Creatures of the Cretaceous

Grades 3-5 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Study the creatures of the land, water and sky.  Dinosaurs were not alone during the Cretaceous Period!  Students will investigate dinosaurs, mosasaurs, pterosaurs, crocodiles and the other Cretaceous Period creatures that made prehistoric Texas their home millions of years ago. Science – 5.2 D; 5.3 A; 5.4; 5.7 A; 5.9 A,B,C,D; 5.10 A

The Dinosaur Experience

Grades 5-8 (Maximum 80 students)

Cost: $5 per student

Monday-Friday                       2 hours

(9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Get more value from your visit with this multifaceted program. Students will work in small groups and rotate through the Dinosaur Gallery to experience each prehistoric environment where these fascinating creatures lived. Program rotations include:

  • Exhibit Exploration
  • Paleontological Dig
  • Animal Encounters
  • Casting Fossils

Science – 5.1 A; 5.2 B,D; 5.3 A,C; 5.9 A,B,C,D; 5.10 A

Wild Habitats

Grades 3-5 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Explore the distinct ecological regions of Texas and investigate how animals survive and thrive in their unique habitats. Students will examine the food web and determine how living and non-living elements of habitat are interrelated. Science – 4.2 A,B,F; 4.3 A; 4.4; 4.9 A,B; 4.10 A

Taking Care of Texas

Grades 3-5 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                      45 min.

(9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.)

Collaborate on strategies and explore how important cooperation is in land management. Students will develop strategies for land stewardship in their community and explore what tools are needed to understand how to take care of Texas land resources. Science – 5.1 B; 5.2 C,D,G; 5.3 A; 5.4; 5.8 B; 5.9 C

Our Dynamic River

Grades 3-8 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Dive into ecology and the river as a vital local resource. The RiverAlive! touch tank and the WaterWorks exhibit on the banks of the river serve as outdoor classrooms to investigate ecology. Students will use maps and images from the Witte Collection to explore the history and importance of the dynamic San Antonio River. Science – 5.2 B, C, D; 5.3 A; 5.4 A; 5.9 A, C; 5.10 A, C; Social Studies – 5.24 B; 5.25 A, B, C; 5.26 A, B

Roots in the River Experience

Grades 4-8 (Maximum 80 students)

Cost: $5 per student

Monday-Friday                       2 hours

(9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Examine the environment of the San Antonio River and how human impact on the river affects the conservation, preservation and restoration of this natural resource. Students will develop scientific and historic inquiry skills as a part of the program. Program rotations include:

  • RiverAlive! Ecology Exploration
  • Waterworks Engineering
  • Riverbank History
  • Healthy Rivers, Healthy You

Science – 5.2 D; 5.3A; 5.4 A; 5.8 B; 5.9 C; Social Studies – 5.9 A, B; 5.25 C

From River to Sink, What’s in My Drink?

Grades 4-8 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $4 per student

Monday-Friday                       90 min.

(9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.)

Immerse students in understanding the water cycle, the properties of solvents and contaminants and how they affect water use. Students will investigate water issues and concerns through enriching, hands-on activities as they explore this non-renewable precious resource. Science – 5.1 A; 5.2 A, B, C, D; 5.3 A; 5.4 A, B; 5.5 D; 5.8 B

Texas Wild Experience

Grades 5-8 (Maximum 80 students)

Cost: $5 per student

Monday-Friday                       2 hours

(9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Get more value from your visit with this extended program that brings the Texas Wild Gallery and Land Stewardship Lab together through interactive rotations of the spaces. Create environmental simulations to draw conclusions about natural and human-made impact on the land. Experience the museum’s immersive environment and outdoor habitats to better understand Texas as a unique landscape. Students will focus on the ecological regions of the state and examine natural and re-created habitats to answer questions about human impact on the land. Program rotations include:

  • Exhibit Exploration
  • Animal Encounters
  • Soil Ribbon Activity
  • Rainfall and Watershed Simulations

Science – 5.2 A, B, C, D, F, G; 5.4 A; 5.7 B, C; 5.9 A, B, C, D; 5.10 A, B

What’s Hot, What’s Not?

Grades 3-5 (Maximum 150 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Heat things up! Students will observe demonstrations that explore how the addition and removal of heat energy changes the world around us. As a group, students will identify and explain expansion, contraction, conduction, convection and radiation. Science – 5.1 A; 5.3 A; 5.4 B; 5.5 A; 5.6 A

Tracking Math

Grades 3-5 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Walk, trot or run? Math can reveal a lot about the motion of animals past and present. Students will get moving as they apply arithmetic skills, practice algebraic thinking, and use measurement tools to determine how fast dinosaurs and humans travelled. Math – 5.1 A, B, C, D, E, F, G; 5.2 A, B, C; 5.3 A, E, G; 5.4 B; 5.7 A; Science – 5.2 B, C, D, E, F; 5.3 C; 5.4 A; 5.9 D

Put Your Heart Into It!

Grades 3-5 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Take a close look at how the human heart works. Students will take their own pulse, play games to get their hearts pumping, explore heart-healthy habits and learn how to make heart-healthy food choices. Health – 5.1 B, C, F; 5.2 A, B; 5.8 B; 5.9 D, E

The Super You Experience

Grades 4-7 (Maximum 60 students)

Cost: $5 per student

Monday-Friday                       2 hours

(9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Boost critical thinking and personal goal setting skills while students dodge, dance, climb, eat and relax in the H-E-B Body Adventure. Students will rotate through a series of hands-on activities that empower them to nurture healthy brains and bodies. Students will connect food choices to the science behind healthy living. Program rotations include:

  • Get Moving!
  • Fresh From the Garden
  • Take A Breath

Physical Education – 5.1 B, E; 5.4 A, B, C, E, F; 5.5 A, C, D; 5.7 A, B, C; Health – 5.1 A, B, C; 5.2 A, B; 5.6 G; 5.8 B; 5.9 C, D, E; Science – 5.1; 5.2 C

Dignity of Work

Grades K-12  (Maximum 30 students) 

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                       45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Focus on the life skills and character traits that were needed to settle and develop 19th century Texas.  Examine artifacts, art and photographs from the Witte Collection at the South Texas Heritage Center.

Choose one of the interactive program threads below:

  • The Freighter-
    Identify how the landscape influenced the exchange of goods and luxury items by investigating the role of the freighter in 19th century Texas. Social Studies – 5.8 A, C; 5.9 A, B; 5.24 C; 5.25 A, B; 5.26 A, B
  • South Texans at Work-
    Examine historic photographs and artifacts to identify the different types of work and skills needed by men, women and children in 19th century Texas. Students also explore the value of work and how it contributed to the settlement of South Texas. Social Studies – 5.21 B; 5.25 A, B, C; 5.26 A, B
  • Trail Drive!-
    Make connections through art, artifacts and specimens to follow the evolution of longhorns from wild beasts to contemporary icons and the hard, dangerous work of the trail drives that turned cattle into money. Social Studies – 5.24 C; 5.25 A, B, C; 5.26 A, B
  • Water Where You Want It-
    Compare and explore ways water was collected, diverted and pumped from the land. Students will experience transporting water on their shoulders and interact with the power of water as they divert and move water in an acequia. Social Studies – 5.24 B; 5.25 A, B, C; 5.26 A, B

Tortillas: A San Antonio Story

Grades 4-7 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $4 per student

Monday-Friday                       90 min.

(9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.)

See, smell, hear, touch, and taste history at the Witte Museum. Explore the history of the tortilla in San Antonio. Get messy as students have the opportunity to create, contemplate, and consume the city’s most famous flat bread. Social Studies – 5.12 A; 5.13 A, B; 5.24; 5.25; 5.26; Math – 5.1 A; 5.6; 5.7

The Texas History Experience (offered January 1 – July 31)

Grades 4-7 (Maximum 150 students)

Cost: $5 per student

Monday-Friday                       2 hours

(9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.)

Explore a variety of history themes. Get more value from your visit with this multifaceted program. Using primary sources (documents, specimens, works of art and artifacts) students will work in small groups and rotate through the following activities at the South Texas Heritage Center:

  • Art for History’s Sake
    Discover how works of art reveal the story of life in 19th century Texas.
  • Dignity of Work
    Gain insights into daily life though the investigation of artifacts and historical photographs.
  • Gallery Theater
    Professional actors bring Texas history to life using authentically constructed costumes, artifact and props.
  • Exhibit Experience
    Explore one of the Witte’s signature exhibits, A Wild and Vivid Land: Stories of South Texas.

Social Studies – 5.24 B; 5.25 A, B, C, F; 5.26 A, B, C, D

Living off the Land

Grades 4-7 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                      45 min.

(9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.)

What’s the difference between gathering and foraging? How does an atlatl make hunting more efficient? Hunt and Gather like the people of the Pecos did 4,000 years ago. Students will use spears, atlatls, tumplines and baskets to experience what it’s like to live off the land. Social Studies – 5.24 A, B; 5.25; 5.26; Science – 5.7; 5.8

Painting the Pecos

Grades 4-7 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                      45 min.

(9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.)

How did people make paint thousands of years ago? Examine the ancient techniques used by making your own paint. Students will then create a story about the land, sky, and water on our rock art wall, much as the people of the Pecos did 4,000 years ago. Social Studies – 5.24 B; 5.25; 5.26

Hands-on Archaeology with Dr. Dig

Grades 4-7 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                      45 min.

(9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.)

How do we know what we know about the people of the Pecos? Archaeology! Explore our lifeways lab with Dr. Dig to learn how the people of the Pecos used and modified the environment to meet their everyday needs. Students will learn how cordage was created and used, how we know what the Pecos people ate and how they made baskets, bags and sandals using archaeology. Social Studies – 5.24 A, B; 5.25; 5.26

Gathering at the Waters

Grades 4-7 (Maximum 35 students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                      45 min.

(9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.)

Gather at the waters of the San Antonio River and its creekways to collect and trade resources. Students will discover how the environment impacted the ways people in this region have met their daily needs for thousands of years. Social Studies – 5.10; 5.13; 5.13 B; 5.24; 5.24 A; 5.24 B; 5.25; 5.26

People of the Pecos Experience (Offered June 1 – December 31)

Grades 4-7 (Maximum 150 students)

Cost: $5 per student

Monday-Friday                      2 hours

(9:30a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Delve into experimental archaeology to explore the ancient techniques and materials and learn how the people of the lower Pecos region lived 4,000 years ago. Students will explore the survival and lifeways of hunter and gatherers in our galleries and lab spaces with demonstrations and hands-on activities. Program rotations include:

  • Rock Art
  • Cordage
  • Hunting
  • Gathering

Social Studies – 5.9 A, B; 5.14 A; 5.22 A; 5.24 B, C; 5.25 A, C; 5.26 A, B, C