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Dinosaurs and Birds - The Link Between Them

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Dinosaur Discovery Museum School Group Information

The curator shares fossils with an enthusiastic group of students.The Dinosaur Discovery Museum features the nation’s largest display of meat-eating theropod dinosaurs and focuses on the evolution of theropods into modern birds.

The Museum is also home to the Carthage Institute of Paleontology located on the lower level of the building. The Institute collects and studies dinosaur specimens which are stored at the Museum and displayed for visitors.

The Dinosaur Discovery Museum offers the following school group programs and tours:


Identifying Dinosaurs | Audience: Pre-K-2nd Grade | Duration: 60 minutes | More Details

Traveling back to the Mesozoic Period, there’s a lot of interesting and exciting animals to see and talk about—but not all of them are dinosaurs! Explore with your class what dinosaurs actually are and compare them with other prehistoric reptiles. This Learning Lab includes time in the Little Clint exhibit dig site.


Life of a Paleontologist | Audience: 2nd-5th Grades | Duration: 60 minutes | More Details

Sure, you may have heard the word before, but what is a paleontologist and what exactly do they do? Discover more about this field of science, the tools that are used by them, and where they work. Students will learn through hands-on activities with actual fossil specimens and paleontology tools. This Learning Lab includes time in the Little Clint exhibit dig site, but does not include a guided tour through the main gallery of the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. Additional time in the main gallery may be scheduled at the time of booking.

Dinosaur Discovery Museum Highlight Tour | Audience: All Grade Levels | Duration: 60 minutes

Museum staff and volunteers escort your group on a guided tour through the Dinosaur Discovery Museum’s exhibit galleries. The tour also includes a discussion of the Carthage Institute of Paleontology on the lower level of the Museum. Students of all ages will find out what dinosaurs were, when they lived, and how paleontologists know they existed. Learn about the fascinating meat-eating dinosaurs, the theropods, and how they evolved over time to become avian dinosaurs, otherwise known as birds. The tour is adapted to the group’s age level and includes an age-appropriate activity.



“They kept the girls engaged with questions and suppositions and surprised us all sometimes with actual facts. Even the adults learned something.”

“We got to touch dino poop! Ewww!”


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Field Trip Grants and Subsidy Options

If you have questions, please contact the education services coordinator at 262-653-4424 or email