To Eat or Be Eaten

Grades 7-12, Post-Secondary, Adults |  60 minutes

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Without food to eat, most organisms could not survive. And surviving those who are on the hunt for food is no easy task! All species of plants and animals, fungi and microbes have come up with ways to eat and ways to avoid being eaten. On this interactive museum tour, explore the diverse relationships that we see in nature that are based on food, touch real museum specimens, and discover amazing stories of survival.

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), Whale of a Tale (youth groups age 5-12), Sketching (all grades), or Inquiry into Evolution (grades 10-12).

  • Science 7: The theory of evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things
    • Survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment
  • Science 8: Cells are a basic unit of life
  • Science 9: The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them
  • 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
    • How animals shape their physical environment, 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.

  • Eat or be Eaten
  • Classification and Relationships
  • Ocean Pair Up

Pre and Post-Visit Resources

  • Adaptation Creation
  • Extending the Field Trip
  • Explore Evolution Resource Package

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.