Programs Brochure

Education Philosophy


The mission of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is to educate our students and patrons concerning the intricate relationships and processes indicative of biological systems. Using a combination of in-house and outreach programs, we are committed to teaching children and adults alike about the natural world and what they can do to conserve it. The Museum's education philosophy embodies these purposes.

Bean Life Science Museum Education Philosophy

The M.L. Bean Life Science Museum serves as a unique venue for inviting the public to explore and contemplate intricate biological relationships and processes. To this end, we are committed to:

  1. Providing significant opportunities for our students and patrons to develop an accurate understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
  2. Developing meaningful educational programs for BYU students, the community, public and private schools, scout groups, and families.
  3. Coordinating and administering effective outreach and in-house programs and activities based on the Utah State Office of Education core science curriculum standards.
  4. Nurturing curiosity and respect for the beauty and life-sustaining functions of the natural world.

Museum Education Enhancement Partnership (PDF)


Education Policies


In-house (Not Applicable during closure)

  • Private shows may be scheduled during regular operating hours beginning at 15 minutes after the hour (10:15, 11:15 etc.).
  • Requests must be submitted at least one week in advance.
  • In-house live animal shows are free of charge.
  • Teachers or other adult supervisors are requested to fill out a feedback form after viewing a show.
  • There is a limit of 200 students per group.
  • Parking is available for buses in the Marriott Center parking lot (north of the Museum). Before parking, buses may drop off students in front of the Museum (south side).
  • Food is not allowed inside the Museum.


  • This format allows museum educators to present live animal shows from the museum to your home or classroom.
  • Webcast shows are free and available using Skype © software.
  • Wired Internet connections are generally better than wireless.
  • A projector set-up with a speaker system will work best for large groups.
  • You can schedule these shows using our online request form.


  • A museum educator will travel to the school or other location and present the live animal show.
  • Outreach shows must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
  • The cost for an outreach show is $45 for schools within Utah County and $65 for those outside the county. Additional shows back to back shows can be discounted to $15 dollars a show. Each show must be within a reasonable amount of time of each other.

Family Home Evenings

  • Every Monday night we hold two public shows at the museum at 6:30 and 7:30 PM (not applicable during closure)
  • We also present two free outreach shows on Monday nights.
    • FHE outreaches must be for groups with at least 15 people.
    • FHE outreaches will only be for groups in the Provo city.
    • FHE outreaches are reserved on a first come, first serve basis according to when the group books the appointment online.


  • All live animal shows must be requested online by filling out the designated form.
  • Patrons should receive a confirmation email within two working days. Patrons requesting an outreach show will receive a second confirmation email once an educator has been assigned to cover the specific show. This second email will also include an invoice.
  • Payment is due at the time of the show.
  • Shows may not be scheduled during holidays. Please check the Museum website for adjusted hours.
  • Due to staffing issues, outreach shows may not be scheduled during the University final exam week.

EXHIBITS TOURS (Not applicable during closure)

  • Exhibit tours are for small groups, no larger than 15 people.
  • The tour lasts 30-45 minutes and will start at 15 minutes after the hour (10:15, 11:15 etc.).
  • These tours can be requested on our website.


  • Nature Experienceships are for anyone age 12 and older (including adults).
  • They are held on Saturday mornings and cost $12 per person.
  • We typically hold two Nature Experienceships a semester.


The purpose of the Bio-Box is to provide educators with museum resources when a field trip is not a practical option. BYU biology students and teachers created the Bio-Boxes to help in-service teachers explain difficult biological concepts using hands-on resources from the museum. The ideas and activities in the Bio-Boxes align with the USOE Biology guidelines. These boxes are the culmination of many months of hard work and contain many irreplaceable museum materials. The following are policy for use of this resource:
  • $25 refundable deposit at check-out
  • Damages not attributed to normal wear and tear will be deducted from the deposit
  • Check-out period is for two weeks
  • $5 per day late fee after the the designated due date
  • When returning the Bio-Box, an appointment must be set up to review the contents of the Bio-Box with a museum employee.
  • Teachers are expected to check through the inventory for lost of damaged items before returning the Bio-Box to the museum.
  • Check-out is on Mondays from 3-5 PM and check-in is on Fridays from 3-5 pm
  • Teachers should fill out a general feedback form here to help us know how to improve the various bio-box activities.