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Savage Ancient Seas – Field Trips

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Savage Ancient Seas

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Educators! Bring your students to the South Carolina State Museum’s exciting blockbuster exhibition, Savage Ancient Seas, and be transported back 80 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Experience a world of ancient species, including huge carnivorous marine reptiles, gigantic flesh-eating fish, flying reptiles and the largest sea turtles to have ever lived.

See more than 50 prehistoric marine fossils, both cast and real specimens, presented in dramatic three-dimensional displays, including:

  • One of the largest aquatic reptiles ever discovered — the 45-foot-long Tylosaurus

  • The fabled Loch Ness Monster’s ancient real-life counterpart – a 42-foot-long Elasmosaurus

  • Gasp in awe at Archelon, the 17-foot-wide sea turtle

  • ‘Swim’ with a school of the three-dimensional skeletal reconstructions of fish

  • Sift through time as flying reptiles soar overhead

Students will explore how these creatures lived and how most of them appear to have become extinct, along with the dinosaurs. Plus, they will learn how these animals sank to the bottom of the sea when they died, where they were buried in chalky layers of sediment to eventually fossilize.

Savage Ancient Seas covers the following standards for South Carolina: Elementary – K.L.2, 2.L.5, 3.L.5, 4.L.5, 5.L.4, Middle School – 6.L.4, 7.EC.5, 8.E.6 and High School – H.B.5., H.B.6.

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FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

PRICING

The State Museum offers free general admission to South Carolina school students. See below for museum general admission prices for school field trips as well as add-on attraction pricing for the blockbuster exhibit.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA
STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

Gen. Admission:  FREE
Savage Ancient Seas:  $3

 

SOUTH CAROLINA
CHAPERONES

Gen. Admission:    $5
Savage Ancient Seas:    $3

 

OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS,
TEACHERS AND CHAPERONES

Gen. Admission:  $5
Savage Ancient Seas:   $3

 

ADD-ON A MUSEUM PROGRAM

Museum educator led classes are free for SC schools.

Impressive Traces of Fossils

Impressive Traces of Fossils
Grade Level: 3rd grade
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 25 participants
This is unique, hands-on program gives students the opportunity to touch real fossils and specimens from the State Museum’s expansive collection. Paleontologists are very similar to detectives. Examining fossils can tell a great deal about the world, and what it was like millions of years ago.

Critter Classification

Critter Classification
Grade Level: 6th grade
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Auditorium
Maximum Capacity: 80 participants
This auditorium-style program will allow students to sink their teeth into living organisms. A variety of questions will be answered, including what is a living organism? Why do owls have such big eyes? And why do snakes like to lie in the road? Students will get a better understanding of the differences between an invertebrate and a vertebrate, how exothermic and endothermic organisms are different and how animals have adapted to better suit their environment. Students will have the chance to observe real animal specimens as they learn.

Living Soil

Living Soil
Grade Level: 7th grade
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 25 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 7.L.3, 7.EC.5
Time to get down and dirty as students dig into ground beneath their feet. Students will explore soil profiles and examine the complex ecosystem of soil as they conduct pH tests. They will also analyze soil particles and the organisms that live in it. The lesson will cover how bacteria are not only very helpful, but a necessary part of our soil ecosystem. Students will also get the chance to view tiny organisms using microscopes.

 

Experience the planetarium show

Sea Monsters:

A Prehistoric Adventure

for only an additional $3 per person!

           


 

EDUCATOR RESOURCES

 

Educator Guide
Bring the excitement of Savage Ancient Seas to your students with this guide that includes creative ideas for classroom activities.

Educational Standards Information
Great information on how the exhibit content included in Savage Ancient Seas addresses Next Generation National Education Standards.

Teachers Exhibit Guide Grades K to 2,
Teachers Exhibit Guide Grades 3 to 5
Teachers Exhibit Guide Grades 6 to 8
Short guides to provide helpful questions and vocabulary to enhance students’ exhibit experience.

 


 

QUESTIONS?

Contact us the Group Visits Dept. by phone at 803.898.4999 or email at group_visits@scmuseum.org for more information.