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Bio-boxes (Grades 6-12)

Because of short class periods, science classes in grades 6-12 may not be able to visit the Museum. With that in mind, the education staff of the Bean Life Science Museum has developed the "Bio-box" concept. Each Bio-box is designed around a specific biology theme from the state science core curriculum. The Bio-boxes allow us to bring the Museum’s unique and valuable resources to students unable to visit the Museum.

Each Bio-box contains mounted specimens from the museum’s education collection, as well as “biofacts.” Biofacts are biological artifacts, such as animal skin, feathers, eggs, antlers, bones, fruits, seeds, etc. Where applicable, the Bio-boxes will also include additional resources, such as field guides or DVDs. The final item in each box will be a teacher’s guide, which will give teachers an overview of the subject, a description of the Bio-box’s connection to specific core curriculum concepts, and ideas as to how the contents of the Bio-box can be incorporated into their lesson plans. The materials in each Bio-box can be used in a number of ways, whether as the topic of a single lesson or as supplemental material for an entire unit.

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Teacher Guides

You can download the teacher's guides with lesson and activity ideas below.

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Checkout Procedures

You can checkout a Bio-box by visiting our request page.

  • Delivery and pick-up service to schools in Utah County for $35. 
  • Without delivery service, use of the Bio-boxes is free, but there is a $25.00 refundable security deposit. 
  • Bio-boxes may be kept for up to two weeks at a time.
  • For each day the box is late, a $5.00 late fee will be assessed; if any items from the box are damaged or missing all, or some portion, of the deposit may be forfeited.


Before requesting a Bio-box be sure to check the corresponding calendar for availability. We do not consider requests more than 4 months in advance.

Adaptations Ecosystems