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Phipps Conservatory  Phipps Conservatory

All gardens and displays closed as of 8/23

Veggie Variation

Veggie Variation: the domestication of the brassicas

Do you know the veggies above? How many species do you think are represented here? They are so different (and taste so different too!) it's surprising to know they are all different breeds of the same species - Brassicaceae oleracea. Visit this new exhibit at Phipps Conservatory and use the lesson plan below to learn how domestication or artificial selection takes advantage of the natural variation in a species.

Download Lesson Plan for Grades K-3

Grab Your Mystery Seed!

Pick-up a mystery variety of basil plant to take home or school and discover which kind it is.
See what the different basils look like and find out why

Family Trees

The Gallery display "Family Trees," combines the ideas of Charles Darwin, Gregor Mendel, and Reginald Punnett. The lesson plans below explore the role of inheritance and asexual and sexual reproduction in evolution. More advanced students can use the planted Punnett squares and what genetics has explained that Darwin didn't know!

Download Lesson Plan for Grades 4-12

Also, sign-up for the Phipps classroom program "Family Trees" for middle and high-school students. Available here as well:

Download Classroom Experience for Grades 4-12

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Aviary  Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Fleshing Out Fossils

In the Galapagos Islands, Darwin studied fossils of extinct organisms and saw that they looked very similar to living organisms. This led him to realize that all organisms are related and come from common ancestors! Students will actively learn about the connection between anatomy and common descent as they handle and compare/contrast fossils, using the lesson plan as a guide. 

"Horse Evolution" Exploration Station

Explore the permanent exhibit at the CMNH of horse evolution with this new Exploration Station! Discover the differences between horses and their earlier relatives, and learn about how environment changes led to the evolution of the modern horse through a fun demonstration and hands-on activity!

February 28th 12:00-4:00 and run on Saturdays 12-4:00 until May 23rd, 2009.

Download Activity Guide

The innovative replicas were created by Pittsburgh company Mechanimal, who has been sculpting and building models for the museum for over a decade. Today they are able to use digital modeling to create durable and identical replicas of million-year old fossils!
Watch how the bone casts were made! (Photographer: Dani Kramer)

Also, visit the American Museum of Natural History's traveling exhibition, The Horse, to witness evidence for the evolution of the horse and the significance of the horse in human history.

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Darwin 2009: Exploration is Never Extinct!Presented by Regenerative Medicine Partnership in Education.

Darwin 2009 at Duquesne University

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Darwin 2009: Exploration is Never Extinct!
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Lesson Plans

Take your classroom on a field trip to discover Darwin! All lesson plans include a pre-visit lesson, a self-guided activity at the museum and a post-visit tour.
To download the lesson right click on the link and "Save target as..."

Academic Standards

PA State Standards For
Science and Technoloy

Phipps Conservatory

Veggie Variations
Grades K-3
Family Trees
Grades 4-12
Family Trees: Classroom
Experience - Grades 4-12

These lesson plans accompanied the exhibits Veggie Variation and Genetic Garden at Phipps Conservatory. For a version of these activities that you can do in your classroom, check out the national version of these lesson plans.