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We will remain closed for the 2020- 2021 academic year. 

If you currently have any Learning Collection materials in your possession, please hold onto those materials until further notice.  We will continue to monitor this situation closely and let you know as soon as possible when we are able to reopen to receive your materials.

Please do not purchase any new membership packages at this time.  

 

From a skunk specimen to SUE’s tooth to a ceremonial mask from Cameroon, the N. W. Harris Learning Collection at The Field Museum gives educators and parents a chance to take the Museum's collection to their classroom or home.  Borrow these specimens,  artifacts, and related curricular materials for up to one month, and when you return your borrowed treasures, peruse the over 100-year-old Learning Collection to take something new.

 

With over 400 unique exhibit cases (mini-dioramas) and 60 experience boxes (hands-on kits), your options are endless! 

 

Materials from the N. W. Harris Learning Collection at The Field Museum provide a unique and exciting way to engage students in scientific practices, develop critical thinking skills, and pique curiosity about Earth’s natural and cultural diversity. 

 

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  1. Carp

    Dive into ponds and streams east of the Rocky Mountains to find this fish, the largest American minnow. The Carp is distinguished by its saw-toothed spine and barbels, or "whiskers." Learn More
  2. Dogfish

    Observe the unique physical characteristics of this unmistakable fish. The hard bony head, slender form, and long back fin of the Dogfish can be spotted only in the quiet waters of the eastern United States. Learn More
  3. Mackerel

    Try and keep pace with this fish designed for speed. In order to outrun natural enemies like sharks, tuna, and swordfish, the Mackerel's streamlined anatomy is its only line of defense. Learn More
  4. Perch

    Take a dip in Lake Michigan and you might catch a glimpse of this common food fish. The body shape and coloration of the Perch and Yellow Pike Perch make it ideally suited for shallow plant-filled waters. Learn More
  5. Shark

    Take a dip in the cool waters off southern California and you might come across one of these sharks. The Hammerhead is just one member of the group Chondrichthyes, all of whom have jaws, paired fins, paired nostrils and a skeleton made of cartilage in common. Learn More
  6. Pike

    Inspect the mouthful of vicious teeth this fish has to have in order to capture the small fishes and birds it feeds on. The Pike is swift and voracious, and darts on its prey with such speed that escape is difficult. Learn More
  7. Wall-eyed Pike (1)

    You will find this fish only in the deep lakes of the Midwest. The Wall-eyed Pike is only a close relative of the Pike family. It is an important food for humans. Learn More
  8. Wall-eyed Pike (2)

    You will find this fish only in the deep lakes of the Midwest. The Wall-eyed Pike is only a close relative of the Pike family. It is an important food for humans. Learn More
  9. Rock Bass

    Check out the features of the abundant Rock Bass, found throughout the United States. The small size, and muddy taste of this member of the sunfish family make it a low priority for fishermen. Learn More
  10. Eel

    Eel


    Investigate the curious history and mysterious migratory habits of the Eel. Scientists have long wondered about this fish, whose long, snake-like form is shown here. Learn More

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