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This opportunity is available to all educators and their classes using Museum and other natural history resources that we have on-hand in our mandated isolation. We will have the museum as a backdrop for our videos. Below is a list of topics we have thought of so far. Many have two titles, one for younger audiences and the other for older. Each tour will be tailored to a specific audience and we're happy to make a tour based on a topic of your suggestion. More grade level specific content will be added in the next month. 

  • Skulls and teeth/Comparative anatomy
  • The similarities and differences of related species/Biogeography
  • Creeking/Aquatic ecology
  • Up close with arthropods
  • Characteristics and Traits of Organisms/ Adaptations/Anatomy physiology
  • Needs of Living Things/Homeostasis
  • Interdependence of Living things/food webs/ecology
  • Life cycles
  • Evolution
  • Snakes

Other Resources

Also, here are some more resources to help educators and families navigate the waters of online teaching.

  • The Smithsonian Learning Lab puts the treasures of the world's largest museum, education, and research complex within reach for educators and families.
  • PBS provides activities for ages 2-8 to foster creativity and playtime.
  • Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education distributes online educational labs and activities for schools and families.
  • Discover Ways You Can Use PBS LearningMedia to Support Distance Learning Today
  • Indiana Office of Curriculum and Instruction is dedicated to providing the best resources for educators and families during this time of extended remote learning.
  • Prepare for remote learning with resources, lessons, and more that all Ohio PreK-12 schools can use using this Ohio K-12 remote learning link.
  • I-excel supports students, parents, and educators through school closures and beyond.
  • iDigBio is with its partners in developing biodiversity and digitization-related educational resources for K-12, fostering public participation activities for life-long learners, and providing links to educational resources and activities.
Contact the Hefner Museum for services, educational programs, and materials created with teachers and students in mind. We invite you to explore our many resources. We encourage Miami faculty, students and pre-K through 12 teachers, as well as informal educators, to use our collections in their classes and facilities. Contact Steve Sullivan ( to discuss how the Hefner collections can make science come alive for your students.