Educational Programs Meet Connecticut Core Science Standards
Visit Dinosaur State Park where your students can explore a museum and enjoy the outdoors in one field trip. Our educational programs, while meeting Connecticut Core Science Standards. The Park features more than 500 Early Jurassic dinosaur footprints preserved in place inside the museum, alongside interactive exhibits highlighting dinosaurs, evolution, and Connecticut geology. Throughout the school year, the Park has guided programs for grades 1 through high school. Each visit will begin with a slide presentation, followed by a guided tour of the trackway and a participatory activity with the following themes:.
Grades 1- 5 Fun with Fossils - Travel back in time to discover what Connecticut was like at the time of the dinosaurs, and what we can learn about dinosaurs from their footprints and other fossils. Students will examine a variety of fossils and dinosaur models to find out what made dinosaurs unique. Core Science Standards 1.2, 3.2, 4.2, 4.3
Grades 3- 5 Rocks and Minerals Around Us- The rocks and minerals around us tell a story of dramatic changes in Connecticut over hundreds of millions of years. We still use many of these materials in our lives today. Students will examine samples of rocks and minerals from around Connecticut, explore their distinctive properties, and discuss ways we use these materials. Core Science Standards 3.1, 3.3, 4.3
Grades 6- 8 Connecticut Landforms - The Connecticut landscape around us today was shaped over hundreds of millions of years by colliding continents, erupting lava, flowing water, and massive ice sheets. Students will learn how these forces interacted by examining the shape of the land surface and samples of bedrock from key locations around the state. Core Science Standard 7.3
Grades 9- 12 Evolution - Find out how the dinosaur footprints in Connecticut relate to the larger story of evolution through time, beginning with Earth's earliest lifeforms and leading to the rise of the mammals in the Cenozoic. Choose from a timeline activity examining key evolutionary events, or a fossil-dating activity. Core Science Standard 10.5
Grades 9- 12 Earth Systems - The dinosaur footprints and rocks found in Connecticut provide evidence for the cycling of matter and energy through the Earth system. Students will examine rock samples from Connecticut and piece together the exciting story of moving plates and changing environments that made Connecticut what it is today. Core Science Standards 9.1, 9.4, 9.5, 9.7, and 9.8
Programs are $3 per student for ages 6 to 12, and $7 per student for ages 13 and up. The minimum group fee for a guided program (approximately 1½ hours in length) is $50. Minimum group size is 10; maximum group is 60. Call for options for larger groups.
To learn more, or to schedule a field trip, contact the Park Office at (860) 529-5816 or by email: email@example.com.