Educational Resources

Guide to Outreach

To assist PS members interested in doing public outreach, the PS Education Committee has written a short pamphlet, “A Guide to Outreach: Engaging the Public with Paleontology“. This short guide will help you plan your own outreach efforts, from identifying key ideas to include to finding a venue and developing a specific activity. Bringing paleontology to new audiences can be tremendously rewarding for you and have a real impact on your participants. It’s also great fun! We hope you will be inspired to get out there and share your love of paleontology!

The Paleontology Portal

The Paleontology Portal includes a wide range of educational resources, including information on famous fossil localities, a gallery of photographs of fossils, information on paleontology careers, and interviews with paleontologists.

PaleoPortal Teachers’ Guide


Paleocast funded in part by the Paleontological Society

Palaeocast launched on Sept. 1, 2012!  This site, funded by a Paleontological Society Outreach and Education grant, provides podcasts in which paleontologists describe their research findings and a forum where you can discuss paleontological topics.  Check it out!

Evolution of Life Activites

Activities on various aspects of paleontology with some video demonstrations; check out the ELI blog as well for new ideas on all aspects of earth science learning.

Falls of the Ohio State Park

Downloadable do-at-home activities for kids, resources for teachers and other educational resources.

A Career in Paleontology

Learn more about what paleontologists do, how they are trained, and how you can become one!

Understanding Evolution

Award-winning website with great resources to learn more about how evolution works.

Understanding Science

Not sure just what sets science apart from other ways of understanding the world? Explore this website!

Explorations Through Time

A set of K-12 lessons on paleontology and geologic time distributed by the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

Hands-On Classroom Activities

The PS Education and Outreach Committee has developed these hands-on classroom activities for use by teachers, parents, and PS members engaged in outreach.  They may be downloaded and reproduced for educational use only.

Dinosaurs Big and Small [PDF 113 KB]
Geological Timeline [PDF 7.1 MB]
Measuring Fossils [PDF 107 KB]
Modeling Fossilization [PDF 115 KB]
My Favorite Dinosaur [PDF 118 KB]
Observing Fossils [PDF 109 KB]

Educational Brochures

Brachiopods [PDF 233 KB]
Bryozoan [PDF 149 KB]
Corals [PDF 232 KB]
Crinoids [PDF 211 KB]
Fossil Shark Teeth [PDF 101 KB]
Mollusks [PDF 180 KB]
Oldest Fossil Evidence of Life [PDF 175 KB]