Young marine biologists take an up-close look at whales, examine baleen, and learn about the adaptations, habitat and stewardship of these amazing mammals. Students will touch real whale artifacts and crawl inside a 40- or 60-foot, life-size, inflatable whale. Room requirements: 50’x30’ area with an 8’ ceiling. Topics include adaptation, stewardship, mammal classification and whale ecology.
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 characteristics of living and non-living things.
Compare and contrast characteristics of plants and animals.
Compare and contrast characteristics among individuals within one plant or animal group.
Compare and contrast characteristics and behaviors of plants and animals and the environments where they live.
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.
Interaction and Change:
Examine the different ways things move.
Describe the basic needs of living things.
Describe life cycles of living things.
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.
Explore questions about living and non-living things and events in the natural world.
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.