Spring 1997

Museum Adventures

Guided School Programs

Educators' Workshops

Sunday Family Specials

Adult Classes


Advance registration for all classes required. Weekday classes begin promptly at 3:40 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up parking is available. Class limits: 10 child/adult pairs for preschool classes; 12 participants for other classes. To register, please call (617) 496-6972 or mail in registration form.


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A d v e n t u r e s


Preschool (3 1/2--5, with adult)

Animals in Native American Life

Celebrate the animals as Native Americans do. In the galleries we'll see many things made from animals and animal images. We'll learn how opposum lost the fur on his tail and how raven stole daylight for the world! In our classroom we'll make dioramas, mobiles, and much more!

Teacher: Kathryn Kucharski

Four Saturdays: May 3, 10, 17, and 31, 10:30--noon

$60 non-members; $50 member


K - 2nd Grades

Creature Double Feature!

Come to our Creature Feature and get up close and personal with our wildest and woolliest animal specimens. We'll discover some amazing ways animals have evolved over time. Compare a butterfly's proboscis to the 18" long tongue of an anteater. Look at scales, spines, huge teeth, and sharp claws used for protection. And see how peacock feathers and a buck's antlers help attract a mate! Through gallery activities, observations, and art projects, we'll investigate the fascinating features of these creatures!

Teacher: Claudia D'Amore

Six Wednesdays: February 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 3:40--5:00 p.m.

$65 non-members; $60 members


Spring Fling!

For the Oneida tribe of New York and Wisconsin, spring is an important time of year, signifying rebirth and new life. It is especially important for children! Come experience an Oneida spring through the stories of Sandra De Coteau Orie, an Oneida educator and writer. This new class will include gallery and outdoor activities and art projects as well as the opportunity to smell the sacred cedar, taste wild strawberries, and explore other special signs of spring.

Teacher: Sandy Fisher

Four Thursdays: March 27, April 3, 10, and 17, 3:40--5p.m.

$45 non-members; $40 members


lst, 2nd, 3rd Grades

Bug Out

Explore the weird and wonderful forms, shapes, colors, and textures of insects through drawing, painting, and sculpture. Using wire, clay, and foam, create your very own mobile using the sculptures that you make!

Teacher: Kathy Brown-Wing, Studio Artist

Six Mondays, March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 7 and 14, 3:40--5:00 p.m.

$65 non-members; members $60


Have You Any Wool?

Yes sir, yes sir, three classes full! Through games and activities and one meeting at Drumlin Farm, we'll learn about our woolly friends. In our Southwest exhibits we'll see how the Navajo weave beautiful rugs, saddle throws, and blankets using wool. We'll card and dye wool, create sheep greeting cards, and make our own woolly sheep pin! Are ewe interested? We are dyeing to see you!

Teacher: Sandy Fisher

Three Wednesdays: May 7, 14, and 21, 3:40--5:00 p.m.

$35 non-members; $30 members

Please note: on May 21, we will meet at the entrance to Drumlin Farm.


Meet the People!

Discover amazing peoples past and present in our cultural galleries! Come learn about people of the Kalahari, native peoples of the Northwest Coast, the Maya of Central America, native peoples of Alaska and Canada, Pueblo people of the Southwest, and the rainforest people of South America. We'll tell stories, play gallery games, and do art projects!

Teacher: Claudia D'Amore

Six Thursdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and June 5, 3:40--5:00 p.m.

$65 non-members; $60 members



3rd, 4th, 5th Grades

Drawing the Animals and Beyond

Museum specimens, live animals, and the world-famous Glass Flowers will be the focus of this drawing class led by naturalist and artist Clare Walker Leslie. We'll employ media such as charcoal and colored pencils. Previous participants will receive further instruction. The teacher is author of Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning.

Teacher: Clare Leslie Walker

Six Wednesdays: March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, and 30, 3:40--5:00 p.m.

$70 non-members; $65 members


Adventures in Archaeology

Roll up your sleeves, get out your tools, and join us for a special archaeological adventure. Using our museum "dig," you will explore authentic objects from museum expeditions, and make your own archaeological models from clay. This class is for true adventurers!

Teacher: Tom Danko

Six Tuesdays: April 15, 29, May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 3:40--5:00 p.m.

$65 non-members; $60 members


Sunday Family Specials at the Museum

Family Botanical Studies

For 2nd&endash;5th Graders, accompanied by one adult

Celebrate the coming of spring in this two session family event focusing on plants and flowers. We'll draw and paint a variety of flowers and flower parts. Discover the beauty and complexity of flowers and plants through live specimens and the Glass Flowers in our galleries.

Teacher: Kathy Brown-Wing, Studio Artist

Two Sundays, May 11 and 18, 1:30--3:30 p.m.

$35 non-members; $30 members


Adult Classes

To register, please call (617) 496-6972.


Drawing the Animals: For Adults

Join naturalist and artist Clare Walker Leslie to learn some basic techniques and tips for drawing animals in the MCZ's collection. Each week will feature a different method of drawing fur, feathers, and anatomy. Also covered will be the basic uses of pen and pencil. No previous drawing experience necessary; come and have fun! Please bring a sketchbook and drawing pencils to the first class; sessions will take place in the galleries. Instructor Clare Walker Leslie is a professional artist who has been teaching the children's class Drawing the Animals at the museum for six years.

Four Tuesdays: March 4, 11, 18, and 25

7:00--9:00 p.m.

Limited to 10 people; please register early.

$90 non-members; $75 members


Scientific Illustration

Fine drawing plays an integral role in scientific investigations and documentation at the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Taught by Laszlo Meszoly, scientific illustrator working in the museum, Scientific Illustration will meet in classroom space within the museum and will utilize the exhibits in the public areas. Students will work mostly from the vast collections of mounted and preserved specimens housed in the museum but not available to the general public. Course material will begin with a general survey of animal anatomy and skeletal structure and will include a demonstration of scientific drawing equipment, discussions of animal illustration and its uses, and individual projects. Students will also be able to work on their own in finishing drawings, learning to prepare work for publication, or pursuing special interests in scientific or fine art animal illustration. A basic background in drawing is required.

Twelve sessions--Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 8--May 15

7:00--9:30 p.m.

$220 non-members; $195 members




The Museum of Cultural and Natural History offers educator workshops to provide teachers with enjoyable, information-filled, hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences in the galleries that they can use to enhance their students' knowledge. Our workshops take place in both the galleries and classrooms throughout the museum complex. Format can include discussion, lectures by Harvard University scholars, gallery activities, demonstrations, video, behind-the-scenes tours, and access to our extensive hands-on teaching collections.

Educators will be able to:

Bring up-to-date information in cultural and natural history topics back to their classrooms and schools

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education as a state certified Professional Development Point provider. Each contact hour of learning earns one professional development point.

For more information, call Marion Wingfield at 617-496-5402.


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