Fully-Guided Field Trips That Meet Connecticut Science Standards
Visit Dinosaur State Park where your students can explore a museum and enjoy the outdoors in one field trip while meeting the requirements of the new Connecticut State Science Standards. The Park features nearly 600 Early Jurassic dinosaur footprints preserved in place inside the museum, along with 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 an interactive PowerPoint presentation, followed by a guided tour of the trackway and a student-centered 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. Science Standards 3-LS4, 3-LS2
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. Science Standards ESS1, ESS2
Grades 6- 8 Life Through Time - -We look at 4.6 billion years of the Earth’s history focusing on changes in climate and species over time. The role of mass extinctions in changing the dominant life forms will be discussed. Students will use cladograms to examine the relationships between different groups of animals. Science Standards – MS-LS4-a, MS-LS4-c, MS-LS4-b
Grades 6- 8 Connecticut Landforms - -The Connecticut landscape around us 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 around the state. Science Standard MS-ESS1-g, MS-ESS2-d, MS-ESS2-o, MS-ESS2-e, MS-ESS3-f
Grades 9- 12 Evolution - Find out how the dinosaur footprints in Connecticut relate to the larger story of evolution through time. We will use birds from their dinosaur ancestors as a case study for evolution. Choose from a timeline activity examining key evolutionary events or a fossil-dating activity. Science Standard HS-LS4-e, HS-LS4-f
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. Science Standards HS-ESS1, HS-ESS2
Programs are $3 per student for ages 6 to 12, and $7 per student for ages 13 and up. Adults are $6 each.The minimum group fee for a guided program (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.