Evolution

Grades 10-12, Post-Secondary, Adults |  60 mins | Tour

Evolution_thumbnailEvolution explains how the vast biodiversity around us originated and is arguably the most important theory at the heart of modern-day biology. On this thought-provoking tour, hear stories that reveal how our understanding of biodiversity has changed over time and what these changes tell us about our own heritage.

Learn how organisms have adapted to various environments over time. Topics include natural selection and the Earth’s timeline. Students will be presented with specimens and exhibits, so they can observe features that have helped species survive. Students will think about patterns of evolution and evolutionary change.

Stories focus on biodiversity of the past, how species change and survive over time, evolution in the modern world, and what we know about relationships among living things – including how humans fit in.

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This is a museum tour, which allows your group to learn more about the stories behind the museum’s exhibits and displays. Plan to be standing and walking on the tour. If you are looking for an activity-focused experience, please look at one of our 75-minute programs, such as One Life to Live (grades 3-7), Sketching (all grades), or Inquiry into Evolution (grades 10-12).

  • Science 10: Genes are the foundation for the diversity of living things
  • Biology 11: All organisms have characteristics that define them as living and interdependent; life can be organized in a functional and structural hierarchy ranging from cells to the biosphere; living things are interdependent; living things are diverse and evolve over time
    • Agents of evolutionary change (patterns of evolution, tempo/rate of evolutionary change); living things and their roles in ecosystems
  • Biology 12: Cells are the basic unit of life

Many of our Educator Resources can support your visit. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Scavenger Hunts and Museum Activities

We suggest using a scavenger hunt before or after your program to help students explore the museum in a guided way.

  • Explore Evolution Map
  • Classification and Relationships
  • Amazing Evolution

Pre and Post-Visit Resources

  • Explore Evolution resource package
  • Speciation Sleuthing Project

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.