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Education Programs at Coon Creek Science Center

Coon Creek Science Center

Available Monday through Saturday, March through November 

Closed December, January and February

A minimum of 15 paid participants and maximum of 35 are required to reserve a Coon Creek Field Excursion. Groups of less than 15 pay the minimum 15-participant rate. Chaperones are required (1 adult for every 10 students) and must remain with the group at all times. Food, drinks and transportation are not provided by the Pink Palace Family of Museums. Picnic tables are available on the grounds. Please dress appropriately for your outdoor excursion.

To book a field trip to Coon Creek, call 901.636.2362.

Fossil Fun with Ally Alligator

(Grades K – 2)  

Length:  90 MINUTES

Let our puppet Ally Alligator introduce your students to Coon Creek fossils and the famous Mosasaur (a swimming reptile that inhabited the site long ago). With the help of adults, students collect real fossils to take home. (One adult chaperone for every four students is required and will be admitted for free.)

Can You Dig It? Introduction To Coon Creek

(Grades 3 – 12)  

Length:  2 hours  

Discover the fascinating science of paleontology! Students are involved in an introductory discussion about the abundant fossils at the site. They learn to collect and prepare their own 70-million-year-old specimens. Participants are able to keep many of the fossils they find. 

Field Paleontology

(Grades 5 – 12)  

Length:  4 hours  

Engage your students in an in-depth study of the Cretaceous fossil deposits at Coon Creek as they learn about the ancient ocean environment of West Tennessee. Participants collect and study fossils from the creek bed, learn how to clean and preserve the fossils and are able to keep many of the fossils they find. 

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