Loaner Kits

Loan Policies: Kits are temporarily unavailable for loan

  • Educators interested in borrowing a kit must have attended a TMM-sponsored teacher workshop and/or have visited TMM with their students within the last 12 months of the request date. 
  • Loans are for a maximum of two weeks.
  • A maximum of two kits may be borrowed during a single loan period by each school or organization.
  • Borrowers are responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of kit materials damaged or lost during the loan period.
  • A $25 late fee will be charged per kit for loans returned after the scheduled due date.

To borrow a kit:

Contact TMM Education to request a kit. Be sure to include your preferred dates for picking up and returning the loaner kit. When you arrive at the museum to pick up your kit, you will be asked to complete a loan form confirming the condition of the kit and that you will be responsible for the kit container and its contents.

Borrowers must pick up and drop off loaner kits during regular business hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm).

Available kits include:

Burgess Shale Replicas

The collection of scientifically accurate models, based on the half-billion-year-old fossils of the Burgess Shale, includes five organisms that lived on the sea floor: Pikaia gracilens, Laggania cambria, Olenoides serratus, Opabinia regalis, and Wiwaxia corrugate.

Carnivoran Skulls

Includes dichotomous key and a set of the following skulls: bobcat, coyote, gray fox, striped skunk, ringtail, American badger, mink, American black bear, and northern raccoon.

Cat Skeleton

Complete disarticulated skeleton of a domestic cat.

Chicken Skeleton

Complete mounted and articulated skeleton of a chicken.

Dinosaur Trackway Mats

Reproduction of a Paluxy River dinosaur trackway pattern on a set of yoga mats, approximately 25 feet long and 11 feet wide. Kit includes one plastic theropod model and one plastic sauropod model to help students visualize the anatomy of the dinosaurs that left the tracks.

DNA-RNA Protein Synthesis Kit

Students use plastic, color-coded components to build a DNA molecule, replicate it, and use half of the “ladder” to build messenger RNA. Contains enough materials for 20 students working in pairs.

Evolution Timeline Play Mat

Illustrated walk-on play mat created by Charlie’s Playhouse.  Mat unfolds to 18 feet in length and includes activities for ages 4-10 years.

Mammal Scat Casts

Replica scat cast from field-collected scat deposited by a bat, bobcat, cottontail rabbit, coyote, gray fox, mouse, Virginia opossum, porcupine, northern raccoon, striped skunk, squirrel and white-tailed deer.

Mammal Skins

Set of 9 mammal pelts with fur. Kit includes American badger, bobcat, coyote, fox squirrel, gray fox, mink, northern raccoon, striped skunk and Virginia opossum.

Mammal Tracking Kit

Casts of mammal front and hind feet for tracking activities. Kit includes American badger, bobcat, cottontail rabbit, coyote, feral hog, gray squirrel, mink, nine-banded armadillo, northern raccoon, pocket gopher, porcupine, puma, striped skunk, Virginia opossum and white-tailed deer.

Predatory Mammal Skulls

A set of 4 coyote and 4 bobcat skulls for predator “bite” analysis.

Primate Phylogeny

Cast skull and whole body photograph of each of the following: Lemur, Symphalangus, Saimiri, Lagothrix, Macaca, Pan, Aotus, Papio, Callithrix, Homo. For analysis of primate evolutionary relationships.

Sauropod and Theropod Dinosaur Replicas

Set of 10 plastic replicas of each, representing Sauroposeidon and Acrocanthosaurus. Includes a book on how to draw dinosaurs. For use in track-making activities and as models in art projects.

Small Mammal Skulls of Texas

Students use a dichotomous key to identify the skulls of six small mammals commonly found in Texas. Skulls in the kit include armadillo, bobcat, raccoon, porcupine, coyote and opossum.

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