Dogs: Our Canine Companions

September 10th, 2000 - March 31st, 2003 | PROJECT

The Natural History of Museum of Los Angeles County will mount and administer a five (5) year tour of an exhibition, "Dogs: Our Canine Companions," which explores the evolution, behavior, diversity and cultural significance of dogs. Visitors to the 6,000 sq. ft. exhibit will gain a better knowledge of these familiar animals through a variety of componenets including hands-on displays, videos, graphic panels, computer-generated images, dioramas, fossil skeletons and educational curriculum materials. The exhibit will be divided into eight (8) sections. Throughout the sections there are recurring themes to unify the educational messages of the adaptive diversity of canids, the relationship between wild and domestic dogs, and the relationship between dogs and humans -- especially service dogs. The dissemination of DOGS will include presentations to groups and conferences, with particular emphasis on the exhibit's treatment of accessibility issues. There will be an extensive web site with animation, movies, sound and interactive elements to further enhance the effectiveness of the exhibit and the availability of educational materials. the final ancillary materials to accompany the traveling exhibition will be a theater production, a free-standing, self-contained learning center, an exhibit guide, and a CD-Rom. Formal education providers will benefit from workshops, curriculum guides, and teaching kits.

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Team Members

Linda Abraham, Principal Investigator, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Blaire Van Valkenburgh, Co-Principal Investigator, University of California, Los Angeles
Robert Wayne, Co-Principal Investigator, University of California, Los Angeles


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0072921
Funding Amount: 1298772


Access and Inclusion: People with Disabilities
Audience: Educators | Teachers | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Life science | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media