for grades: 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7


This program is science exploration at its best!  Your program begins with an interactive presentation about clues that living things have left behind from millions of years ago.  Students will learn how scientists read the stories in the rocks … genuine fossils of sea life and dinosaurs will highlight the discussion.  Next, we will head to our dinosaur excavation site with trowel, brush and ruler in hand!  Teams of students become paleontologists in this authentic science experience as they excavate a full size replica of a dinosaur skeleton.  Data is collected by each team and recorded on a large grid.  Based on the completed data grid, they look for answers to how the dinosaur moved, what it ate and what it might have looked like, to figure out the species.

* NOTE:  When presented in your classroom, instead of the excavation we introduce your students to two live descendants of those extinct giants, utilizing the Museum's live animal collection!

Concepts presented in this program include:

  • Paleontology
  • Fossil formation: mold-and-cast, impression and permineralization
  • Measurement and scale drawing

as a field trip

Program Length:  90 minutes

  • 45 minute presentation
  • 35 minute dinosaur excavation
  • 10 minute summary and clean-up
  • Gift shop available upon request
  • Picnic area available upon request

Program Cost: $150 for up to 25 students & 5 parent chaperones. Staff is free. Additional students are $7 each

20% discount on the program fee for program(s) scheduled between Dec. 18th-March 16th.

Location:  Outdoor Discovery Center

(120 Muser Dr. Cornwall, NY 12518)

in the classroom

Program Length: 45 minutes

Program Cost: $175, plus travel fee, for first program. $125 for each additional program on the same day

20% discount on the program fee for program(s) scheduled between Dec. 18th-March 16th.