School Group Programs and Workshops

MNA offers special tours, workshops, and programs for student groups. Use the program matrix below to select the program that best suits your needs. For teachers, curriculum guides are offered for several programs.

School Programs and Workshops Matrix

Programs and workshops

Grade
Levels

Group Size

Time
Required

Curriculum Guide?

Take
Home
Craft?

Goat in the Rug Puppet Show - The story of a Navajo weaver and her pet goat which teaches children about the process of traditional rug-making.

PreK-3

15

1 hr.

Y [pdf, 135 kb]

Y

Dinosaurs - Children will learn about the environments and animals that existed during the Mesosoic Era on the Colorado Plateau. Dinosaur bones, models, footprint casts and illustrations help bring the subject to life.

PreK-3

15

1 hr.

Y [pdf, 93 kb]

Y

Colorado Plateau Cultures - A comparative look at the traditional and contemporary lives of the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and Havasupai cultures. Students may play Hopi games, grind corn, or card and spin wool among other traditional hands-on opportunities.

4-12

15

1 hr.

Hunter's Kit (Archaeology) - Visitors learn of the earliest Southwest inhabitants by studying their food sources, basketry, pottery and architecture. Students examine objects found in a bag typically carried by hunters of the period.

3-8

15

1 hr.

Y [pdf, 96 kb]

Grand Canyon Geology Program - Working in small groups, students examine rocks and fossils from rock layers in the Grand Canyon and identify them based on information provided. They also use clues in the Museum’s Geology Gallery to help them deduce the environment of deposition of the different layers.

4-8

15

1 hr.

Y [pdf, 102 kb]

Museum Highlights Tour - This tour takes the students through the Museum while docents point out the key concepts portrayed in each gallery including geology, archaeology, ethnology, and Southwestern art, jewelry, and pottery.

7-12

15

1 hr.

Prehistoric Foods - Children work with Museum docents to prepare foods made of corn, squash, native grains, etc. Students learn about life styles, available food sources, cooking methods and technology used during different periods and discuss the nutritional value of prehistoric food compared to modern foods.

4-6

30 max.

3 hrs

Prehistoric Pottery Workshop - Students learn the importance of pottery in prehistoric native cultures. Traditional techniques of pottery-making and decoration are demonstrated, and students are able to create their own prehistoric-style ceramic pot.

4-8

30 max.

1.5-2 hrs.

Y [pdf, 82 kb]

Y

Owl Pellets - Through the dissection of owl pellets (regurgitated masses of bone, teeth, hair and feathers), students learn about the eating habits of birds of prey, the food chain, food webs and interdependence. Students work in pairs to uncover the skeletal remains of mice, voles and shrews that have been ingested by barn owls.

4-8

30 max.

Approx. 1 hr.

Y [pdf, 88 kb]

Y

Rock Art - Through discussion and hands-on activities, students learn about the techniques for making petroglyphs and pictographs. Possible meanings and cultural implications are covered as well as archaeological site etiquette.

4-6

30 max.

1.5-2 hrs.

Y [pdf, 100 kb]

Prehistoric Technologies - Prehistoric peoples used native fibers to make cordage as fine as thread or as thick as rope. Using animal or plant fibers, students will learn ancient techniques to create cordage by hand. They will learn how to use an ancient-style pump drill to make a piece of jewelry out of clay.

4-8

30 max.

1.5-2 hrs.

Y

Tour of an ongoing special exhibit (varies) - A docent-led tour of MNA's temporary art or science exhibits.

7-12

15

1 hr.

Tour of the Easton Collection Center - students go behind the scenes in the museum collections to learn about conservation, care and storage of artifacts and objects in the MNA collections.

11-12

12

1 hr.

* Cost does not include additional adults at $4.00 each, beyond 1 adult chaperone for every six students

Group sizes vary with program/workshop offered. For optimum educational experience we use a ratio of one docent per 15 students. For larger groups we will divide into multiple simultaneous programs.