Northeastern (46th Annual) and North-Central (45th Annual) Joint Meeting (20–22 March 2011)

Paper No. 12
Presentation Time: 10:45 AM


CLARE, Harlan J., Division of Public Programs, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213,

Organizing a museum field trip for students can be an overwhelming task. The first step you need to take is to organize a plan so that you minimize your time and effort, and maximize the student experience. Knowing what is displayed in the mineral cases and the resources available can enable you to prepare a timely trip that students will enjoy. A docent can orient a tour based on your theme and expectations. Sharing these issues in advance can enhance your experience. Have the students prepared as well so that they can obtain the greatest benefit as they are given a tour. Timing is very important, especially when you have tours or other activities planned. When contacting the museum, make it clear what you would like to see and do. In this session, you will receive valuable tips on how to plan for a magical mineral tour.