Journey Through the Jungle

 
103 Rowe Hall
Central Michigan University
Museum of Cultural and Natural History
 
"Journey Through the Jungle: A Fascinating Look at Life in the Rainforest" is on display through December 14th at CMU's Museum of Cultural and Natural History. The exhibit includes photos and displays of plants and animals that live in the rainforest, live critters and a display on rainforest conservation. The exhibit features a large children's section that includes a replica bat cave and tribal hut, passports for kids to earn stickers at each station they visit, and several hands-on activities.
 
For more information, contact the museum at (989) 774-3829 or cmuseum@cmich.edu.
 
 
Special Programs
 
Special groups of no more than 28 students can book the following activities either in addition to their Journey Through the Jungle tour or separate from the tour. Not all activities require the same about of time.
 
Grades K-2: Parent/Baby Match
Students will match pictures of adult animals and their offspring. This activity takes about 15 minutes.
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Grades K-2: The Great Kapok Tree
Students will learn that many animals in the rainforest are dependent upon the kapok tree as they listen to and interact with the story, The Great Kapok Tree, by Lynn Cherry. Students will also learn about the problem of deforestation. This activity can also include a writing experience. This activity takes about 20 minutes without the writing experience.
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Grades 3-4: Plant/Animal Classification
Students will experience classification as something that scientists do and will classify plants and animals individually and in small groups into several different categories. This activity takes about 30 minutes.
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Grades 3-4: Rainforest Food Chain/Food Web
Students will learn how several animals in the rainforest are dependent upon the kapok tree and will form food chains and food webs as they listen to the story, The Great Kapok Tree, by Lynn Cherry. Students also will learn about the problem of deforestation. This activity can also include a writing experience. This activity takes about 20 minutes without the writing activity.
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Grades 5-6: Rainforest Food Chain/Food Web
This is a much more complex activity than the one for grades 3-4. Students will simulate food chains and food webs, mutualistic relationships, and what happens in the tropical rainforest if a species is removed. This activity takes about 45 minutes.
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Exhibit Hours

Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed during university holidays and breaks.

Admission

General admission to the Journey Through the Jungle exhibit is free and open to the public. Teachers and those wishing to book group tours should contact Tricia Kierst at 989-774-3829 for scheduling and pricing information.

Location & Parking

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Photos

Children enter the replica bat cave at the Journey Through the Jungle exhibit. 

Visitors use flashlights to explore the Journey Through the Jungle exhibit. 

 





 Children visit the replica grass hut at the Journey Through the Jungle exhibit.



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