These classes meet Next Generation Life Science standards for K–12th grade:
Reptiles and Amphibians
What sense do snakes use to find food? Why are frogs slimy? Explore a fascinating study of scaled and slimy desert dwellers like lizards, snakes, frogs and salamanders. Students use observation and inquiry to examine the characteristics of these animals, and the unique adaptations that allows them to survive in the High Desert. This class is geared toward K-3rd grade.
Birds of Prey
The Museum is the perfect place to meet raptors and get a close-up look at their behavior. Compare and contrast the beaks, wings and talons of different raptors of our desert sky. Dissect owl pellets to learn about nocturnal hunters and their role in the food web. Learn what makes these predators such great hunters.
The High Desert includes four distinct and diverse microhabitats: shrub-steppe, riparian, forest and rimrock. Students learn about form and function and what allows species to survive in each of these environments. Discover ecosystem dynamics in a hands-on way!
H2OH! Aquatic Insects
What lives in our stream? Enter the amazing world of insects and macroinvertebrates! Students will use the scientific method to classify arthropods, learn about metamorphosis and participate in a stream survey. They will observe, collect and identify organisms from the stream. This class is geared toward K-3rd grade.
Can we use animal or plant defenses to help us protect our homes? Can we study how seeds travel and design a tool to help farmers plant seeds more efficiently? For example, airplane wings are mimicked after a variety of bird wings. Students will have a problem to solve, but first they must learn how nature handles it. Then they will design a solution using their engineering skills.
Batty About Bats
Bats occupy almost every habitat in the world. Learn about bats native to the High Desert and how to identify them. Discover how they use echolocation to navigate and investigate adaptations that increase their chances of survival. Through hands-on exploration students will gain an understanding of how bats function, the food they eat and the types of bats that live in the region. This class is geared toward K-3rd grade.