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Classroom Resources

ESTEAM Camp kids


Connect your students to museum content and research right in your classroom! These lesson plans and activities are designed to be used at your school site.

Nature Journaling and Nature Journal Handout
Process of Paleontology Sequencing Game and Answer Key

Lesson Plans
Grades 6 - 12 | L.A.'s Urban Carnivores: Mountain Lion 


Did you miss one of our free Educator Workshops? Spill coffee on those take-home materials? Don't worry! You'll find highlights of presentation slides from past Educator Workshops here.

Earth Science and Excavation at the Tar Pits
Extinction and the Tar Pits
iNaturalist 101
Process of Paleontology
Using the Outdoor Classroom

HOW TO's and additional resources

Want to join a Community Science project with your class or build a monarch waystation at your school? We’ve compiled our most loved and frequently requested “how to’s” and educator resource lists below.

How to Create a Community Science Field Site
How to Create an iNaturalist Account
How to Create a School Garden with California Native Plants
How to Join an iNaturalist Project
How to Plant a Monarch Waystation
How to Take Photos for iNaturalist
Carnivore Data Resource List for Your Classroom
Creating a Nature Center: NGSS Tie-Ins
La Brea Tar Pits: A Case Study of Extinction | California Education and the Environment Initiative
La Brea Tar Pits Geology Resource List
Tips for Teaching Outside
Using the Outdoor Classroom: Tips for Nature Observation
What are Visual Thinking Strategies?


Looking to take a piece of La Brea Tar Pits back to the classroom? Our Museum Store carries a wide variety of resources appropriate for all grade levels and teachers receive 10% off in the Museum Store with their teacher sticker! Pick up a book (or two!) during your next visit. Browse our suggested reading list. 


Step inside our current excavation site right from your classroom in this virtual field trip presented by NOVA. You'll hear all about our latest research from La Brea excavators and educators, and learn the inside story of Project 23 in this 30-minute webcast.