Educator Resources

The Idaho Museum of Natural History reaches over 10,000 children annually through outreach programs, guided tours, and after school classes. As the state museum of natural history, the Education Resources Center offers unique educational materials and classes for teachers and students from the Snake River Plain, into the Panhandle, and beyond. We at the ERC believe that learning is an exciting, ongoing process and work hard to offer, fun, customized experiences to learners of all ages and abilities.  Our after school classes and activities are a great way to get kids excited about sciences. 

Activities, field trips, and classes can be customized and catered to any audience and subject and are provided free or at minimal cost. Contact the Education Resources Office, at 208-282-2195 or email: for more information or to register for any of our exciting after school classes listed below.


Field Trips and Guided Tours ($2 per Student)

Whether you’re visiting with a group of five or 50, the Idaho Museum of Natural History can offer your students an authentic experience like none other. We customize field trip experiences to encompass all areas of STEM education in The Wheel of Dietalignment with the Idaho State Standards. Exhibit Interpreters and Museum staff offer insight on gallery exhibitions while the Science Discovery Center offers a free-choice learning environment for scientific discovery.  Contact the ERC for more information: 208-282-2195 or email:   Cost: $2 per student. Teachers and volunteers are free.

Mammoth Murder MysteryPopular Class Activities at the Museum (Activity Price Included in Admission):

Faux Fossils

Using clay, sea shells, and plaster of paris students learn the difference between fossils and bones, and make their own mold and cast fossil to take home. 

Mammoth Murder Mystery

Get on your detective hat!  As part of our gallery experience,  we introduce students to an ancient crime scene.  A baby Mammoth has been murdered!  After identifying clues at the crime scene student evaluate their clues using information in the museum gallery.  Meet suspects and explore potential murder weapons! After the mystery, students can have a guided tour or enjoy free time. 

Gyotaku Fish Prints

To compliment our Gone Fishin’ exhibit we have purchased a set of rubber trout to make unique pieces of fishy art students can take home. Before making prints we explore fish life cycles and talk about stream ecology. 

Evolution and Natural Selection

We offer specialized activities for middle school and high school students that utilize our Evolving Idaho exhibit.  

K-12 Outreach Programs (Free within 30 miles of Pocatello, ID)

Teachers are faced with many challenges in the modern classroom, not the least of which are time and financial resources. If a visit to the Museum is not in your budget, the ERC can come to you! Our mobile museum is available to schools and qualified programs throughout the state to provide your students with a unique museum experience, without the travel. Contact the ERC for more information: 208-282-2195 

In the Classroom
Mammoth Murder MysteryMaking  Shark Whorl Cast
Make a Faux Fossil
Evolution by Natural Selection
Gyotaku Fish Printing
Monarch Butterfly Conservation
Bird Calls

In the Field
Bird Watching
Moth Party!Insect Collecting
Moth Parties
Stream Health
Guided Nature Hike


Educational Resources and Materials

Interactions with real specimens and artifacts provide meaningful learning experiences that last a lifetime. The ERC has an extensive library offering resources and materials to Idaho educators to supplement their existing curriculum and satisfy state standards. Books, videos, Discovery Boxes, and learning activity plans are available to educators and learning leaders within Idaho.  Contact the ERC for more information: 208-282-2195 

Rebecca Thorne- Ferrel Discovery Center

The Rebecca Thorne- Ferrel Discovery Center has long been a resource enjoyed by families, educators, and visitors of all ages. The free-choice learning environment provides children authentic experiences in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and inspires a love of science and an appreciation for lifelong learning.