Discovery Museum Hours

WINTER SCHEDULE
TUESDAY-FRIDAY  Noon - 4:30PM
SATURDAY-Sunday 10am - 4:30pm
Closed on Mondays
PLANETARIUM SHOWs
ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS,
and Select Holidays

 
field trips available monday-FridaY
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Powerhouse Science Center

Sacramento Science Discovery Weekends

Science in Your Classroom

Grades 2-3

Bring live science programs into your classroom!

AN ANIMAL'S NICHE IN NATURE

A live reptile, mammal and bird from the Powerhouse collection will visit your classroom and ignite your students' interest in exploring ecology. The unique behavioral and physical adaptations of each animal are highlighted to demonstrate their ability to survive. Animal skulls are used to show the differences in teeth, while fur pelts show camouflage strategies. Adaptation to life in the ocean is demonstrated with a hawksbill sea turtle specimen. These and more high-quality, hands-on displays foster an understanding of each animal’s place in nature.

DINOSAURS II

We’ll set up a five-station dinosaur museum in your classroom using our large collection of specimens. Everything is hands-on. Your students hold models of large dinosaur eggs and raptor claws--including the recent addition of what is possibly the largest claw from a Therizinosaurus. Students handle actual stones from the belly of a dinosaur, amber with embedded insects, imprints, and a coprolite! Learn about carnivorous and herbivore dinosaurs--using real fossils. Tyrannosaurus Rex models are presented including a baby t-rex skull, claw and tooth.

INCREDIBLE INSECTS II

Mimicry and camouflage are highlighted with a live walking stick, preserved owl-eye butterflies, and the giant, eight-inch Atlas moth. Take a glimpse into the work of an entomologist by studying a working case. Life cycles of moths, bees, and grasshoppers are revealed through detailed displays. During the independent exploration time students enjoy touching the hissing cockroach and feeling paper made by a wasp.

AMAZING ROCKS II

We make rocks exciting for your students! Teachers and students alike are amazed at the large number and size of the specimens that we bring to the classroom. A staff science educator leads a discussion on sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. Then students circulate among four themed stations; touching, smelling, comparing, and learning about rocks and crystals while they handle them.


Fees are $200 for a single program. We offer a discount if the same topic is offered to more than one class at the same location and day--$300 for two sessions or $350 for three. There is a travel fee of $0.56 per mile for the round trip travel.

Science in Your Classroom outreach programs are 45 or 60 minutes in length depending on grade level. Programs take place in your classroom. One class is allowed per presentation. Classes may not be combined and additional students cannot join presentations.