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Education & Learning

Schools (groups up to 25/30 students):

Theme - Introduction to 3 types of fossil preparation.

  1. Dinosaurs
  2. Megafauna
  3. Microfauna

To deliver our Schools Program, we have a dedicated Paleo Learning Centre where there are 10 dedicated fossil prep workstations, sieving area and another large work area for students to experience how to prepare either dinosaur or megafauna fossils and participate in other palaeontology or natural history related activities . Other activities we can offer schools include teaching students how to wet sieve the clay from around the megafauna bones in search of microfossils, tiny bones and teeth from small animals that lived around the gigantic extinct animals called megafauna. These are bizarre animals that came after the dinosaurs died. Using magilamps or school friendly microscopes, students sort through the cleaned sieved sediments for these tiny bones and teeth. Using USB microscopes the students can then view their discoveries and attempt to classify them into animal groups. All these activities can be modified to suit all ages. Before these activities start the school group will be taken on a guided tour through the museum to learn about how the world has changed over the past 100 million years, the story of the discovery of Australia’s largest dinosaur, visit both the dinosaur and megafauna fossil laboratories, learn about how we use digital scanning and printing to replicate the bones and skeleton of these dinosaurs, touch a piece of toe bone from a 95 million year old dinosaur, learn how to recognise dinosaur bone in the paddock and finally into a special climate controlled collection room to see the bones from Australia’s largest dinosaur and other fossils. Students will be seeing the real dinosaur and megafauna bones.

Student and Teacher Resources packages are available. We will ensure that we make it easy for teachers to link activities with KLAs from the Australian Curriculum and make their planning for the visit to this museum as simple as possible. Start 9am and finish 2.30pm. Contact us for more information 07 4656 3084 or [email protected]

Seniors (Super Seniors Program)

This is a flexible program delivered in the Paleo Learning Centre. The Super Seniors Program traditionally includes Australian Dinosaur Giants Tour, lunch and an hour long introduction on how to prepare and sort dinosaurs, megafauna and microfossils. Seniors will be able to work on dinosaur and megafauna fossils in the workstations, sort through sieved sediments for microfossils using magilamps and microscopes. We are happy to customise this program to suit the needs of the group. Contact us for more information 07 4656 3084 or [email protected]

Family Education Program

Delivered in the Paleo Learning Centre, this program is for families who want to do the Australian Dinosaur Giants Tour but also want to be able to do the introduction session on how prepare dinosaurs and megafauna. Often it will be only the children working on the fossils at the workstations and the parents are happy to sit and watch or the whole family to learn to prep together for an hour. Contact us for more information 07 4656 3084 or [email protected]

Outback Queensland School Subsidy Scheme

How much does each student receive?

The scheme provides a subsidy of up to $130 per student to assist financially toward a school camp in Outback Queensland.

The subsidy is paid directly to schools after having met the eligibility requirements for funding. 50% of the subsidy is paid upon approval of an application and the remaining 50% is paid after the excursion, upon receipt of a completed survey.

The payment is not meant to cover all costs. Funds are allocated to schools on a per-student basis at rates according to round-trip distance travelled. Funds must be used to reduce the costs for individual students.

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The subsidy rates (excluding GST) are as follows:

Distance travelled from school (round trip) Funds allocated per student
500 - 900 km $50 per student
1,000 - 1,499 km $75 per student
1,500 - 1,999 km $100 per student
2,000 km and over $130 per student


How can I apply?

Fill out the Application Form and send it via email to [email protected]. The form outlines the full eligibility requirements and terms and conditions of the subsidy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if a fossil site is discovered?

After looking at the fossils ensure all fragments are left where they were found in the field as this is crucial to discovering more bones in the same area. Do not disturb site but take a GPS reading and photos. If possible mark the site with a star picket and contact the Eromanga Natural History Museum for a scientific analysis.

Look at the ENHM on-line resources ‘How to recognise dinosaur sites in the Cooper Basin’.

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