U of M Natural History Museum – Learn It, Do It Days

On Learn it! Do it! Days, museum educators staff hands-on stations around the Museum. Students explore these stations in small groups, participate in hands-on activities, experiments, and presentations, and keep some of the products they create.

Butterfly Festival
Grades K-3
May 16 & 17, 2013

Watch live Monarchs and see how they pass through each stage of the lifecycle. Look closely at butterfly and moth wings. Metamorphose when you make wings of your own and discover how moths and butterflies protect themselves from predators.

Michigan Wildlife
Grades K-3
February 15, 2013

Explore the diversity of wildlife right in our own backyards! Handle skeletons and skins, build a food chain, investigate adaptations and predator-prey relationships, and discover what’s special about our Michigan critters!

Geology Rocks
Grades 2-6 • $7
March 15, 2013

Learn the difference between rocks and minerals by examining them with stereoscopes. Find out what minerals are hiding in everyday household objects. Learn how earthquakes happen and touch a two-billion year old rock! Students will leave with the start of a rock collection, including one each of the three major kinds of rocks.

Water, Water Everywhere!
Grades 2-7 • $7
May 10, 2013

Explore the hydrosphere, the properties that make water special, the water cycle and watersheds, and why pollution matters. Look at pond water under a microscope, test water quality, build your own water cycle terrarium and watch the water cycle in action. • Add a 45 minute planetarium show, Oasis in Space, $2/person –special price with Water, Water Everywhere!

Environmental Stewardship in a Changing World
Grades 6-12 • $7
April 12, 2013

Explore real environmental issues and policy solutions on small and large scales. Activities, experiments, and presentations explore research on climate change, sustainable energy and food production, product life cycles, and invasive species. Leave with information and simple projects and solutions that you can implement. • Add a 45-minute tour of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment’s building, renovated to green standards and located less than a block away, $2/person.

World History Through Archaeology
Grades 6-12 • $7 • 9 am – 1 pm
March 22, 2013

Join archaeologists from the Museum of Anthropology and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology to learn about prehistoric and ancient cultures. Learn the differences between Neanderthal and Neolithic tools. Discover how we know what ancient people ate, when agriculture began, and even what games people played. Explore ancient writing systems and Egyptian artifacts. • Add a 45-minute planetarium show, Stars of the Pharaohs, $2/person — special price with World History Through Archaeology.

Have a large group and need a different date?
Book your own Learn it! Do it! Day! Not all topics are available for private dates; call for details and availability.

For more information or reservations, please call 734-764-0478.

U of M Natural History Museum
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079