Backyard Biodiversity

35 students or less - $125; 36 students or more - $250
Technology Requirements
Virtual Visits is streamed live via video conferencing. Participating classrooms need a high speed Internet connection. Classrooms are encouraged to run off of a wired connection.

Meet Jim Louderman, Insects Collection Assistant, and discuss the importance of biodiversity and the impact humans have on it. Jim will show the students how to identify beetles collected in a carrion trap and interpret those findings to assess the quality of habitat based on the biodiversity of beetles found. Pre-and-post broadcast activities are included with registration. 

Using a 60-minute live broadcast, students can see, hear, and interact with researchers during a behind-the-scenes "visit" to one of the Museum’s state-of-the-art laboratories. In addition to the live broadcast, participating classrooms are supplied with grade-level appropriate supplemental educational activities and material to increase student learning before and after the broadcast.

NGSS DCI Alignments: LS2C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience; LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans; ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems; ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions.


September 29, 2015 @ 9:30am CT (middle school) & 11am CT (high school)

September 30, 2015 @ 9:30am CT (high school) & 11am CT (middle school)

May 10, 2016 @ 9:30am CT (middle school) & 11am CT (high school)

May 11, 2016 @ 9:30am CT (high school) & 11am CT (middle school)

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