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Ask an expert! This unique program offers students the opportunity to interact with one of our world-renowned palaeontologists. Students are encouraged to ask curriculum-based questions, engage in discussions with our scientists, and find out the latest in palaeontology directly from those actually conducting the research!
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About This Program


Point to Point: $165.00
Point to Point Premium: $155.00

Please note that our Distance Learning Department will be closed from November 19 2018 to January 17 2019 due to the construction of an expansion here at the Museum. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you in the new year.


1.Click here to check our availability before submitting your booking request. The CILC calendar only shows CILC bookings and does not reflect our actual availability as we take bookings from our own website calendar. Failure to check our calendar may result in a delay of your booking request.

2. If you wish to connect using a videoconference unit (H.323 - Polycom, Cisco etc) you will need to select "One-Click Connect" in the Program Delivery Mode drop-down menu when booking.

3. Program fee: $165.00 CAD. Please note that payment is required by credit card and purchase orders are NOT accepted. Payment must be made prior to the program date. Failure to pay prior to the program date will result in the cancellation of your program.
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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

"Up Close and Palaeo" is available Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 to 16:00 MT due to the availability of staff. Please contact us directly regarding booking outside of these times as we may be able to accommodate you on a case-by-case basis. All bookings must be placed with minimum 7 BUSINESS days advance notice. Please click here to check our availability before you request a time. Once you have determined your date and time, you may return to CILC to complete your booking.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be granted for cancellation requests received at least 24 hours prior to your program.

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Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Canada)

Drumheller, Alberta

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is Canada's only museum dedicated to the science of palaeontology and to celebrating the history and spectacular diversity of life on Earth - from the tiniest grains of pollen to the mightiest dinosaur. Housing over 150,000 individual specimens, the Museum is internationally renowned for its palaeontological research, collection of extraordinary educational and scientific value, and dynamic galleries.
Through award-winning and innovative Distance Learning programs delivered from the Canadian Badlands, your students can connect to experts who will inspire them with creative, fun, and educational activities.

Our NEW Distance Learning Department is now open! We appreciate your patience during our closure!


Program Details


The program begins with an introduction to the palaeontologist and palaeontology. Then the students get a chance to identify some fossils from our collection and learn a little bit more about the palaeontologist’s field of study. Lastly, we'll take students' questions and the palaeontologist’s response may include supplemental multimedia (i.e. video, animation, images).


The participants will:

  • gain a greater understanding of the field of palaeontology
  • have the opportunity to engage in a discussion with an expert in palaeontology
  • gain a greater appreciation for the history of life on Earth and the historical resources associated with that history
  • gain knowledge regarding careers in palaeontology and museology

    Standards Alignment

    National Standards

    NS.9-12.1 - Science as Inquiry

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry

    NS.9-12.3 - Life Science
  • Molecular basis of heredity
  • Biological evolution
  • Interdependence of organisms
  • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
  • Behavior of organisms

    NS.9-12.4 - Earth and Space Science
  • Energy in the earth system
  • Geochemical cycles
  • Origin and evolution of the earth system
  • Origin and evolution of the universe

    NS.9-12.5 - Science and Technology
  • Abilities of technological design
  • Understandings about science and technology

    NS.9-12.6 - Personal and Social Perspectives
  • Population growth
  • Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

    NS.9-12.7 - History and Nature of Science
  • Science as a human endeavor
  • Nature of scientific knowledge
  • Historical perspectives

    State Standards

    Grade 9 - Science - Biological Diversity
    Grade 9 - Health - Life Roles and Career Development
    Grade 10 - Science 10 - Energy Flow in Global Systems
    Grade 11 - Science 20 - The Changing Earth & Changes in Living Systems
    Grade 11 - Biology 20 - The Biosphere
    Grade 12 - Biology 30 - Changes in Populations and Communities
    Grades 10-12 - C.A.L.M. - Career and Life choices