BEGINNING IN THE FALL OF 2020, WE WILL BE UPDATING OUR SCHOOL PROGRAMS TO MATCH THE NEW UTAH STATE SCIENCE CORE CURRICULUM. WE WILL NO LONGER BE INCLUDING LIVE ANIMALS IN THESE PROGRAMS. WE WILL STILL INCLUDE MUSEUM SPECIMENS FOR STUDENTS TO TOUCH.
Animal Discovery (Preschool)
A quick, age-appropriate glance at Subphylum Vertebrata. Students will play a “game” and in the process discover new things about animals. This program is interactive and created specifically for kids under the age of 6. While we won’t limit group size, it will work much better for groups of 20 or less.
Animal Comparisons (Kindergarten)
Audience members play a game of "memory" to explore the differences between animal form and function. This is an inquiry based program that allows students to closely observe differences in body parts, body coverings, and specialized senses in many types of animals.
Classification (First Grade)
An opportunity for students to explore how and why scientists classify animals. Students will use inquiry to classify animals.
Habitat Hunters (Second Grade)
Students will explore different habitats and determine why certain plants and animals would or would not be able to survive in any particular environment.
Nature Interactions (Third Grade)
Teaching how living things interact with each other to produce mutually beneficial conditions. Plants and animals will be discussed and students will help determine how living and non-living things interact in nature.
Utah's Diversity (Fourth Grade)
Discussion of different ecosystems in Utah and the kind of plants and animals that live there. This will be an interactive discussion through each of Utah’s 3 main ecosystems: Wetlands, Forests, and Deserts. Students will help the educator analyze each specimen and learn why they are found more commonly in one area over another.
Adaptations (Fifth Grade)
Examining adaptations in plants and animals and how specific adaptations help species survive under varying conditions.
Vertebrate Variety (General Audience)
Participants will learn the distinguishing characteristics of the 5 vertebrate classes; fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. This program is meant for museum visitors of all ages and can be easily adapted for any size group.