Virtual Field Trip Details
VFT Information
Title:Elephants in Your Backyard - Making Teeth Talk

Uncover a mystery – paleontology style! Working together we’ll dig deep into the tale told by fossil teeth and discover clues to middle America's ancient climate and habitats known to our very own elephants!


Prior to the Virtual Field Trip – each classroom will experience a fossil dig (approximately 45 mins).  The class will receive a kit from which the teacher will make a tabletop dig site.  By working on the dig, the students will complete a worksheet in which they must identify several of the fossils found in their dig, consider climate/habitat needs, and make some predictions on the mystery fossil they find.  It is this found mystery we uncover together during our virtual field trip! - Pre-lesson Teacher Guide


Nebraska State Standards

  • NE: SC.3.7.2.B; SC.8.10.5.A
  • NGSS: 3-LS4-1; MS-LS4-1


"The University of Nebraska State Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Smithsonian Affiliate organizations are selected for their record of scholarship, professionalism, high quality exhibits and effective museum education programs."


As a follow up to the VFT, you are requested to complete a post event reflection at https://goo.gl/mFU4X5

Subject(s):ScienceSocial Science
Grade Levels:Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8
VFT Type:Talk to the Expert
Meeting Time:Scheduled upon request by the teacher - Concurrent virtual field trips are encouraged within a school. We request classes be held on same day. Fees will be negotiated.
Duration:45 minutes
Registration Info:

Register your request by contacting the program provider, Annie Mumgaard, Virtual Learning Coordinator, at elephant@unl.edu or call 402-472-2637.

RESCHEDULING: If a virtual field trip needs to be rescheduled due to unforeseen technical or weather events, we will try to reschedule within the following two weeks at no extra charge.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to the scheduled virtual field trip. Failure to cancel in advance will result in being charged the full price of the program. There is no charge if your program is canceled due to weather or unforeseen technical problems.

For questions about equipment, desktop applications or other concerns, contact your local ESU distance learning specialist. Click here for a list of ESU contacts.

Tech Requirements:

Events are connected using the Nebraska Video Conferencing Network (NVCN) bridge.
Supports H.323 IP (Polycom, Cisco, LifeSize, etc.), Zoom, Lifesize Clearsea, or Jabber connections.
Morrill Hall will schedule and conduct an audio/video test 48 hours prior to program date.


Additional Cost Info:Institutions outside of Nebraska, $125. Limited scholarship funds may be available for Nebraska schools. Nebraska Library or a Nebraska Non-profit: $95. Out of state institutions: $125

Provider Information
Provider Name:Morrill Hall - University of Nebraska State Museum
Description:No need to schedule transportation, pack a lunch or even leave your school when you visit us on a Virtual Field Trip. Our educators and scientists interact with your students on a variety of science and natural history topics through our live, interactive videoconferencing programs. Classes are designed to fit within your schedule, curriculum needs and are aligned with science standards. Many of our programs include a physical kit with hands-on materials to enhance your

Additional information about your Nebraska State Museum:  The University of Nebraska State Museum (UNSM) was established in 1871 and has steadily grown into one of the leading research and educational science museums in the nation to be associated with a university.

The Museum collects and interprets the natural, geological and anthropological history of the state and of the Great Plains, and holds the collections in trust for all Nebraskans.

The Museum is comprised of the world-famous "Elephant Hall", a research collection containing over 13 million specimens, Mueller Planetarium, the Dr. Paul and Betty Marx Discovery Center, Trailside Museum of Natural History at Fort Robinson State Park, and Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park.

Contact:Annie Mumgaard, Virtual Learning Coordinator or Emily Osberg-Brown, Education Supervisor
Phone Number:402-472-2637