[music] SHARI: Welcome to the
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. SHARI: I’m Shari Werb, Director for
Education and Outreach. We’ve prepared this
short video to help you plan your visit. SHARI: Please check our
website to find information and field trip
resources to help you and your students make the
most out of your experience. When you
arrive, buses should drop off and pick up on the
Mall side of the Museum. Before your group gets
off the bus, please remind them that there
are no coat check facilities or lockers
here. Your students will need to leave their
lunches and any bags they don’t want to carry,
on the bus. Food and drinks are not
allowed into the Museum and there are no provisions
for groups to store or eat bag lunches.
Discounted group meals in the Atrium Cafe may be
purchased before your visit by contacting
Smithsonian Group Sales. Groups not purchasing
food are welcome to picnic on the Mall. SECURITY OFFICER: Please open all
bags. SHARI: To speed entry into the
building, carry as little as possible. Security
checks are now required of Museum visitors,
and bags are thoroughly searched. When planning
your trip, keep in mind that you’ll need to
arrange for one adult chaperone for every 10
students, grades 3 through 7 and one adult for
every 15 students, grades 8 through 12. The
Museum offers educational materials to
visitors for use in the Museum, the classroom or
online. These can be printed before you
arrive. Teacher’s Guides bring the expertise of our
research and collections to the classroom. All
of our programs and materials are free. You
may register online for our quarterly Educator E
newsletter. It includes information on educational
programs, exhibits, and special events. If
you’re able to plan ahead, a variety of activities
can be booked by filling out exhibit
program request forms located on our website. DEMONSTRATOR: How does she eat? She
needs to put her fangs into it to paralyze
it. SHARI: Throughout the Museum
you will find volunteer interpreters. We
encourage students to ask them any questions
they might have about the exhibits. VOLUNTEER: And I’m going to pass
this group this one, I want you to figure out if
you think this belongs to a modern
Elephant or an ancient relative. SHARI: DISCOVER STATIONS are
positioned in selected exhibits. Groups of eight
to twelve visitors come face to face with object
based, problem solving opportunities and
experiences. Activities focus on exhibit concepts
and topics and take about five minutes to
complete. The Stations are generally available in
selected exhibits on Tuesdays through Fridays
from 10:30 AM to noon. The DISCOVERY ROOM
is a hands on area featuring real Museum
objects and artifacts. Visitors can look at
fossils, skulls, shells and minerals, use a
microscope or try on costumes from around the
world. School groups should register online
to take advantage of morning programs during
the school year. [music] SHARI: Although your visit to
the Museum and activities are provided at
no cost, further experiences are available for
purchase. Standards connections are provided for
some of the educational films shown in the
Johnson IMAX Theater. BUTTERFLIES + PLANTS:
PARTNERS IN EVOLUTION is open to the public
free of charge. However, there is an entry fee
for admission to the Butterfly Pavilion at
all times except Tuesday. For additional
help in planning your visit, please call
our Education Office at, 202 633 1077. Before you
come, please check our website for the most
current information. We hope you and your
students enjoy your visit. [music]

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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