Dissection Labs


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Dissection Labs

Animal Investigations


In our hands-on dissection labs, you can learn more about the inner workings of these creatures, including getting an up-close-and-personal look at some very unique animal adaptations. These labs are recommended for any visitors ages 6 and up. Please review the guidelines below for each level. Tools and safety gear (goggles, gloves) will be provided and must be utilized properly at all times. Please wear closed-toe shoes. These labs are add-on experiences that require the purchase of general admission tickets or a membership to attend.

Each Lab Fee admits up to two guests (e.g., 2 participants or 1 participant/1 observer), and includes a single dissection specimen, lab tools and safety gear. Guests under 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the lab. Due to space restrictions, we cannot accomodate additional guests. Membership or paid admission to Adventure Science Center is required.

Please Note:

All levels require that students are able to follow instructions and stay in their seats throughout the class. Please consider the maturity and motor skills of your learner when selecting a lab experience. Any specimen encountered in our lab will be preserved specimen that are no longer living. Laboratory and dissection activities will be conducted with consideration & appreciation for the organism. Any laboratory misconduct will result in being asked to leave the lab without refund.

Upcoming Labs:

Owl Pellet Dissection

LEVEL: Introductory

In this lab, we will learn about the eating habits of a bird of prey... an owl! Ideal for a learner participating in their first dissection or experiencing their first lab environment. Procedure will require use of tweezers. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Dates: Oct. 27 & Nov. 3
Cost: $8 members; $10 non-members 

Squid Dissection

LEVEL: Intermediate

In this lab, we will dissect squid, identifying organ systems and parts of the body, while investigating the characteristics that help squid survive in ocean environments. Learners should be somewhat familiar with a dissection lab environment. Procedure will require the use of dissection scissors, probe, and tweezers. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Dates: Nov. 10
Cost: $10 members; $12.50 non-members

Frog Dissection

LEVEL: Intermediate

In this lab, we will explore how different our froggy friends, from tongue to toe, as we focus on the digestive track of the frog. Learners should be somewhat familiar with a dissection lab environment. Procedure will require the use of dissection scissors, probe & tweezers. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Dates: Nov. 17
Cost: $10 members; $12.50 non-members

Dogfish Shark Dissections

LEVEL: Advanced

In this lab, we will locate, identify, & dissect external & internal parts of the shark, investigating the organ systems. Learners should be comfortable in a dissection lab environment and capable of cutting into these larger specimen with scalpels. Procedure will require use of scalpel, dissection scissors, probe and tweezers. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Dates: Nov. 24
Cost: $10 members; $12.50 non-members


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