The Age of Fishes Museum aims to stimulate and develop a students interest in fossils and broaden their understanding of how fossils tell us about the different kinds of organisms that lived on the earth and how they have replaced one another over geological time.
Earth and Environmental Science is presented in an easy to follow and entertaining way, designed to engage students' imagination and increase their skills in observing measuring, interpreting, communicating, researching and recording.
Learning outcomes vary with age and length of visit and will be influenced by the level of prior knowledge and pre-visit preparation.
Program content may include:
Visits and information are tailored to meet the student learning needs and ages.
The Age of Fishes Museum has a range of information programs. Resources and workbooks for Kindergarten to Year 12 have been developed to assist teachers . These will be emailed or forwarded to the school on confirmation of booking.
Teachers planning an educational group visit are invited to a free visit to the museum to preview the amazing things we have on offer.
Groups please book in advance.
There is excellent group accommodation fro schools at Eddy's of Canowindra.
Phone 0498 729 947
Mini (1-2 hour) fossil digs may also be organised externally by the one of our independent associates according to availability. Please click here.
These are exciting learning experiences for students which will awaken their interest and encourage them to further their studies.
On confirmation of visit a set of work sheets will be sent to the school.
What to bring:
Bring a clipboard and pen/pencil per student. If possible name tags should be prepared at school and worn on day.
Other times by arrangement
Wheel chair access and toilet facilities are available. The Education Den is fitted with a hearing loop.
Lunches are available by prior arrangement. Lunch must be ordered on the application form and paid for on the day unless cancelled 3 days before the visit. Alternatively bring your own lunch to enjoy in the outdoor area or a nearby park.
Teachers should ensure that their students are adequately supervised. The museum staff will provide a safe environment for all visitors. It would be appreciated if museum visitors treat exhibits with respect and due care.
Admission charges apply per student. Sessions are about one and a half hours. One adult per ten students visit free. Bus/coach drivers visit free.
You can't make it to us?
The Takeaway Fish is our travelling education program and includes hands on activities, casts, latex and real rocks. Like all our education programs it is flexible and can be adapted to suit the age group that we are working with.
Currently we use it for specific events such as Science in the City, Suburbs and Bush. But if you are interested in having the Takeaway Fish come to your school or event please get in contact with us to discuss options.
Independant Partner Activities
Are you interested in discovering what palaeontologists do, and learn about the techniques they use to find, extract, study and catalogue fossils?
If so, there is nothing quite as exhilarating as being the first person to dig up and set eyes on the fossil of a creature that lived millions of years ago and to learn more about it, its habitat and its significance.
Gondwana Dreaming, in conjunction with Age of Fishes Museum, offers a number of fossil dig options. These are run on a not-for-profit basis and help raise funds for the Age of Fishes museum.
Gondwana Dreaming P/L, PO Box 3017, Weston ACT 2611
Mid Lachlan Landcare
Mid Lachlan Landcare runs educational tours on local farms which demonstrate how understanding earth processes are important for the management of sustainable food production”
Mid Lachlan Landcare tours can cover a range of content for a variety of school subjects and student ages. Tours are flexible and can run from 90mins to 3 days.
Mid Lachlan Landcare tours can commence and end at the AOF and farm based field sites are available within a 5 minute drive of Canowindra.