Educational Programs

Our educational programs and outreaches are designed to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about skulls and skeletons through hands-on exploration. Students of all ages will get the unique opportunity to examine real animal bones during these interactive programs. It is our hope that our programs will inspire participants and encourage them to develop an interest in the sciences.

All of SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology’s school aged programs meet current Oklahoma Academic Standards.

Programs are divided into age categories of Pre-K to K, 1st to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade, 6th to 8th grade, 9th to 12th grade, college, mixed age, adult, and adult/child groups.

SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology’s educational programs are hands-on. Class sizes are small to allow each student the opportunity to see and touch the bones and skulls used in the programs. Students will either work independently or in teams to analyze bones and skulls and are encouraged to participate in class discussions and share what they have discovered.

ON-SITE PROGRAMS:

Teachers and educators should schedule programs in advance through our website. Programs generally last between 30 minutes to one hour depending on age and topic. After the program students are encouraged to go into the museum and apply what they have learned.

Program Pricing

$1 per student with a $20 minimum per class (maximum of 25 students per class)*

*The Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls program has a $50 fee due to the materials and time necessary to complete this program. (Maximum of 16 students per class)

Program fee is in addition to admission, for groups over 20 please call or email about our group rate education@museumofosteology.org or (405) 14-0006

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What to expect when you arrive at the museum

When your group arrives at the museum we will provide a short introduction to the museum including information on the animals in our collection, where the animals come from, and how specimens are prepared. After the introduction your group will meet in our classroom for their program. If your class needs to be split into multiple groups we will rotate the groups between the classroom and the museum. We have scavenger hunts available for your students to complete while they are touring the museum. Please be prepared to have at least one adult sponsor or teacher in the classroom during your program.

OFF-SITE PROGRAMS:

If you are unable to bring your class to the museum, the museum can come to you. SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology’s outreach programs can be scheduled for 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday. Our museum educators will come to your school or other public institution to teach one of our many programs. Outreaches are all hands-on, and each program will include real bone specimens for students to examine. As with our on-site programs we believe in a small class size so all participants get the opportunity to handle the bones and skulls brought to the classroom. To request an outreach click HERE.

Program Pricing

$125 for the first program and each additional program at the same location and on the same day is $100 for locations within a 20 mile radius of the museum. (maximum of 30 students per program)

For locations outside the 20 mile radius, mileage will be charged at $0.50 per mile. Locations that are more than 1 hour from the museum will be available on a case by case basis, please contact us at education@museumofosteology.org.

MIXED AGE GROUPS

These programs are designed for parent/guardian and children groups as well as homeschool mixed age groups. Adult/Child programs are designed to encourage adults and their children to participate in group activities, learning and having fun together. The homeschool option is for groups who have children from a wide age range that do not fit into the grade breakdown for traditional schools. When scheduling a mixed age program please include the ages of children participating. Most programs last between 30 minutes to one hour and have a maximum of 25 participants.

BOY SCOUTS

SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology is now offering 2 new programs for  boy scouts. Completion of the classes will fulfil many of the badge requirements for the Boy Scout Archaeology Badge but you do not need to be in Boy Scouts to participate in these programs. Each session takes approximately 2 hours to complete and the fee of $225 includes admission to the museum for up to 25 participants, 2 adult sponsors and class materials. If you would like to complete both programs in one day the second program will be an additional $100.

ADULT

Are you an adult who would like to learn more about skulls and skeletons? Are you looking for a group activity that is both fun and educational? SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology is now offering adult programing for people who love to learn. Adult programs will generally last around one hour to an hour and a half hours and can be scheduled Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Maximum of 20 participants.

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Tale of the Tooth

Discover how to tell what an animal eats by looking at the shape of its teeth. Students will learn how to identify what animals eat through a story, and then get hands on time with skulls to use their knowledge to discover what different animals eat.

Move Like an Animal

All animals must move to survive but they do not all move in the same way. Students will learn how different animals move and how the bones of an animal's hands and feet can give us hints about these animals movement.

1st & 2nd Grade

To Tell the Tooth

Learn how to read a skull. Animals do not all eat the same thing and their teeth can give you clues about what an animal eats. After examining the skulls of carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores students will work in teams to identify what their mystery skull eats and then share their findings with the class.

Skeletons in Motion

To survive, all animals have adapted to different types of movement. Learn how different animals move and then identify these forms of locomotion by examining a set of mystery hand or foot bones.

3rd - 5th Grade

Tooth and Eye "Dentification"

"Eyes in front animal hunts, eyes on side animal hides." Skulls can tell us a lot, from what an animal eats to whether an animal is predator or prey. In this program students will learn how to read eye placement on a skull to identify predator and prey animals. They will also learn to read the teeth to identify skulls as carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.

Swim, Fly, or Run: Animal Locomotion

An animal's skeleton is shaped for the way the animal moves. Learn how to identify different forms of locomotion by looking at limb bones of a variety of animals. Then, use that knowledge to identify how a mystery specimen moves.

6th - 8th Grade

A "Mazing" Skulls

Raccoon, Opossum, or Coyote? Learn how to identify native Oklahoma animals by following a maze made up of choices between different features found on the mystery skulls. This class will teach students the important features of skulls and what these features tell us about the animal.

Animal CSI

Read the bones to discover the story written in them. Students will be introduced to the world of forensic science and learn how to identify pathologies (evidence of trauma and disease) found on a variety of animal bones.

9th - 12th Grade

Skeletal Pathologies

Analysis of an animal's bones can provide clues to the animal's life. Students will learn how to identify different abnormalities and how they would have impacted the animal in life and may have contributed to its death.

Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls

Learn how to conduct a forensic investigation on human skulls. Students will learn how to identify trauma and disease on human skulls and determine how this evidence is related to the life and death of the individual. This program uses replica human skulls cast from real skulls including examples from individuals killed by disease, suicide and homicide. (Due to the lab based nature of the program please allow for at least 1 hour to complete this program)

College

Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls

The skeleton can act as a record of the events in an individual's life. In this class students will learn how to identify features and pathologies on a human skull that can be used to help identify an individual and possibly be used to discover how the individual died. This program will teach the basics of sexing and aging human skulls as well as identification of trauma and disease present on the skull. This program uses replica human skulls cast from real skulls including examples from individuals killed by disease, suicide and homicide. (Due to the lab based nature of the program please allow for at least 1 hour to complete this program)

Skeletal Pathologies

The skeleton can act as the record of an animal's life. In this program students will learn to identify evidence of trauma and disease on animal bones. This class will provide hands on opportunity to students to see the effects of trauma and disease on bones first hand. Useful for both veterinary and human medical programs as animal skeletons often provide unique examples of the effects of disease and trauma on bone when left untreated.

Homeschool

Animal CSI

Read the bones to discover the story written in them. Students will be introduced to the world of forensic science and learn how to identify evidence of trauma and disease found on a variety of animal bones. Examples of traumas include cancer's effect on bone, bullet damage, and blunt force trauma. (This program is not recommended for our youngest participants, 9 years and older please)

Reading Skulls: Tooth and Eye

"Eyes in front animal hunts, eyes on side animal hides." Skulls can tell us a lot, from what an animal eats to whether an animal is predator or prey. In this program students will learn how to read eye placement and tooth shape to identify predator/prey and identify skulls as carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. Older student can be paired with younger ones to work together during the hands on portion of this program. This program is open to all school age children.

Mixed Ages

Boy Scouts and Groups

The Museum of Osteology is now offering 2 new programs for groups and boy scouts. Completion of the classes will fulfil many of the badge requirements for the Boy Scout Archaeology Badge but you do not need to be in Boy Scouts to participate in these programs. Each session takes approximately 2 hours to complete and the fee includes admission to the museum for up to 25 participants, 2 adult sponsors and class materials. If you would like to complete both programs in one day the second program will be an additional $100.

Adult/Child

Animal CSI

Read the bones to discover the story written in them. Students will be introduced to the world of forensic science and learn how to identify evidence of trauma and disease found on a variety of animal bones. Examples of traumas include cancer's effect on bone, bullet damage, and blunt force trauma. (This program is not recommended for our youngest participants, 9 years and older please)

Skull Tooth and Eye

Learn how to read an animal's skull. The shape of the teeth and location of the eyes can tell us a lot about an animal. After examining the skulls of meat eaters, plant eaters and animals that eat both participants will work in teams to identify what their mystery skulls eat and if it is predator or prey. This program is open to all school age children and their guardian(s).

Adult

Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls

The skeleton can act as a record of the events in an individual's life. In this class participants will learn how to identify features and pathologies on a human skull that can be used to help identify an individual and possibly be used to discover how the individual died. This program will teach the basics of determining if a skull is male or female as well as age at death. Participants will also learn to identify trauma and disease present on the skull. This program uses replica human skulls cast from individuals killed by disease, suicide and homicide.

Oklahoma Animal Skulls

Have you ever found bones or a skull in the woods and wondered what type of animal they came from? Learn how to identify some common Oklahoma animal skulls. This program will allow participants the chance handle real skulls and learn the basics of identification.