Texas Pterosaur

Grades 6-8 (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. and 1:30 p.m.)

Meet the largest flying animal that has ever lived! Students will examine the pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus northropi along with other flying animals to learn what made them unique during the Cretaceous Period. Students will compare Quetzalcoatlus to the other creatures of the time to find its special place in the Cretaceous food web. Science – 8.2 A, B, C, E; 8.3 A; 8.4 A; 8.11 A, B, C

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 – 5.2 B, C, D, E, F, G; 5.3 A, D; 5.4 A; 5.9 A, B, C; 5.10 A, B

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 – 8.2 A, B; 8.3 A, B; 8.4 A; 8.11 A, B, C; Social Studies – 8.10 A, B, C; 8.12 A, B, C; 8.27 A, B, C, D; 8.28 A, B; 8.29 A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J

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 – 8.3 A, B, C; Social Studies – 8.11 A, B

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 – 8.1 A; 8.2 A, B, E; 8.3A; 8.4 A; 8.9 C

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

Eco-Challenge

Grades 6-8 (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)

Connect the reasons why animals compete, survive and thrive in nature. Delve into why carnivores, herbivores and omnivores all have a place in a balanced ecosystem. Students will investigate balanced relationships in nature while examining live animals up close. Science – 8.2 A, C, E; 8.4 A; 8.11 A, B, C, D

Deeper Than Dirt

Grades 6-8 (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)

Examine the geologic formations that make Texas unique. Connect with the geology and geography of Texas and how they affect the way we use land. Working with hands-on activities and student-led simulations, participants will test the effects of different stimuli on the aquifer. Students will explore and discuss the effects of urban encroachment and habitat loss on the changing landscape. Science – 8.2 A, B, C, E; 8.3 B, C; 8.4 A; 8.9 C; Social Studies – 8.29 B, C, J

Reactions in Action

Grades 6-8 (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)

Make a change – it’s all about chemistry! Students will identify physical and chemical changes while observing dynamic demonstrations that explore some of the indicators of chemical change. Science – 8.1 A; 8.3 A; 8.4 B; 8.5 E

Fantastic Forces

Grades 6-12 (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)

Explore how things move! Follow in Newton’s footsteps and observe the pull/push of gravity and the Three Laws of Motion. Students will predict and explain natural forces, pressure, and objects in motion. Science – 8.3 A; 8.6 A, C

Muscle Mechanics

Grades 6-8 (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)

Uncover the muscles that keep your body moving. Explore the force, motion and energy of the simple and complex machines inside your body. Students will examine the musculoskeletal system using the life-size, virtual anatomy table. Science – 8.3 A, B; 8.6 A, B, 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 – 8.11 A, B; 8.12 A; 8.19 C; 8.23 E; 8.29 A, B, C, D, E, F; 8.30 A
  • 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 – 8.11 A, B; 8.12 A; 8.19 C; 8.23 E; 8.29 A, B, C, D, E, F; 8.30 A
  • 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 – 8.10 A, B, C; 8.12 A, B, C; 8.27 A, B, C, D; 8.28 A, B; 8.29 A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J
  • 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 – 8.10 A, B, C; 8.12 A, B, C; 8.27 A, B, C, D; 8.28 A, B; 8.29 A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J