Educational Resources

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Wyoming, USA
© The Field Museum
I Dig Tanzania
© The Field Museum
Evolving Planet Guide
© The Field Museum, GN91064_037d, J. Weinstein
Making Fossil Casts
© The Field Museum, WB9c, W. Burlingham
Discovering Dinosaurs
© The Field Museum, GN88394_10c, J. Weinstein
Fossil Dig

The Field Museum has many learning programs available for every age group. To learn more about educator workshops, student internships, and other opportunities, please see our Educator Programs. For information on events and activities for families, please visit our Family Programs page.

Stones And Bones: A Practicum in Paleontology
High school students can join Dr. Lance Grande for a four-week intensive practicum in paleontology. You'll experience what life in the field is all about when you join the ongoing Field Museum expedition in the Green River Formation, then go behind the scenes at the Field Museum to learn how fossils are collected, analyzed, and conserved, as you work alongside museum scientists in the lab.

I Dig Science
Use virtual worlds to experience a scientific expedition without leaving Chicago! Teens go behind the scenes to excavate virtual fossils, create a virtual museum exhibit, and collaborate in real time with teens across the country and international paleontologists digging in Africa.


Evolving Planet Educator Guide
Travel back through time to learn how evolution has created the mosaic of life on Earth.

SUE Educator Guide
No dinosaur in the world compares to SUE—the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered.

Crown Family PlayLab Educator Guide
Dig in ... Dress up... Explore and grow! The Field Museum is pleased to present the Crown Family PlayLab, an early childhood learning center for preK-2 students.

For a complete listing and details about preparing for and scheduling student field trips, please view our Field Trip Programs page, where you can download our Student & Educator Program Catalog or sign up for field trips via our Illinois Online Registration Form or Out-of-State Online Registration Form.

Unless otherwise noted, student programs listed in this section are available Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10am or 11am. Maximum of 35 students for all programs.


PlayLab Self-Guided Exploration
Young adventurers have the chance to explore the Crown Family PlayLab! Students can put on an animal costume to crawl, hop, or fly! From digging up dinosaur bones to grinding corn in a Pueblo, little explorers can choose from an endless variety of activities.
Meets ILS goals in English Language Arts, Science, Social Science, Fine Arts.
Program is free for pre-registration groups.

PlayLab Fossil Dig
Come join us on a paleontology dig! Discover different fossil types and help dig out a fossil cast from a field jacket.
Meets ILS goals 7, 12, 16.
Cost is $2.50/student.



The Great Fossil Hunt
Learn how to identify a real fossil and how to create a dig pit grid system to help you remember the location of your fossils. Students practice scientific illustration and make inferences about the origins of fossils. This hands-on class incorporates paleontology with the adventure of a mini-dig...this is one Great Fossil Hunt you won’t want your students to miss! Includes a tour of Evolving Planet for groups that come to the Museum.
Meets ILS goals 11, 12, 13.