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Educational and Public Outreach Programs

The easiest way to teach little kids about science is to use dinosaurs. Using dinosaurs you can teach the concepts of astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, climatology and scientific methodology - and kids will come back asking for more"

Dr. John Horner, Curator of Paleontology - Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University

Types of Educational Opportunities

General Public Interpretation

Membership Benefits:

Community Activities

Establish a Science Center Guild - A volunteer auxiliary organization for the Science Center.  Members of the Guild could serve as tour guides, staff the gift shop, raise funds for the museum, and host special events. Membership would be open to anyone interested in supporting the Science Center.  Meetings would be free and open to the public.  

K-12 Collaboration

Coconino Community College Collaboration

An Example Career Track
The Denver Museum of Natural History's Certification Program in Paleontology covers everything from collecting and cataloging your own collection to working with museum specimens. Classes take place at the museum, but the program includes field trips to research sites in Utah, Colorado, or Wyoming.

The program's six courses meet four to five times for two to three hours each. Every course combines lectures, lab work, and field trips. Subjects include the rules and regulations of fossil collecting, research methods, report writing, and the history of life as revealed through the fossil record. The program is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge of both paleontological theories and techniques. In addition, two specialized tracks focus on either field work or laboratory methods. The former entails four class sessions, two one-day field trips, and six days on a museum project; the latter requires eight lab sessions. Courses like "Paleontology of the Western Interior" and "Curation of Fossils" are also offered; all courses are taught by the museum's curators and staff.

Educational Links

Utah Geologic Society Teaching Aids – Dinosaur Paleontology – Geology 212 – History of Dinosaur collecting – Compete Dinosaur primer including nomenclature – Pterosaur pronunciation guide