Connecticut State Museum of Natural History

A self-guided tour will help campers “bone up” on their archeology as they view this repository of artifacts representing 11,000 years of Connecticut’s past. The Connecticut Archaeology Center’s permanent exhibit, “Human Nature: Looking Closer at the Relationships between People and the Environment,” explores how the natural history of southern New England has shaped the lives of its inhabitants and environment. Using the storytelling method, the exhibit includes a series of short multi-media presentations by scientists, educators, and historians. 
 
Contact Info
Address: University of Connecticut, 2019 Hillside Road, Unit 1023, Storrs, CT 06269. Tolland County. Tel: 860-486-4460. Email: csmnhinfo@uconn.edu. Website: www.mnh.uconn.edu. Hrs: Mon.-Fri. 10AM-4PM.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 30-45 minutes. Cost: Free.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.