How is the Sam Noble Museum responding to COVID-19?
The Sam Noble Museum follows all University of Oklahoma guidelines. If those guidelines change for any reason, you will be notified. Click here for more information about the museum’s response to COVID-19.
A student is in grade/age ______. Can he or she participate in Paleo Expedition?
Students who apply for Paleo Expedition need to have completed the ninth grade (or equivalent) before the start of the program, and must between the ages of 14-17. Generally, students in grades 9, 10 or 11 qualify. Students can not turn 18 before the end of the program.
How do I apply?
Applications can be accessed on our website by clicking the “Apply Now” button on the ExplorOlogy® Paleo Expeditions page. Please print the completed application using the link provided on our website and send it back to us via mail, email or fax. The application consists of three sections: student, parent/guardian and teacher. A completed application will include all three sections. Applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed.
What are the next steps after I submit a completed application?
Once your completed application has been received, you will be sent information regarding your application status at the email address listed on the “Student Section.” Sixteen finalists will be chosen to participate in a virtual interview held on Zoom. Twelve students will then be selected to participate in the 2022 ExplorOlogy® Paleo Expedition program.
What is included in participation?
Paleo Expedition provides all lodging, meals, transportation and experiences to selected participants at no cost. Participants are also provided with an ExplorOlogy® backpack, water bottles, journal, and t-shirt. Participants must provide their own clothing, personal items, and a sleeping bag/pillow.
Where do participants stay?
Participants stay at a variety of locations during the program, including tents, hotels and even the museum itself. At each location, participants will always have access to restroom facilities and water, and will always be supervised by trained ExplorOlogy® staff.
How do we keep in touch with participants or parents/guardians during the program?
ExplorOlogy® will post updates from both educators and participants on our public Facebook page throughout the program for family and friends to follow along with the expedition. Participants will also have limited opportunities to email and call friends and family. Staff will always have a cell phone with them in case of emergencies, and parents/guardians will always be able to contact museum or ExplorOlogy® staff if necessary.
What if my student has special dietary or other needs?
We will make every effort to ensure our participants have the best possible experience. We ask that participants and their guardians talk with staff about any possible needs or concerns before the start of the program.
Can my student apply if they can’t attend the entire program?
No, participants are required to attend for the duration of the entire program.
Do participants need to have any prior knowledge before applying or attending?
No prior knowledge is necessary to participate or apply. Our participants usually have a wide range of interests and experience. The only thing participants need is to be willing to meet new people, learn new things and have fun!