Did dinosaurs once live in New Zealand? Join us as junior palaeontologists on a discovery mission to learn about the prehistoric past.
- Years 1-3, maximum 30 students
- $5 per student for a one-hour programme
- Term 4, Wed–Fri, 2017, Term 1, Wed-Fri, 2018
- Auckland Museum Weird & Wonderful discovery centre, Origins gallery
- New Zealand Curriculum
- Te Whāriki: early childhood curriculum
- The Nature of Science
- The Living World
- Related galleries and exhibitions
Through a fun and interactive approach, learners are led on a mission to become palaeontologists to discover and learn about various dinosaurs and their identifying characteristics.
We highlight well-known carnivore and herbivore dinosaurs, find out what a palaeontologist does and get to know some of the Museum's palaeontology collections, curators and scientists.
The programme aims to:
- describe the role of a palaeontologist
- investigate the different types of dinosaurs that existed in New Zealand
- inspire audiences with the story of Joan Wiffen, the amateur palaeontologist who helped discover that dinosaurs once lived in New Zealand
- encourage learners to engage with the handling collections
- help children share and relate their own understanding of the topic of dinosaurs and fossils
- observe and identify the differentiating features of a variety of dinosaurs.