Dinomite Tour

Dinomite Field Trip

Journey through time, meet prehistoric giants, and learn the difference between a bone and a fossil! Explore Earth’s history. This trip is designed for students ages eight and younger.

We will wonder together: what is a fossil? How is it formed? Burpee educators will guide students through inquiry and discovery as we share real fossils to touch, dig deeper into exhibits, and come face to face with full dinosaurs. Walk through a life-size coal forest simulation and touch tiny prehistoric snails on your journey through time! Touch real fossils and interact with Burpee educators to explore the age of dinosaurs and more. Join us for a day outside the classroom as you tour our museum to support, reinforce, or expand classroom learning!

Key Concepts:
  • Fossil formation, dinosaursprehistoric plants & animals, animal needs, habitats, natural resources
  • Asking questions, making observations, analyzing and interpreting data

The program includes moving short distances in groups and sitting on the floor for discussion & activities. Chairs and/or tables are available upon request. Students may experience an animal encounter with a turtle or tortoise. We believe there should be no boundaries for your students’ Burpee Museum experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please get in touch with us at 815-965-3433. We look forward to assisting you.


Fees & Details

In-Person Tours:
  • $7.00 per student
  • $5.00 flat fee for chaperones
  • All staff are free of charge
  • $5.00 per class lunchroom fee
  • 60 minutes per tour
  • $1.00 per student for extra exploration time
  • Lab/Workshops add-ons are an extra charge
  • Lunchroom can be reserved (ask for details)
Virtual Tours:
  • $5.00 per student (Teachers are not charged)
  • About 45 minutes per tour
  • PLUS FREE UNLIMITED explore time after the tour (same month, same group. Teachers are no charge)

Virtual visits can be scheduled for AM, PM, or both, AND include a Burpee guide. Visits/explore time can happen in your classroom/home 24/7

Contact Us: For more important information about bringing your group to Burpee, contact us at 815-965-3433 Or By Email: nicole.hayes@burpee.org

Standards NGSS

  • DCI K-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
    • All animals need food in order to live and grow. They obtain their food from plants or from other animals. Plants need water and light to live and grow.
  • Science & Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data-Use observations (firsthand or from media) to describe patterns in the natural world in order to answer scientific questions.
  • Cross Cutting Concepts: 
    • Scientists look for patterns and order when making observations about the world.
    • Patterns in the natural and human-designed world can be observed and used as evidence.
1st Grade
  • DCI 1-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
    • LS1.A: All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water, and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow.
    • LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive.
    • LS1.D: Information Processing Animals have body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information needed for growth and survival. Animals respond to these inputs with behaviors that help them survive. Plants also respond to some external inputs.
  • Science & Engineering Practices: 
    • Analyzing and Interpreting Data- Use media to obtain scientific information to determine patterns in the natural world.
  • Cross-Cutting Concepts:
    • ​​​​​​Patterns- Patterns in the natural and human-designed world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.
    • Structure and Function- The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s)
2nd Grade
  • DCI 1-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits 
    • LS3.B: Variation of Traits Individuals of the same kind of plant or animal are recognizable as similar but can also vary in many ways.
  • 2-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity 
    • LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.
  • Science & Engineering Practices:
    • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations- Make observations (firsthand or from media) to collect data that can be used to make comparisons.
  • Cross Cutting Concepts
    • Patterns- Scientific Knowledge is Based on Empirical Evidence Scientists look for patterns and order when making observations about the world.
    • Structure and Function-The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).

How do I schedule a virtual visit?

Request a reservation online using the linked form. Soon, a member of our team will contact you to confirm the requested dates.


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Can Burpee teach at my school?

Yes! Burpee can join you by digital connection and/or in person! Burpee can come to your school event, provide on-site labs, or even teach multiple times for extended units!


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What else can we do at Burpee?

Burpee has four floors of exhibits to explore! A popular addition is a workshop or lab that coordinates with your field trip tour. There are in-person museum options as well as options to check out and take home!