Teacher Resources



Spend a Saturday morning at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and gain some unique experiences and skills to take back to your classroom. Our free weekend educator workshops explore teaching techniques and methodologies that will connect your students to active science in L.A. and meet NGSS and Common Core goals!


La Brea Webs Citizen Science Educator Workshop

Help researchers at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum investigate ice age food webs!

At this workshop, we will examine microfossils from Project 23 which were discovered when our neighbors, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), started construction on an underground parking garage. Microfossils can tell us a lot about the organisms that were living here tens of thousands of years ago while also helping us understand modern-day ecosystems. Citizen scientists are helping us sort and identify these microfossils, providing us with critical data about small mammals and plants. To learn more about our ice age food webs research, check out our new website

During the workshop, you'll also tour the lab and Project 23 excavation site, and work with museum scientists to sort fossil material and identify what you've found. 

Attendees of the workshop will have to opportunity to apply for microfossil sorting kits for use in your classroom!

Saturday, December 9, 2017
9 am - 12 pm

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Middle and high school teachers. We encourage multiple teachers from the same school to attend as a “team”, e.g., all the biology teachers at your school, especially if you plan to apply for microfossil sorting kits for your school.



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If you missed a workshop or just can't seem to find that one amazing handout, don't worry! Just click here to download resources from our past workshops. 


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