California Dinosaur Garden

Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 to Friday, September 30, 2022
Resource Type:
Project Descriptions
Environment Type: 
Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits, Parks, Outdoor, and Garden Exhibits
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Pre-K Children (0-5) | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Geoscience and geography | History/policy/law | Life science
Access and Inclusion: 
People with Disabilities
Organization:
Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
Description: 

The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will create the California Dinosaur Garden exhibition, an inclusive environment for children ages 3 to 11 that promotes science learning. The museum will employ sensory-rich storytelling and interactive experiences to engage children and their caregivers. Project activities will include the completion of initial concept designs and evaluation to inform exhibit development; design development, prototyping, and formative evaluation; and engaging external contractors to fabricate and install the exhibit. The exhibition will include prehistoric plants within a seasonal marsh landscape, interactive interpretive exhibits, a fossil dig, and life-size dinosaur sculptures. The project will also address the need for science learning experiences for children with disabilities by applying universal design principals such as wheelchair access to the garden experience, braille labels, and tactile, sensory-rich elements.

Funder(s): 
IMLS
Funding Program: 
Museums for America
Award Number: 
MA-10-19-0583-19
Funding Amount: 
$250,000

Team Members

Tina KeeganTina KeeganPrincipal Investigator

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