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New for the 2017-2018 School Year

The Kenosha Public Museum has restructured its Field Trip offerings for the 2017-2018 school year. These exciting new programs with expanded themes, activities, and age group offerings will greatly enhance your students’ visit to the Museum.

Field Trips now include an hour long, Museum-led Learning Lab and up to two 30-minute Museum Experiences to make up your visit. The best part is that you get to choose which Learning Lab and Museum Experiences best fit your students. Even better, they are the same price as past offerings, $5 per student and $3 per KUSD student.

To register for a field trip, you may use our School Group Reservation Request form. You may also like to take a look at our School Group FAQs.

 

What are Learning Labs?

Learning labs are one hour, focused field trip activities that take place in both the Kenosha Public Museum exhibits and classrooms. All of the Learning Labs focus on problem-based learning and help develop critical thinking skills, covering topics in natural science and social studies. Every program aligns to Wisconsin, Illinois, Common Core, and National Academic Standards. Each teacher will pick one Learning Lab, which lasts approximately an hour.

Theme: Midwest Ecosystems
PreK-1st – Woods, Ponds and Dunes | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
2nd-4th – Animal Adaptations | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
5th-8th – Skull Lab | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials

Theme: Fossils
PreK-1st – Fantastic Fossils | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
2nd-4th – Evolution Revolution | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
5th-8th – Jurassic Mystery | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials

Theme: American Indians of Wisconsin and Northern Illinois
PreK-1st – Kwétkemek (Potawatomi for of all the land on the earth) | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
2nd-4th – Anishinaabe | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
3rd-6th – CSI: Mammoth | Description and Learning Standards Alignment | Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
5th-8th – 11 Nations of Wisconsin (coming soon)

Theme: Environmental Science (coming soon)
PreK-1st – The Power of the Sun
2nd-8th – Wind Power
2nd-8th – Water Detectives

 

What are Museum Experiences?

These experiences last 20-30 minutes and take place in different locations around the Museum. These are excellent additions to any Learning Lab to round out your group’s Museum visit. Remember, two Museum Experiences are included with every Learning Lab. For additional prices and information, visit our School Group FAQs or click on the Museum Experience title.

Art + Science: The Nature Behind the Art
Be a Curator
Class Discovery
Field Station Fun
Native Stories
Owl Pellet Dissection (note: this experience has a $2 per student supply fee)
Rocks and Minerals
Scientific Illustration
Thinking Art
World Games

 

Here are field trip grants and subsidy options.

A map of the Kenosha Public Museum is here.

If you have questions, contact the group tour coordinator at 262-653-4433 or email thaase@kenosha.org.

 

Educational Loan Resources

The Kenosha Public Museums’ Educational Loan Collection has over 700 videos, DVDs, posters, maps, art reproductions, specimens, and Discovery Boxes with hands-on objects.

These items may be checked out by educators, scout leaders, and home-schoolers for two weeks at no cost. A catalog of loan resources and details on borrowing procedures is here.