The 21st Annual Paleo-Knowledge Bowl
Torosaurus illustration by Armand Morgan.© 2006 Yale Peabody Museum. All rights reserved.


Hopkins School

The 21st Annual Paleo-Knowledge Bowl

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Open to 4th, 5th & 6th grade students and home-schooled students between the ages of 8 and 11.  The Paleo-Knowledge Bowl is not limited to Connecticut schools and all schools are welcome to participate. 


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The 2019 Competition

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History invites you to participate in the 21st Annual Paleo-Knowledge Bowl to be held Saturday, April 13, 2019!  This year the Paleo-Knowledge Bowl will kick off a week-long celebration of dinosaurs at the Peabody Museum - our popular "Dino Days" event.  Thanks to our partners at Hopkins School for sponsoring both this year's Paleo-Knowledge Bowl and Dino Days!

The Paleo-Knowledge Bowl is a competition for 4th, 5th and 6th students and home schooled students between the ages of 8 and 11.  Students work in teams of 3 to answer challenging questions about paleontology, with a special focus on dinosaurs.  Points are earned for correct answers and teams with the highest number of points will advance in the competition.  The public is invited to watch the final round which features the top four teams.


All contestants will receive a special Paleo-Knowledge Bowl T-shirt designed for the 2019 competition and a certificate of participation. Members of the winning team will be presented with a trophy for their school, family memberships to the Yale Peabody Museum, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Peabody Museum’s paleontology collections, and a special prize for each team member.  The second place team will also receive family memberships, a behind-the-scenes tour, and a special prize for each team member.  Team members on the third and fourth place teams will also receive a special prize.

Teams must be composed of three students from the same school or homeschool.  Teams may include an alternate but the alternate may not participate in the competition if all three regular team members are able to compete.  A student may participate for a maximum of three consecutive years and each school is limited to a maximum of three teams.  If there is a lot of interest at your school, consider holding a "play-off" competition to determine which students will represent your school in the Paleo-Knowledge Bowl this year.  Participation is limited to 20 teams, with registrations accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Tentative Schedule for the Day

8:30am - Team Check-In

9:00am - Welcome Orientation

9:45am - Round 1

11:00am - Round 2

12:00pm - Lunch Break (bring your own or use area restaurants)

1:15pm - Final Round

2:15pm - Award Ceremony


What kind of questions are asked? Find out here.


Research Day at Hopkins School

Hopkins School invites all registered participants to Paleo-Knowledge Bowl Research Day at Hopkins on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.  An on-line Paleo-Knowledge Research Guide will also be made available to registered teams through Hopkins School.  Hopkins School is located at 986 Forest Road, New Haven, CT.  Visit Hopkins for directions to the school.



This year's competition is limited to 20 teams, with a registration deadline of midnight on April 1.  A principal, teacher or coach must submit the registration form.  Registration is not complete until the registration fee is received.  A confirmation e-mail will be sent when all registration materials have been received.


To register, complete the on-line Registration Form  and mail a check for $30 for each team to the following address:


Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Office of School & Teacher Engagement

P.O. Box 208118

New Haven, CT 06520-8118

Attn: Paleo-Knowledge Bowl


Make check payable to Yale Peabody Museum.  Deadline for all entries and payments is April 1.


Download our event flyer

Download a paper copy of the Registration Form


For questions and information, email or call 203-432-0944.

The Yale Peabody Museum reserves the right to change eligibility requirements in advance of the next competition.