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Want to take a field trip to the HSU Natural History Museum?

Formal Educational Programs are now available for grades K-6! We require at least a two week advanced notice. Programs are designed for a single class of 30 students and are 75 minutes in length. COST $2 per student. We have the most availability for programs Wed. - Fri. before noon. Please email Hanna Nielsen to request your program at We look forward to serving you!


Kindergarten: One Leg, Two Wings, No Tail
Hands on activities and museum exhibits are used to compare animal structures (i.e. legs, wings, tails).
NGSS: K-LS1, 1-LS1 (1-LS1.A and 1-LS1.D); EEI (K.3.a)

Grade 1: All the Better to Eat With
The museum’s collection of real animal skulls is used to relate different types of teeth to an animal’s diet.
NGSS: 1-LS1 (1-LS1.A); EEI (1.2.d)

Grade 2: Minerals Matter
Learn to classify minerals through observation of physical properties and by performing tests.
NGSS: 2-PS1 (2-PS1.A and 2-PS1.B); EEI (2.3.a and 2.3.b)

Grade 3: Mammals Today and Yesterday
Comparison matching games utilize various mammal fossils to compare with modern day mammals.
NGSS:  3-LS4 (3-LS4.A); EEI (3.3b and 3.3c)

Grade 4: Rocking Detective
The three different rock groups are explored including how the rocks are created and by sorting them into groups using classification guides.
NGSS: 4-ESS1 and 2 (4-ESS1.C and 4-ESS2.B); EEI (2.3a and 2.3b)

Grade 5: Connections of the Redwood Forest
Discover the flow of energy in a living system between biotic and abiotic factors that come together to create one of the most unique ecosystems on Earth. NGSS:  5-LS1 and 2 (5-LS1.C  and 5-LS2.A), 5-PS3  (5-PS3.D); EEI (4.2b)

Grade 6: What’s Shaking
Investigate plate tectonics and the resulting earthquakes and volcanoes by learning about some of our local geology including various faults, subduction zones, and spreading centers.
NGSS:  MS-EES1 and 2 (MS- ESS1.C and MS-ESS2.B)


*Our programs are aligned to the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and connect to curriculum from the Education and Environmnet Initiative (EEI).

SCHOLARHIPS: We have funding through Humboldt Sponsors that will enable us to give fee waivers to under served students throughout our area. Normal fee is $2 per student when signing up for a formal educational program.

TRANSPORTATION: Your field trip might qualify for funding. Contact the Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF) for more information.

To print out a Program Fee Waiver application click here!


Informal or Self-Lead Programs: You can always come to the museum and do a self-lead visit with no formal program. Please allow 1-2 weeks notice. We are closed Mondays. COST $2 per student. Call 707-826-4479

If you can't make a trip here we currently have teaching boxes and Engineering for Elementary School curriculum available for checkout. These can be checked out for free for a maximum of two weeks. We also invite you to explore our virtual exhibits found on the "EXHIBITS" link!

Below are resources for educators to use with their classrooms before, during, or after a self-lead visit to the NHM.

Information on the Walk Around the Block Activity (click here)

Around the Block - A Walk Though Time activity (click here)

Block map (click here)

Visit the Exhibits page for more downloadable resources 

Redwood Resources

Geologic Time Resources

Any suggestions for additional resources? Send them to the webmaster


Museum Scavenger Hunt for visits (coming soon)