Educational Resources

Educational Resources provided by the Tate Geological Museum:

Museum Outreach

A group tour makes a great field trip for any class. Be it at the end of a unit, or as an introductory look into what students will be studying in class, a tour of the Tate Geological Museum is a wonderful addition to any lesson plan. We have a wealth of specimens and fossil casts that students can handle and examine during their visit. Open access at the Fossil Preparation Lab window gives students a chance to see some of the “behind the scenes” operations you don’t always get to see at every museum. If you’d like a more interactive visit to the museum, we also have scavenger hunts for students. We can also incorporate an educational activity, such as determining the weight of dinosaurs, learning how fossils form, and fun with plate tectonics and food  into the visit, giving students a chance to get more involved with their museum visit.

It is best to schedule your tour or classroom visit as far in advance as possible to ensure you get the day and time that best fits your schedule.

Not sure if you will be able to make it to the museum? We can bring the museum to you! Tate staff can bring rocks, fossils, minerals and dinosaurs into your classroom and present on whatever topic best fits your curriculum. Museum staff arrive with a number of materials, from fossil casts to the real thing, and always have plenty of hands-on items to be passed around the room. Our Education Specialist can also accompany you on a variety of field trips including guided trips to Casper Mountain, Alcova and other geology or fossil focused destinations. We also have a selection of Teaching Trunks filled with a great variety of specimens, fossil casts, books, posters and many other resources that can be checked out for use in the classroom.

Call today to make your appointment!
800-442-2963, ext. 2447

Scavenger Hunt

Do you want your visit to the Tate Geological Museum to be more interactive? Try to answer all of these questions while you’re here!

  1. During which epoch did Dee live?
  2. Were mammoths herbivores, omnivores, or carnivores? How do we know this?
  3. Who has a bigger brain, humans or Tyrannosaurus rex?
  4. What product mined in Wyoming is used in kitty litter?
  5. Where was Wyoming located during the Cambrian period?
  6. Describe the climate in Wyoming during Eocene time. How do we know this?
  7. On the touch table is a fossil that might be described as the “Milky Way.” What kind of fossil is this and what part are you seeing in the rock?
  8. Name the three types of meteorites. Which is most common?
  9. Name the two types of jade.
  10. Which Oligocene animal has a tooth shaped like the Greek letter pi?
  11. Name one Triceratops bone on exhibit.
  12. What is a theropod? How many toes do they have?
  13. What shape are the scales on a gar?
  14. Where was Dee’s skull found? Describe a hypothesis as to why the skull was not near the rest of the skeleton.
  15. What was Ben’s BIg Turtle’s last meal?
  16. What is the chemical formula for Stibnite? Is it a silicate or non-silicate mineral?
  17. What was one of the largest predators of the White River badlands?
  18. What marine animal had the largest eye of any vertebrate?
  19. What kind of animal is “Twinkle Toes?”
  20. During what era was the granite that makes up the core of Casper Mountain formed?
  21. What kind of teeth does a whale need to eat a mixed diet? Use the whale wheel to help answer this question. Can Basilosaurus eat a mixed diet?
  22. What type of animal is Oomtar? Where was he discovered?
  23. What do the dark gray circular areas on Dee’s skull indicate?

Print a version of this scavenger hunt (with spaces for answers) for your Tate Museum visit. (PDF available upon request)

We encourage you to come on in to the museum and try the scavenger hunt, but if you must know the answers… (PDF available upon request)

Teaching Trunks

The trunks are currently under construction to better meet the needs of current curriculum. The old trunks are still available for check out, though. Please call the museum at 307-268-2447 to reserve your trunk today!