of six topics and then share their discoveries with the rest of their class. After the program students will have the opportunity to explore six stations in the Jurassic Gallery under the guidance of their teacher.


EXPLORE EVOLUTION
Appropriate for Grades 7-12

Description
Delve into evolution by exploring the current research of seven teams of scientists and the seven organisms they study. Investigate four components of evolution: variation, inheritance, selection and time to develop an understanding of how organisms change through time.

Program Structure
Students will investigate and apply the four components of evolution to one organism and then share their discoveries with the rest of the group.

For more gallery information visit explore-evolution.unl.edu.


FOSSIL FEATURE
Appropriate for Grades 3-4

Description
Become a paleontologist and investigate fossils and adaptations of animals that lived in the Mesozoic Era – the Age of Dinosaurs. Discover how fossils form and the clues they provide to help scientists understand ancient life.

Program Structure
Students will focus on one of seven investigations and share their discoveries with the rest of the class. After the program, under the guidance of their teacher, students will have the opportunity to explore adaptations in the Bizarre Beast exhibit and excavate fossil rhinoceroses in the Marx Center.


FOSSILS OF NEBRASKA
Appropriate for Grades 4-12

Description
Take a trip through geologic time and investigate Nebraska's rich fossil heritage. Discover life in the Paleozoic Era and the mass extinction, which ended the era. Compare fossils with modern bones to gain a better understanding of the fossilization process. Explore the diversity of life during the Mesozoic Era. Investigate the elephants that once roamed Nebraska during the Cenozoic Era.

Program Structure
Students will explore three different galleries in their walk through time and to gain a better understanding of a paleontologist's job, they will have an opportunity to dig for fossils.


NEBRASKA ECOLOGY
Appropriate for Grades 1-5

Description
Become an ecologist to explore the rich diversity of life on the plains and discover what different animals in Nebraska need to survive. Investigate a prairie habitat to understand how Nebraska's community of plants and animals depend on each other for survival and how humans affect these environments.

Program Structure
Using dioramas in the Hall of Nebraska Wildlife, students will make observations and predictions and then share their discoveries with their class.


PEOPLE OF THE BUFFALO
Appropriate for Grades 3-5

Description
Explore the bison diorama in the Hall of Nebraska Wildlife to discover the animal and plant life on the Nebraska prairie in the late 1800's. Use bison specimens, to investigate the relationships between Native Americans and the buffalo on the plains and explore how this relationship has changed from the early 1800's through today.

Program Structure
Working in small groups students will examine parts of a bison, make predictions on the use of these parts, and then present their findings to the class. As a group the students will tell the story of the bison as recorded by Native peoples of Nebraska.


ROCKS AND MINERALS
Appropriate for Grades 5-8

Description
Look for clues geologists use to understand the formation of different types of rocks. Use microscopes and hand lens to differentiate the three types of rocks: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.

Program Structure
Working in groups, students will explore three stations. They will make observations, collect and record data, and examine rock specimens in order to understand rock identification.


WETLANDS
Appropriate for Grades 4-6

Description
Investigate the endangered Salt Creek Tiger Beetle and the unique saline wetland they inhabit. Discover the role of economic development, habitat degradation and light pollution upon the Tiger Beetle. Discover wetlands across the state of Nebraska.

Program Structure
Working independently students will use microscopes to examine insect body parts. Observe a simulated habitat and discover wetlands across the state of Nebraska.


WALK THROUGH TIME
Description
Take a trip through geologic time by investigating Nebraska's rich fossil heritage. Adult level.