What is ACCESS Paleo
ACCESS Paleo is a collaborative partnership between UC Berkeley and Bay Area community colleges. UC Berkeley and the UC Museum of Paleontology work with community college faculty to build hands-on, specimen-based lab courses, each using dozens of fossils from the UC Museum of Paleontology. Each lab is built to specifically address the course learning goals of each partner college. Labs often fit into evolution and life history units of general biology courses, but ACCESS also builds labs for paleontology, botany, and historical geoscience courses, and will partner with any new course that sees the value in fossil-based learning.
ACCESS Paleo labs are scheduled whenever it is convenient for our partner colleges, frequently during a combined lecture and lab block of time in which students will have time to travel to campus, complete the lab, and return to their home campus within their normal schedule.
During their UC Berkeley campus visit, community college students are also given a tour of the UCMP collections. When requested, ACCESS Paleo organizes events for community college student groups (Women in STEM, and other academic and social gatherings) that include campus tours, tours of other museums, and question and answer sessions with student and faculty panels.