Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest Educational Programmes

The Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest, one of our Role Models, invites all its young friends to take part in the educational programmes that will be taking place in the Museum during the weekend of 12th & 13th September 2020.

On Saturday 12th September children from the local communities will have the chance to travel 20 million years back through the educational programme “Deinotheria and Sequoias from the Lesvos Petrified Forest”. By exploring the exhibition halls and participating in play-based activities, they will discover the subtropical forest of the island and all the plants and animals that used to live in it. They will get to know the sequoias, the largest trees that lived on earth and indicators of the continental climate that prevailed in Aegiis 20 million years ago. They will also learn everything about the Lesvos Deinotherium, one of the oldest Proboscidean mammal fossils in Greece which lived 19 million years old, and will have the unique opportunity to meet the impressive life size model of the Deinotherium, with movement and sound effects. At the end, they will try to draw the Deinotherium themselves and create their own collage with the plants and animals of the Lesvos Petrified Forest.

The Lesvos Deinotherium life size model

On Sunday 13th September children will become young volcanologists at the educational programme Lets learn about volcanoes. After discovering the volcanoes of Lesvos and Greece, they will learn everything about how they were created, the phenomena and the processes that formed the current volcanic landscapes and the volcanic arc of Greece, as well as the global distribution of volcanoes. They will also search the permanent exhibition halls of the Museum in order to gather information about the relationship between the volcanoes of Lesvos and the creation of the Petrified Forest. At the end, they will create a volcanic eruption themselves by participating in the experiment of creating a volcano in miniature.

Learning about volcanoes

Both the educational programmes are addressed to children from 6 to 12 years old. During their implementation all the health protocols for Covid-19 will be strictly followed.