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ETSU Natural History Museum/Gray Fossil Site
1212 Suncrest Drive
Gray, TN 37615
Phone: (423) 439-3642
May 18, 2013
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Partner Page: ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site
Children have an opportunity to learn about science, visit exhibits, have fun completing hands-on activities, and earn a souvenir patch at the East Tennessee State University & General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site.
“Hatching the Past” Patch Programs coincide with the Museum’s temporary exhibit about dinosaur eggs and babies. The programs include activities that allow little scientists to explore exhibit concepts through unique experiments and experiences. Any child can attend a Patch Program. All activities are based on age group. Programs will be held on May 18th at 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (1st-3rd grade) and 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (4th-5th grade).
“The ‘Hatching the Past’ Patch Programs are a great way to introduce children to the environment in which dinosaurs lived, the way they defended themselves, and the way they cared for their young,” said Sarah Mullersman, education coordinator at the museum. “We also introduce children to the field of paleontology and learn about fossils. While these programs are very educational, they are also a lot of fun.”
Patch Programs are $15 and include all activity materials, museum admission, and a keepsake patch.
All age groups will tour the temporary exhibit with a Patch Program instructor.
Grades 1-3 will participate in “Fossil Formation Games.” Because baby dinosaurs inside of the eggs are rare, kids will play a game to find out why only some ancient animals were preserved as fossils. They will also have fun doing the “Egg Smash Experiment.” Scientists know some dinosaurs sat over their eggs- but how did the eggs stand the weight? Attendees will test the strength of chicken eggs to find out how much weight they can take!
Grades 4 and 5 will learn about the famous dinosaur nest sites found in the Western U.S. and find out what can be inferred about dinosaur behavior from the bones and shells alone in “Egg Nest.” Grades 4 and 5 will also participate in the “Egg Smash Experiment.”
The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call (866) 202-6223.
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