For Educators

Virtual Learning

Learn with "Archie" the mammoth and company without leaving your classroom! Our educators and scientists interact with participants on a variety of science and natural history topics through live, interactive videoconferencing programs. Our Virtual Learning Programs are designed to fit within your schedule, curriculum or interest areas, and are aligned with state and national science standards. Many of our programs include a physical kit with hands-on materials to enhance your classroom discoveries. Bring the museum to your classroom today!

Science Chat Specials │One Day Only

Designed for K– 5th grade audiences.

Introduce your students to the works of scientists with the University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall. Students will learn from a variety of experts on a variety of subjects. Register for one or all of our monthly Science Chat Specials! 

October 28 Creepy Crawly Fun

Celebrate Halloween with a look at parasites, insects, and dark night skies! 
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9:30 CST & 11:00 CST
45 minutes │Recommended for K-5
$125 per building/per time (unlimited connections within building)

2022-2023 Science Chat Special Schedule

November 17   Elephants in America: Ancient to Modern 
December 8    It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s a sleigh? FLIGHT
January 19       Trotting Through Time: Horses
February 16     Mammoths and More: Fossil Tour
March 2           Nature’s Great Spectacle: Sandhill Cranes Migration
April 20           Spring Skies
May 11             Buzzy Bees!      

Virtual Learning Programs

Designed for preK-12th grade audiences, afterschool, libraries, and adult learners. Search topics below by curricular area, grade level, or for learners of all ages. 


For Nebraska Schools & Afterschools

Thanks to generous gifts from the Rogers Foundation, the Dillon Foundation, and the Friends of the University of Nebraska State Museum, Nebraska schools (including accredited afterschool programs) receive FREE Virtual Learning Programs! (Funding does not cover Science Chat Specials.)

Curricular Area

Grade Level

Learners of All Ages

Program Fees

30 minutes: 45 minutes: 45 minutes with kit (includes shipping):
Nebraska Schools Free Free Free
CILC Members, Libraries, etc. $100 $125 $150
CILC Premier Members $90 $115 $140

Program Details

MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 30 students/participants for maximum interaction

SIGN-UP: 2-3 weeks advance notice requested

BRING YOUR SCHOOL: Concurrent Virtual Learning Programs are encouraged within a school. We request classes be held on same day. Fees will be negotiated.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Nebraska schools, including accredited afterschool programs, receive FREE Virtual Learning Programs thanks to generous gifts from the Rogers Foundation, the Dillon Foundation, and the Friends of the University of Nebraska State Museum. (Funding does not cover Science Chat Specials.)

KITS: Kits included with a Virtual Learning Program are mailed to you prior to the scheduled virtual. The cost for return shipping is included in the program fee.  A pre-paid shipping label will be included in the kit.

Zoom, Microsoft Teams, H323 IP (Polycom, Cisco, LifeSize, etc.)
Point-to-Point, Multi-Point
Audio/Video tests by request only.
Please contact us if you have questions about your technology needs.

RESCHEDULING: If a Virtual Learning Program needs to be rescheduled due to unforeseen technical or weather events, we will try to reschedule within the following two weeks at no extra charge.

CONFIRMATION/CANCELLATION POLICY: You will receive a confirmation email prior to your program. Please check for accuracy. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled Virtual Learning Program. Failure to cancel in advance may result in being charged the full price of the program. There is no charge if your program is canceled due to weather or unforeseen technical problems.

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