Programs and Exhibits

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PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITS

 

Become a Fossil Detective, explore a historic fossil excavation, or meet a snarling sabertooth! Our guided programs, performances, and exhibits offer students the unique opportunity to interact with our amazing Museum educators and learn the inside story of the Tar Pits.

GUIDED PROGRAMS
 

Guided Programs happen October through February. They're free, but require an add-on reservation to your field trip.

GRADES PRE-K - 1


Windows into Nature | 20 - 30 minutes
In this interactive storytelling program, students learn about the lives of Ice Age animals: their families, their habitats, and how they survived. Then, students will visit the animal from the story in one of the Museum's exhibits to discover what fossils can teach us about these incredible creatures!

GRADES 2 - 5


Fossil Detectives | 30 - 45 minutes
Investigate the lives of Ice Age animals by looking at the clues they left behind -- their fossils! Like a paleontologist, share and discuss observations as a group and consider what ancient animals used to be like when they roamed Los Angeles. Record ideas and questions to take back to the classroom for further research and investigation.

GRADES 6 - 12


Discovery Tour | 30 - 45 minutes
Join a Museum educator on a tour inside the Museum or out at the Tar Pits. We'll introduce your students to our world-class collection and our one of a kind excavation sites to discuss everything from geology to evolution.

Small Survivors: Ice Age Invertebrates | 45 - 60 minutes
Why did some species survive the Ice Age and others did not? This outdoor program focuses on invertebrates to explore the relationship between entrapment, ecology, and extinction. Students will net and identify insects in our Pleistocene Garden to learn how these Ice Age survivors have adapted to a changing world.

PERFORMANCES & SHOWS

ALL GRADES

Titans of the Ice Age is a 2D version of our 3D film, offered exclusively for school groups Monday through Thursday, September through May. Titans of the Ice Age requires a free reservation March - May.  

Titans of the Ice Age | Monday - Thursday | 30 minutes
This film experience will transport you to a world lost in time and ruled by giants. You'll encounter some of the Earth's most awe-inspiring mammals, from saber-toothed cats and dire wolves to giant sloths and iconic mammoths that lived 5,000 years before modern civilization. See how these magnificent creatures became trapped in tar, preserved in time, and are being unearthed today.  

GRADES 2 - 6

Ice Age Encounters is offered on Fridays, September through May. Tickets are free, but require an add-on reservation to your field trip.

Ice Age Encounters | Fridays only | 15 minutes
Experience a multimedia performance where we dig into the past to uncover the mysteries of the extinct creatures who roamed Ice Age Los Angeles. This dynamic show features a life-size saber-toothed cat puppet, a live performance and film projections that bring the distant past to life.

EXHIBITS

The Observation Pit is available March through May; it's free, but requires an add on reservation to your field trip.

ALL GRADES


Observation Pit | 30 minutes | Self-guided
Explore a historic La Brea Excavation Pit, complete with real fossils still buried in asphalt! Housed in a newly rennovated mid-century building, the Observation Pit will connect students of all grades to the past, present, and future of paleontology in Los Angeles.

 

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Contact the School Programs Team

323.857.6300 x 111
schoolprograms@tarpits.org