Get a bird’s-eye view of how hawks, owls and eagles survive in the wild. Students learn about special adaptations such as “silent flight” and how their favorite birds of prey see and hunt. They will also discover what owls have for midnight snacks as they dissect owl pellets and take home their findings. Topics include adaptations, anatomy, biology and classification.
Experience an adventure in science without leaving the classroom. These programs include a general introduction to a science topic and hands-on, interactive activities.
If you are located less than 40 miles from OMSI, there are no travel fees.
If you are located more than 40 miles from OMSI, travel fees are charged as follows:
• By scheduling a program when we’re in your area (per map), each school pays $105 per instructor per day, in addition to the program cost. No mileage is charged.
• If we make a special trip to your school (when we’re not scheduled to be in your area per map), each school is charged 55¢ per round-trip mile (subject to federal rate changes) and $105 per instructor per day, in addition to the program cost.
• Visits to areas beyond the boundaries of the map are available by request and travel fees are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
A minimum of 2 weeks' advance notice is required for all registration requests. If you have questions, please contact us at 503.797.4661 or
Structure and Function:
Compare and contrast the characteristics of offspring and parents.
Compare and contrast characteristics of fossils and living organisms.
Explain that organisms are composed of parts that function together to form a living system.
Explain how genetics and anatomical characteristics are used to classify organisms and infer evolutionary relationships.
Interaction and Change:
Compare and contrast the life cycles of plants and animals.
Describe the interactions of organisms and the environment where they live.
Explain the interdependence of plants, animals, and environment, and how adaptation influences survival.
Explain how individual organisms and populations in an ecosystem interact and how changes in populations are related to resources.
Explain the processes by which plants and animals obtain energy and materials for growth and metabolism.
Plan a simple investigation based on a testable question, match measuring tools to their uses, and collect and record data from a scientific investigation.
Use the data collected from a scientific investigation to explain the results and draw conclusions.
Summarize the results from a scientific investigation and use the results to respond to the question being tested.