The Museum of the Earth classroom programs and tours range from thirty minutes to one hour in length. We will work to accommodate any class size, but hands-on presentations and tours are most effective for groups of 25 or fewer.

Museum of the Earth Tours (ideal for all ages)

How has life changed over time? How has the geologic past influenced the current landscape of central New York? Museum tours will lead you on a journey through time, highlighting key concepts in the Museum and some of the most spectacular specimens in the exhibits. Subject-specific tours can also be arranged to help meet special interests and key curriculum standards.

Dinosaur Explorers (ideal for preschool and kindergarten)

This program for our youngest dinosaur enthusiasts explores the world of dinosaurs through fossils, games, songs, and role-playing. Students will become paleontologists and learn about their favorite prehistoric friends in a fun and engaging way! This 30 minute program includes both hands-on exploration in our education classroom and guided discovery in the exhibits.

Dinosaur Science (ideal for 1st–3rd grade)

Have you ever touched a real dinosaur bone? What are the differences between T. rex and Velociraptor claws? Discover the clues scientists use to reconstruct dinosaurs and other ancient animals! Students learn to separate fact from fantasy and the principles of the scientific process by examining fossils of the largest animals ever to live on land.

Ancient Seas Over New York (ideal for 4th grade–7th grade)

Why do we find fossil shells and wave ripples in the rocks of Upstate New York? Why is Syracuse called the "Salt City?" By examining local rocks and fossils students will be able to virtually swim in ancient seas and walk along shores of the past. Creating a geologic time scale puts events in Earth history into perspective.

Botany Through the Ages (Ideal for 4th - 8th grade)

How did plants change and evolve throughout history and what kind of influences did they have on animal evolution? What are the contributions of plants in the development of today's earth? Students will develop a better appreciation of plants as they discover how important plants are to their existence. At self-guided stations, students will be able to touch and compare ancient fossils with modern plants, enabling them to learn the important steps and changes plants have undergone to become the diverse life forms they are today. Students will share their knowledge with others as they develop a botanical timeline. (Note: this program is a 45 minute class)

Ice Age Life (Ideal for 8th - 12th grade)

What can fossils of Ice Age elephants tell us about environments 12,000 years ago in New York? How were regional lakes and gorges formed and what do they have to do with glaciers? By touching mastodon teeth, viewing images of recent excavations, and examining colorful pebbles, students will explore a period of New York history shaped by climate change. Creating a geologic time scale puts events in Earth history into perspective.

New York State Geologic History for Earth Science Students

What types of rocks are found in our region? What do they have to do with Ice Ages and Ancient Seas? Drawing on PRI’s spectacular rock and fossil collection as well as the New York State Earth Science Reference Tables, this program for 8th and 9th grade Earth science students brings the geologic history of our region to life.

The Field Experience (ideal for all ages)

Do you want to head to the ocean? Participants take a field trip to rocks in central New York that were deposited at the bottom of an ocean hundreds of millions of years ago. Finding and identifying fossils or exploring the local gorges allows students to experience geology first hand.