Before Your Field Trip
So you've booked a trip! What now? We provide everything you need to get the most out of your upcoming visit to the La Brea Tar Pits. Download lesson plans and activities to keep your students engaged, and Chaperone Guides to keep your adults organized.
A FIELD GUIDE FOR FIELD TRIPS
Preparing for your Field Trip to La Brea Tar Pits? This video will show you and your students what to expect on your Ice Age adventure! You’ll see what makes La Brea Tar Pits such a special place, and get some tips on how to make the most of your visit.
Created with schools in mind, these grade-specific lesson plans help students connect their museum experience with classroom curriculum.
Download lesson plans for grades K - 12
Looking for a museum map, park guide, or tips for your visit? Our Chaperone Guide has everything you need to stay organized. Click here for a printable PDF.
This short video will show you and your students how we excavate fossils from the tar pits. Make sure you stop by Project 23 during your trip to see our excavators in action!
VIRTUAL TAR PITS FIELD TRIP
Step inside our current excavation site in a virtual field trip presented by NOVA. You'll hear all about our latest research from La Brea excavators and educators, and learn the inside story of Project 23. Click here for the video.
Return to the Ice Age : La Brea Tar Pits Exploration Guide
This study guide covers everything you need to know about the La Brea Tar Pits, including information about the pits themselves, entrapment, excavation, Pleistocene flora and fauna, and human history as well. Click here to download a free copy.
SUGGESTED READING RESOURCES
Looking to take a piece of La Brea Tar Pits back to the classroom? Our Museum Store carries a wide variety of resources appropriate for all grade levels. Click here for a comprehensive reading list and pick up a book (or two!) during your next visit.
FIELD TRIPS ON THE METRO
Want to book a field trip to La Brea Tar Pits, but don't have a bus? Metro's Student Field Trip Program provides access to 20 approved destinations—including La Brea Tar Pits!
Sign up and be the first to hear about free educator events at the Tar Pits!
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