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

Introduce your students to the work of scientists with the University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall and our partners. Register for one or all of our monthly Science Chat Specials! 

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a sleigh? FLIGHT
One Day Only │ December 8

Explore how nature informs human creations to get us up, up into the air. We are partnering with UNL Zoologist, Dr. Zink, who will share how birds are built to fly, and Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum to help us understand how a plane uses the four forces of flight: lift, weight, thrust, and drag. Finally, The Durham Museum will show us an old-fashioned sleigh, and together we’ll talk about what the sleigh would need to fly. It will be a soaring good time!  Register Here>>

Program Details:
9:30 a.m. CST & 11:00 a.m. CST
45 minutes │Recommended for K-5

Nebraska Schools - $125 per building (unlimited connections within building). Please note that Science Chat Specials are not covered by scholarships.

Schools Outside Nebraska - $125 per connection

2022-2023 Science Chat Special Schedule

January 19       Trotting Through Time: Horses with Ashfall Fossil Beds
February 16     Mammoths and More: Fossil Tour with a Paleontologist
March 2           Nature’s Great Spectacle: Sandhill Cranes Migration                                                                                                                   with Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary
April 20           Spring Skies with The Durham Museum
May 11             Buzzy Bees! with UNL Entomologist Dr. Judy Wu-Smart

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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