Canadian High School GEAR UP students visit the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 20, 2015) – Canadian High School GEAR UP recently toured the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History located on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman.

Students were amazed as they walked into through the 50,000 square feet of galleries open to the public. OU student Allison Breasnor began the tour in the Orientation Center of the Museum. Breasnor, a biology student at OU, provided a brief orientation to the museum’s contents. Canadian students were divided into groups with sponsors and observed many exhibits.

The Hall of Ancient Life contained a large sculpture of a Columbian mammoth. The sculpture was so large that the Museum had to erect the glass walls after it was in place. The next exhibit in the Hall contained two dinosaurs fighting to the death. The students were impressed with the large skeleton of the “deceptive lizard,” the Apatosaurus. Two stories tall, the Apatosaurus was one of the tallest dinosaurs. Students read about a dinosaur native to Oklahoma during the prehistoric days, called the Saurophaganax.

Some of the students viewed a model of the Earth and its formation. Students also looked at information on the walls of the Paleozoic area, which explained how scientists used plate techtonics to date how old the fossils and rocks were.

In the center of the Museum, students found the very impressive 40–foot–long neck, the Sauroposeidon proteles, world’s tallest dinosaur. The dinosaur is an Oklahoma native. Several neck bones of the one–of–a–kind specimen were unearthed in southeast Oklahoma. Each neck bone measures more than 3 feet in length, but is surprisingly lightweight. Several students rode museum’s glass dinovators to meet face–to–face with Sauroposeidon proteles.

In the Hall of Natural Wonders, many of the students wanted to go through the limestone cave exhibit. The cave provided a glimpse of the life of bats, blind crayfish, stalagmites, stalactites and other creatures /formations that make their homes in near to total darkness.

In the Ozark Highlands diorama, the students were intrigued by the oak and hickory branches arched overhead. They were surrounded by the sound of birdsong and rushing water. They enjoyed displays of bears, wolves, snakes, and other forest life.

“This was a magnificent field trip,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Lori Douglas. “The students enjoyed the museum and learned some interesting facts at the same time. Oklahoma is fortunate to have such a collection of artifacts so close.”

The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Participating schools take two field trips each academic year—one to tour a college or university and one that is cultural/educational in nature.

From left to right: Canadian Counselor Kelli Hopper, Candian English Teacher Anna Peery, Canadian Principal David Smith, McKaelynn Reed–Binder, Jenna Russell, Colton Luna, Tyler Gorbet, Josh Eldridge, Kaitlin Rigsby, Levi Stowers, Ashton Weidner, Hunter Harris, Aaron Stowers, Dominic Hernandez, Shawn Young, Megan Newman, McKenna January, Kelci Davis, Daniel Lenox, Hayden Hopper, Maddie Pitts, Micah Elrod, Regan Boggs, Jonathan Cox, Max Luethje, Canadian Math Teacher Corey Pitts, Caleb Thomas, Brandon Rute, Canadian Math/Science Teacher Letha Pitts, Madison Martin, Jayton Gideon, Trenton Grogan, Gerardo Lee, Anna Johnson, Paul Clark, Neva Northcutt, Lily Romero, Randy Gray and Karisa Sizemore.

Canadian GEAR UP junior Micah Elrod observes the preserved remains of Oklahoma fish.

Canadian sophomores Colton Luna and Randy Gray enter the Limestone Cave to observe the night life of bats.

Kelci Davis, McKenna January and Dominic Hernandez pose in front of the Sea Life history display at the Sam Noble Museum.

Canadian GEAR UP students Tyler Gorbet, Regan Boggs and Micah Elrod have a little fun at the Arthropods exhibit at the Sam Noble Museum.

GEAR UP students Hayden Hopper, Maddie Pitts and Regan Boggs prepare for the “Dinosaur Dig.”

Canadian GEAR UP sophomores Lily Romero and Neva Northcutt find the skeletal fossil of a prehistoric fish both amazing and creepy.

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