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 Natural History Museum Brings Nature to Classrooms

‚ÄčThe San Diego Natural History Museum is currently offering several educational programs for teachers and students throughout San Diego County. The programs are part of the "Life Long Learning Matrix" correlated to California Content Standards.

The museum offers students several ways to explore its offerings and enjoy an engaging and educational experience. Teachers may bring students to participate in self-guided visits, enjoy giant-screen films, and take part in workshops and in-gallery classes.

"Museums are a wonderful source of education that inspire learners of all ages," said Jim Stone, Deputy Director of Public Programs, at San Diego Natural History Museum. "The Natural History Museum offers excellent programs that interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits. It's a great place for teachers to take advantage of to help them in their classrooms. "

One of the programs includes a Nature to You loan program that enables teachers to bring museum resources and materials to their classroom. As museum members, teachers can borrow specimens to enrich their classroom experience and expose students to new ways of learning. Teachers have unlimited access to the program's collection of more than 1,100 specimens that represent the biologic and geologic diversity of the southwestern United States, Baja California and the world.

Teacher's Resource Guides are available online and created for each exhibition. They include pre- and post-visit activities, as well as exhibition background and glossaries correlated with the California Content Standards.

The museum also offers several other programs that enable teachers to have museum instructors or volunteers come to the classroom and perform demonstrations, discussions and hands-on activities with their students.

The San Diego Natural History Museum offers more than 30 different programs to engage and inspire students, enhance learning, and enrich curriculum. Current museum exhibitions include Fossil Mysteries, Dinosaurs: Reel & Robotic, Visions of the Natural World through the Lens of the Masters, Earth, Wind & Wildfire and Desert and Sea: Visions of Baja California.