To request a tour, please fill out our online School Group Tour Request Form. We will call or email to confirm your visit once we have received your form.
A diversity of tours are available here at the Pratt Museum. Our staff and docents can lead your students on a guided tour of the Museum and focus on topics of your choice.
(For information on tours for the general public, please visit Tour Reservations.)
The Pratt Museum’s marine gallery has 4 aquariums featuring living ocean creatures from Kachemak Bay. Hands-on labs can also be set up in this space allowing students the opportunity to hold sea stars, sea urchins and other marine life. Worksheets are available.
The Pratt Museum has a trail looping through the forest that is approximately one third of a mile long. Docent-led walks through the forest focus on the changing Kachemak Bay forest ecosystem and spruce beetle outbreaks. Traditional Alaska Native plant uses may also be discussed. Forest trail guides are available upon request.
Kachemak Bay is the homeland of both Dena’ina and Sugqiaq/Alutiiq people. Through the use of maps, exhibits, and artifacts students discuss the maritime cultures that have thrived in Kachemak Bay for thousands of years. Hands-on objects and artifacts are shared with the students. For older students (6th grade and up), the Pratt Museum has developed an archaeology lab. Students analyze artifacts and discuss what these primary sources can tell us about lifestyle of the people they belonged to. Worksheets are available.
Guided tours of the Pratt Museum’s Harrington Cabin transport students into a homesteading environment complete with local artifacts from local homesteads.
A follow-up homestead plot activity gives students hands-on experience creating a homestead of their own. Students identify what factors were critical to homesteading success.
off-site, summers only (6th grade through Adult)
Taking place at the Homer Small Boat Harbor, this docent-led tour focuses on the early history of Homer and the rich maritime history of Kachemak Bay. The different types of fishing boats are explained and the economic importance of fisheries is discussed.
(6th grade through Adult)
The Pratt Museum has an extensive collection of fine art created by Alaskan artists. Guided tours are available. Discussion focuses on technique, themes, function, different cultural perspectives, and the artist’s intent.
A mammal skull lab allows students a hands-on look at how an animal is adapted for survival in Kachemak Bay and how skulls are used for mammal classification. This lab is best suited for older students (4th grade through 12th grade) although the activity can be adapted to accommodate younger students if needed. The terms carnivore, herbivore and omnivore are covered and eye position and teeth type are discussed. Worksheets are available.
A marine mammal activity is also available. This hands-on activity focuses on how sea otters, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, grey whales, humpback whales, orcas and porpoises are adapted to survival. Worksheets are available.
(2nd through Adult)
The Pratt Museum has developed two bird adaptations labs that utilize the museum’s collection of taxidermy birds.
A Fascinating Feet lab explores the different kinds of feet birds have. Webbed, perching, climbing, feathered and talon feet are discussed. This lab is best suited for younger students. Worksheets are available.
The Winter Birds of Kachemak Bay lab is better suited for older students (5th grade and up). This lab focuses on 8 birds commonly observed at bird feeders throughout Kachemak Bay in the winter time. The habitat, food preferences and both behavioral and physical adaptations are discussed. Worksheets are available.
(1st grade through Adult)
The Pratt Museum has developed an Oil Spill lab that is broken into 3 stations. The first station or table is piled with items made from petroleum. The students are asked if they can identify any items that are not made out of petroleum. They are also asked if they think they could live for a month without petroleum. The second station or table has samples of oiled sediments collected from Prince William Sound. The students are asked to describe the samples and discuss whether or not oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill can still be found on Alaskan beaches today. The third station or table involves a mapping activity. Students label several locations on their maps and shade in the area of Alaska that was oiled in 1989.
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