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Microscopic Zoo

What’s the attraction?

What amazing creatures live in a single drop of pond water? Students learn to prepare slides and zoom in on microscopic wonders like the stinging tentacles of a pint-size predator and the beating heart of a tiny, translucent crustacean. This program teaches microscope skills and gives insight into an incredible microscopic world. Topics include animal adaptations, aquatic ecology, habitats and scientific equipment.

This program is specifically designed for grades 4 through 8.

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Booking + Program Logistics

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Next Generation Science Standards

OMSI supports educators with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) requirements by providing corresponding programming, opportunities, and resources for them and their students.  Reach out to learn more about specific ways that OMSI experiences align with and support science standards.

Program Capacity

This program has capacity for 34 students per session.

Scheduling Requirements

This program has a two session minimum booking requirement.

Programs must be scheduled with at least two weeks’ advance notice. If you have questions, please contact us at 503.797.4661 or register@omsi.edu.

Space Requirements

This program requires access to a room with a water source.

Lab Fees

This program has an additional lab fee of $60.00 per day.

Travel Fees

We’re always willing and excited to come to you. Travel fees may be required and vary based on schedule and distance from the museum in Portland, OR. If you are located less than 40 miles from the museum, there are no travel fees.

OMSI plans regional trips throughout the year. Check out our Traveling Programs Map to see when we already plan to be in your region. If you are located more than 40 miles from the museum, travel fees are charged as follows:

  • By scheduling a program when we’re in your area (per our Traveling Program Map), each school pays $125 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 our Traveling Programs Map), each school is charged 55¢ per round-trip mile (subject to federal rate changes) and $125 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.

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