Early Investigations (Grades K-3)


Early Investigations is the museum’s science enrichment program for children in grades K-3. Consisting of an engaging classroom session and interactive guided tour of one exhibit hall, the EI program is 1.5 hours of fun, scientific exploration! Students will handle real artifacts and specimens, participate in crafts and activities, and receive a take-home reminder of their day at HMNS. To book your Early Investigations program, click here.

Choose one of the following eight topics:

 Paleontology: Find Fun with Fossils

Appropriate for K – 3rd graders.

What are fossils? Investigate bones, claws, teeth, and more as students become junior paleontologists and study real fossil specimens up close and personal. Explore the adaptations of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals on a guided tour of the Morian Hall of Paleontology.

Maximum capacity: 100.

Insect Zoo: Design your own Butterfly

Appropriate for K – 3rd graders.

Why do butterflies have such bright colors? How many legs do insects have? Investigate the characteristics, life cycle and various structures of common insects. Experience the rainforest in a guided tour of the Cockrell Butterfly Center and Brown Hall on Entomology and get an up-close look at a wide variety of bugs and butterflies.

Maximum capacity: 100.

Texas Wildlife: Diverse Ecosystems

Appropriate for K – 3rd graders.

Explore the mammals, birds and reptiles native to Texas, learning the adaptations that help them thrive in different ecosystems. On a guided tour of the Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, students will discover why birds are so varied and how mammals and reptiles coexist.

Maximum capacity: 50.

Native North Americans: Too Cool Tools

Appropriate for K – 3rd graders.

Meet North America’s earliest residents and learn how they survived in the environment in which they lived. Investigate their tools, homes, foods and sources of entertainment. In the McGovern Hall of North America encounter groups from the Inuits in Alaska to the Navajo of the Plains.

Maximum capacity: 50.

Energy: The Magic of Electricity

Appropriate for 1st – 3rd graders.

Ever wonder how we light our homes and power our televisions? Come join us in Early Investigations as we explore the Magic of Electricity. We will examine different forms of energy, operate a generator and experiment with magnets. Solar powered cars and human circuits are two of the wonders that we will experience. A tour of the Wiess Energy Hall will be included with our classroom activities.

Maximum capacity: 50.

African Culture and Wildlife: Don’t just Study-Safari!

Appropriate for 2nd and 3rd graders.

Learn all about the vast, diverse continent of Africa. Explore the cultural likes and differences with North America. On a guided tour of the Frensley/Graham Hall of African wildlife, students will journey to view African animals in their natural habitats.

Maximum capacity: 50.

Ancient Egypt: Build a Pyramid

Appropriate for 2nd and 3rd graders.

Discover the land of pyramids and mummies, learning about Egyptian geography, architecture, beliefs/culture and the role of the Nile River in daily life. Investigate the tools used to construct the everlasting pyramids and get a closer look at actual Egyptian artifacts on a guided tour of The Hall of Ancient Egypt.

Maximum capacity: 100.

Native Latin Americans: Mayan Makeover

Appropriate for 2nd and 3rd graders.

Discover life in pre-Columbian Latin America. Search for clues of how these early people survived. What tools did they use? How did they build their magnificent structures? What plants and animals were useful? Take a trip in the McGovern Hall of South and Central America.

Maximum capacity: 50.

If you have more than the maximum number of kids, email educationquestions@hmns.org for your options!

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