Ice Age Mammals Education Programs

Picture of Ice Age Mammal Exhibit from Museum of NatureTake a prehistoric journey to a landscape dominated by giant mammals and extreme climates. Welcome to Ice Age Mammals, a must see exhibit on loan from the Museum of Nature featuring a full Mastodon skeleton and natural artifacts from this epic era!

Booking Details

Dates Available: March 25th- June 27th

Length: 2 hours, can be booked in the morning or afternoon

Cost: $12 per student

To book contact Faryn Stanley at or call 705.742.7777 ext. 2475

Education Programs

We are excited to offer four different education program to complement this blockbuster exhibit! 

Ice Age Exploration- Kindergarten and Grade 1

Take a prehistoric journey to the Ice Age in this play based program! Grab your magnifying glass and animal backpack as we search for clues to learn about the giant mammals that lived and ruled during the Ice Age. Students will come face to a face with a full Mastodon skeleton and other natural artifacts to learn about the animals and climate of the time. After our scavenger hunt, students will rotate through play centers including an archaeological dig, and craft to take home. 

Curriculum Connections:

This program supports learning in section 2.4 of the Kindergarten Program, Thinking About Program Solving and Innovating.

Ice Age Mammals- Grades 1- 4

The Ice Age was a time where massive mammals such as Mastodons, Scimitar Cats and Giant Beavers ruled the Earth. In this program students will discover the attributes of these unique mammals and how they were able to survive the harsh climate of the time. Topics such as extinction, food chains, habitats and climate change will be introduced as students work in groups to become "Mammal Experts!" 

Curriculum Connections:

Grade 1: Understanding Life Systems Needs and Characteristics of Living Things- 1.1, 2.3, 3.4, 3.6

Grade 2:Understanding Life Systems Growth and Changes in Animals- 1.2, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2

Grade 3: Understanding Life Systems Growth and Changes in Plants- 3.6, 3.8

Grade 4: Understanding Life Systems Habitats and Communities- 1.2, 2.2, 2.5, 3.3, 3.6, 3.8

Rocks On! Ice Age- Grade 4

Discover Peterborough's geology as we study the rocks and minerals native to this area! Through this program students will discover how the climate change of the last Ice Age shaped the geography of Peterborough from its landscape to the life it continues to support. Students will go through a series of activities where they will test and categorize different minerals as well as examine fossils and learn how they were formed. 

Curriculum Connections: 

Understanding Earth and Space Systems Rocks and Minerals: 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 3.1

Climate Change- Grades 5-8

Did you know we are still in the last Ice Age? Though experiments and inquiry learning, students will discover how the Earth looked 20,000 years ago during the last cold period of the Ice Age. We will examine big questions like why does the Earth's climate change? How does an increase in temperature affect the continents, sea levels and wildlife? If the Earth's temperatures continue to rise what will our future world look like? And perhaps most importantly, how are humans contributing to climate change? 

Curriculum Connections:

Grade 5: People and Environments: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship- B2.1, B2.2, B2.3

Grade 6: People and Environments: Canada's Interactions with the Global Community- B1.3, B2.1, B2.2, B2.5, B2.6 

Grade 7: Physical Patterns in a Changing World: A2.2, A2.6. A3.5, A3.10 

Understanding Earth and Space Systems Heat in the Environment: Heat in the Environment: 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Grade 8: Global Settlement: Patterns and Sustainability- A1.2

Understand Earth and Space Systems Water Systems: 3.1, 3.4, 3.5