Education Programs

STEM and Osteology Programs for the Florida Community

Each education program is designed to engage and motivate your students through differentiated instruction, student-centered activities, and science exploration. Each program varies in length from 35-60 minutes and is limited to a maximum of 32 students per program. We have education programs for all grade levels and university students! 

All Education Programs:

  • Activities in each program align with Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards and STEM principals 
  • Encourage students to use problem-solving skills through teamwork and communication
  • Focus on natural and life science themes and concepts
  • Integrate a fun, hands-on learning approach

Scroll down to explore each of our programs through our Teacher Pre-Visits for a complete list of Next Generation Sunshine State Standards each program follows, program descriptions, learning objectives, background information, vocabulary, and activites to do at SKELETONS to reinforce standards and learning objectives. 

For an extended expereince at SKELETONS, we also offer guided tours for your group! Tours range from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. 

Outreach Programs at your location:

Want to get your students excited about a field trip to SKELETONS? Outreach programs familiarize students with life science concepts and prepare them for their visit.

Can't come visit us? We can bring our programs and materials to your classroom and work directly with your students! 

To learn more about these exciting programs and/or to schedule a program, please call (407) 203-6999 or email us at

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Tale of the Tooth

Tale of the Tooth begins with the students listening to a story about different types of animals and their teeth. Then participants will engage in a hands-on activity to decide whether specimen teeth belong to carnivores or herbivores.

Locomotion: Move Like an Animal

Locomotion: Move Like an Animal introduces students to various types of animal locomotion. Participants will observe skeletal features that define a particular type of movement, and then mimic the different types of animal locomotion.

1st and 2nd Grade

To Tell the Tooth

To Tell the Tooth enables students to discover tooth adaptations that allow mammals to survive in a variety of ecosystems. Through the hands-on investigation of specimens, your students will study the teeth of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.

Locomotion: How Animals Move

Locomotion: How Animals Move familiarizes students with a key feature to animal survival; locomotion. Much can be learned from observing the bones associated with motion: diet, predator-prey relationships, etc. Participants will observe skeletal features that define a particular type of movement, and then name and imitate that movement.

3rd - 5th Grade

Tooth and Eye "Dentification"

Tooth and Eye "Dentification" enables students to discover dentition and vision adaptations that allow mammals to survive in a variety of ecosystems. A hands-on investigation of specimens will allow students to study the teeth and eyes of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.

Locomotion and Skeletal Adaptation

Locomotion and Skeletal Adaptation familiarizes students with six modes of animal locomotion through hands-on observation of various skeletal specimens. Participants then work in teams to identify a particular type of movement of a skeletal specimen, and communicate their observations to the class.

Amazing Animal Adaptations

All animals have adaptations. Some help them to eat, while others help them from being eaten. In this class we will look at various osteological and external adaptations that help animals survive.

6th - 8th Grade

Keys to Identification

Keys to Identification familiarizes students with dichotomous keys. Students will work in teams to locate and measure various skull features. Using dichotomous keys, students will identify various types of animals. Emphasis will be placed on the student's ability to verbally communicate the identification process.

Animal CSI

Animal CSI introduces students to forensic osteology in animals. After an introduction to bone pathology, students are placed in groups with the mission of unveiling what caused the abnormalities in the specimens. The activity is hands-on and students are engaged Socratically throughout the activity to enhance vital critical thinking skills. Students will later report their analysis to the class.

Mastering Mammal Classification

Mastering Mammal Classification introduces students to the world of classification and its importance in the animal kingdom and life sciences. Students are placed in groups to categorize animal specimens into the appropriate class and communicate their observations. 

9th - 12th Grade


Pathology introduces students to the world of forensic science. After a basic introduction, students will break up into teams to evaluate (hands-on) the pathology of specimens as to the possible cause(s) of the abnormality. After the analysis is completed, teams will report their finds to the class.

Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls

Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls is a crime lab-based program focusing on the forensic investigation of various types of trauma to the human skull. After a basic introduction to skull osteology and lab procedures, students will break-up into teams using a variety of tools from their forensic science kit to evaluate and document key evidence to support their results. They will then defend their findings to the class. Museum quality replicas of human skulls-from actual crime scenes-are used in this program.