Skulls Lab

Compare mammal skulls and determine the adaptations that have allowed the animal to survive as a predator or prey. Learn how to hypothesize an animal's diet from knowledge of its teeth, read clues to distinguish between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, and use your observation skills to identify unknown skulls.

Complement this program with a hike or schoolyard exploration while looking for signs left behind by primary and secondary consumers, determine the food chains involved, and link these chains to create the diverse food web of this ecosystem.

*This program can be taught outside in your schoolyard following all COVID-safe guidelines. Or, invite one of our experienced teacher naturalists into your online class.

Program Location(s):

Wachusett Meadow, Princeton
Your school or other location


4, 5, 6


  • At Sanctuary $4/student/guided hour;
    At School (Classroom Program or Hike)$4.50/student/hour;
    Minimum 12 students for pricing purposes;
    Auditorium Program At School $125/hour; $95/hour for additional programs same day

Curriculum Frameworks:

4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web

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