Live Distance Learning Programs

New this Fall: Live Distance Learning Programs
Bring the Witte Museum to your Classroom

A new school year has begun, which means new opportunities for you and your students from the Witte Museum. This fall we are offering Distance Learning opportunities to connect and learn about nature, science and culture directly from your classroom! All Distance Learning programs will be presented Live with a Witte Museum Educator and will use a secure Zoom connection. 

Are you interested in booking a program? Our team will work with you to accommodate the best day and time to fit into your school schedule. Request your Distance Learning Program, here.  Do you have questions? Review our Distance Learning FAQ’s or contact our Reservations Team at Reservations@WitteMuseum.org or 210-357-1910.

We are also taking reservations for any of our in-person programming at the Museum. Modifications will be made to adhere to city and CDC guidelines for safety. Explore these offerings at www.WitteConnections.org.

Jump to Live Distance Learning

Connect with the Witte, Live! Each program is 45 minutes in length and includes an engaging program, Q&A time with a Witte Museum Educator and any downloadable materials necessary for participation.


Jump to Live Distance Learning: Enhanced Engagement

Are you ready to take your student’s learning to the next level? Book one of our enhanced engagement distance learning programs! Each program is 45 minutes in length and includes an activity kit for each student, an engaging hands-on program, Q&A time with a Museum Educator and any printed materials necessary for participation.


Jump to Live Distance Learning: Special Programming

Gallery Theater Presentations
Bring your studies to life with Gallery Theater, Live! Each presentation is 30 minutes in length and includes an engaging performance by a Witte Museum InterActor, Q&A time with the presenter and a downloadable activity sheet. 

Connecting to Collections
Are you ready to dive deeper into the science of museums? Our newest program, Connecting to Collections, will showcase the Witte Museum in an exciting and unique way. Each program is 45 minutes in length and includes an engaging presentation by a Museum Educator and special Q&A time with a Witte Museum Curator.


Live Distance Learning

Connect with the Witte, Live! Each program is 45 minutes in length and includes an engaging program, Q&A time with a Witte Museum Educator and any downloadable materials necessary for participation.

  • Maximum of 30 students
  • Cost $25 per class
  • Monday – Friday
  • 45 minute program offered as available from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Includes: Downloadable materials (varies by program)
  • All Live Distance Learning Programs are TEKS Aligned.

Programs Offered by Grade Level

Creature Features (Grades K – 2)

Cultivate critical thinking through an investigation of adaptation. Students will explore Texas ecosystems and make observations and hypotheses about animal features. Creature Features is sure to enhance your students’ interest and knowledge of the ecologically diverse state of Texas. 


Texas Rocks! (Grades K – 8)

Explore the natural sciences while discovering what rocks lie beneath the Texas soil and how they influence our unique landscapes. Content will vary appropriately by grade-level, but will include exploration of topics such as rock classification, erosion, weathering, mineral testing and more! 


Wild Habitats (Grades 3 – 5)

Explore the distinct ecological regions of Texas and investigate how animals survive and thrive in their unique habitats. Students will examine the food web and determine how living and non-living elements of habitat are interrelated. 


Painting the Pecos (Grades 4 – 7) 

How did people make paint thousands of years ago? Examine the ancient techniques used while discovering more about the early inhabitants of Texas, the people of the Pecos. Students will create a story about the land, sky and water while exploring the ideas of experimental archaeology and storytelling. 


Art for History’s Sake (Grades 4 – 7)

Discover how works of art reveal the story of life in 19th century Texas. Learn to look at art through the eyes of a historian to discover why we look at art to learn about history. Students will analyze artwork to draw conclusions about the history the art is telling.


Muscle Mechanics (Grades 6 – 8)

Uncover the muscles that keep your body moving. Explore the force, motion and energy of the simple and complex machines inside your body. Students will examine the musculoskeletal system using the Witte’s anatomy table technology. 


Eco-Challenge (Grades 6 – 8)

Connect the reasons why animals compete, survive and thrive in nature. Delve into why carnivores, herbivores and omnivores all have a place in a balanced ecosystem. Students will investigate balanced relationships in nature and will meet one of the animals that calls the Witte’s SWBC Live Lab home. 


Nature’s Network (Grades 9 – 12)

Find your place in the food web! Animal relationships are fundamental to the success of ecosystems. This program challenges students to understand how every living and non-living thing is connected on the planet by focusing on symbiotic, taxonomic and trophic systems.


Environmental Ethics (9 – 12)

Delve into environmental ethics and land stewardship. What role do environmental ethics play in a building project? Be prepared to debate with your classmates over a complex issue during a “town hall” meeting to determine if a new construction project is right for the different interest groups in your simulated community. 

Live Distance Learning – Enhanced Engagement 

Are you ready to take your student’s learning to the next level? Book one of our enhanced engagement distance learning programs! Each program is 45 minutes in length and includes an activity kit for each student, an engaging hands-on program, Q&A time with a Museum Educator and any printed materials necessary for participation.

Maximum of 30 students

  • Maximum of 30 students 
  • Cost: $35 per class + $3.00/student
  • Monday – Friday
  • 45 minute program offered as available from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • Includes: Activity kits and printed materials for each student (varies by program)*
  • All Live Distance Learning: Enhanced Engagement Programs are TEKS Aligned.

 

*Activity kits and printed materials will be available for pickup at the museum, delivery to one location within Bexar County, or can be mailed for an additional shipping fee. Please contact Reservations for more details.

Programs Offered by Grade Level

Texas Rocks! (Grades K – 8)

Explore the natural sciences while discovering what rocks lie beneath the Texas soil and how they influence our unique landscapes. Using their provided activity kit, students will engage with different types of rocks and minerals hands-on at the guidance of a Museum Educator. Content will vary appropriately by grade-level, but will include exploration of topics such as rock classification, erosion, weathering, mineral testing and more!


Painting the Pecos (Grades 4 – 7)

How did people make paint thousands of years ago? Students will examine the ancient techniques used by using their provided activity kit to make their own paint. Your class will then create a story about the land, sky and water, much as the people of the Pecos did 4,000 years ago. 

Live Distance Learning – Special Programming 

Gallery Theater Presentations

Bring your studies to life with Gallery Theater, Live! Each presentation is 30 minutes in length and includes an engaging performance by a Witte Museum InterActor, Q&A time with the presenter and a downloadable activity sheet.

  • Maximum of 60 students
  • Cost: $75 per class
  • Monday – Friday 
  • 30 minute program offered as available from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Includes: Downloadable activity sheet 

 

Captain Calcium (Grades K – 12) 

What kinds of bones do we have, why are they important and how do we keep them healthy? Join the superhero Captain Calcium to find out more!


Peristaltic Plumber (Grades K – 12)

Do you have a question about your digestion? Join the Peristaltic Plumber to find out how your food turns into poop!


Ropes and Brands (Grades K – 12) 

Explore how cowboys and vaqueros used ropes and brands on trail drives and ranches in Texas during the late 1800’s. Find out which of these practices are still used today!


Chuck Box Cuisine (Grades K – 12)

Find out who the “Bean Wrangler” is and what he might carry in his chuckbox on long trail drives across North America. Would you have what it takes to do this important job?


Dressing for the Job (Grades K – 12) 

How did cowboys and vaqueros dress to protect themselves during a hard day’s work? Discover how chaps, boots, hats and more played a vital role in the life of a Texas cowboy.


AgujaceraTalks (Grades K – 12) 

Meet Dr. Dug and our brand new baby Agujaceratops to find out what makes this particular dinosaur so special, all while discovering the role that paleontologists and geologists play in learning about the creatures of Texas’ past.

Connecting to Collections

Are you ready to dive deeper into the science of museums? Our newest program, Connecting to Collections, will showcase the Witte Museum in an exciting and unique way. Each program is 45 minutes in length and includes an engaging presentation by a Museum Educator and special Q&A time with a Witte Museum Curator.

  • Maximum of 30 students
  • Cost: $50 per class
  • Monday- Friday
  • 45 minute program offered as available from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Connecting to Collections (Grades 6 – 8)

How do we know what we know? Working with Witte curators and collections staff, students use primary sources to discover the skills and techniques the Witte uses to tell the story of land, sky and water.
Topics Available: Paleontology, Texas History, Art, Archaeology/Anthropology and Nature.