School Visits - Grades K–12

Our programs utilize our unique collection of fossils, rocks and minerals, animal specimens, and interactive activities to supplement classroom lessons. Programs are designed to encourage scientific inquiry, and engage students in the natural world.

Fall 2020 -- We are currently working on programing for distance learning.  Check back soon for more details or send us an email at if you have a specific request.

School Visit Request Form

Virtual Visits -- 1st -4th Grade

Our HSU Education Interns have worked with museum staff to convert two of our popular museum visit programs into virtual visits during the pandemic.  We have a program for 1st-2nd grade students and one for 3rd-4th grade students.  These programs will include a 35-45 minute interactive Zoom session with your class (students can be together or distance learning) as well as additional activities for teachers to do with students before or after the virtual visit.  Each program is NGSS aligned.  For more information or to arrange a virtual visit to your class, email us at with Virtual Visit in the subject of the email. 

Open Wide - Look Inside (1st-2nd)

Students learn the difference between carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores by looking at their teeth!  During this session, students will look at skulls to learn the difference between a fox, a coyote, a raccoon, and much more!

Mammals Today & Yesterday (3rd-4th)

Using observed similar traits, students will also match living mammals to those that lived in the past and learn how paleontologists use fossil remains to do the same.

The activities below are currently on hold due to COVID-19



Regular School Visit 

School visits take place at the museum and can accommodate up to 30 students at one time with at least two accompanying adults. Please schedule your visit a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. Requests for visits are filled on a first-come first-serve basis. The best times to schedule are Tues. - Fri. from 9:00 a.m. to 2pm. Cost is $2 per student for 15 or more students - chaperones are free.

Fill out the online request form or call 707-826-4479.

Self-lead School Visit

We ask that you give us a minimum of one week notice, a first choice and a second choice date and time, the age and number of students in your groups, etc.

Fill out the online request form or call 707-826-4479. 


Your field trip might qualify for funding. Contact the Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF) for more information.

If you can't make a trip to the museum, we have Teaching Boxes and Engineering for Elementary School curriculum binders available for checkout.

These can be checked out for free for a maximum of two weeks.

Here is a PDF of the items we have available for you to check out.

We also invite you to explore our online exhibits found on the EXHIBITS link.

School Visit Programs by Grade


A scientific drawing of four finches with different evolutionary beak adaptations

One Leg, Two Wings, No Tail

Hands on activities and museum exhibits are used to compare animal structures (i.e. legs, wings, tails), and teach students about adaptation and different ecosystems.

NGSS: K-LS1, 1-LS1 (1-LS1.A and 1-LS1.D); EEI (K.3.a)

First Grade

A photo of a cat skull

All the Better to Eat With

The museum’s collection of real animal skulls is used to relate different types of teeth to an animal’s diet.

NGSS: 1-LS1 (1-LS1.A); EEI (1.2.d)

Second Grade

Nine different minerals arranged on a white background

Minerals Matter

Learn to classify minerals through observation of physical properties and by performing tests.

NGSS: 2-PS1 (2-PS1.A and 2-PS1.B); EEI (2.3.a and 2.3.b)

Third Grade

A photo of a bovine skull with a beige background

Mammals Today and Yesterday

Matching games utilize mammal fossils to compare modern day mammals and to explore animal classes, extinction, and adaptation.

NGSS: 3-LS4 (3-LS4.A); EEI (3.3b and 3.3c)

Fourth Grade

Photo of an assortment of different types of rocks

Rocking Detective

The three different rock groups are explored including how the rocks are created, by sorting them into groups using classification guides.

NGSS: 4-ESS1 and 2 (4-ESS1.C and 4-ESS2.B); EEI (2.3a and 2.3b)

Fifth Grade

Photo of a trail into a redwood forest.

Connections of the Redwood Forest

Discover the flow of energy in a living system between biotic and abiotic factors that come together to create one of the most unique ecosystems on Earth.

NGSS: 5-LS1 and 2 (5-LS1.C and 5-LS2.A), 5-PS3 (5-PS3.D); EEI (4.2b)

Sixth Grade

Close up photo of a fault line

What’s Shaking

Investigate plate tectonics and the resulting earthquakes by learning about some of our local geology including various faults, plate boundaries, and the accompanied hazards such as volcanoes.

NGSS: MS-EES1 and 2 (MS- ESS1.C and MS-ESS2.B)

7-12 Grade

We also have a number of options for 7-12th grade and beyond and are also happy to work with teachers to build a content specific program. Contact the museum to discuss details.

Self-Lead Programs

Photo of a magnifying glass and a pen atop a textbook. A globe is in the background

You can always come to the museum and do a self-lead visit with no formal program. Please allow 1-2 weeks notice. We are closed Mondays. COST $2 per student. Call 707-826-4479