Nature Experienceship - Insects with Dr. Shawn Clark

Monday, September 26, 2016
It may have been difficult for us to get up at 9 am for our Nature Experienceship with Dr. Shawn Clark, but apparently it was even harder for the insects. Ectothermic animals heat themselves using the sun, so these creatures didn’t come out until it’s nice and warm outside. We explored the museum’s massive insect collection until it warmed up enough for some bugs to make an appearance. Once the sun came out, we made our way to Hobble Creek. We dredged the river, swept the bushes, stayed good and clear of the hornet’s nest, and filled our bottles with all sorts of insects.

It's All About The Birds

Monday, August 22, 2016
That's not just the bird, it's the BIRDS.  The Bean Museum is proud to present its newly renovated exhibit, the Morris Waterfowl Gallery.  Home to dozens of birds, including the mallard duck, wood duck, swan,  emperor goose, lesser flamingo, and much much more, this exhibit takes an artistic approach to displaying waterfowl.  Now, you can walk entirely through the room (most of the birds are now on mounts on the wall) to discover all sorts of fowl play...
If you haven't been in to see it yet - make sure you drop by to test your knowledge of your flying friends.
Remember, you penny hoarders - it's free!  There's hardly a better way to spend you Wednesday afternoons.

Live Animal Shows

Monday, August 15, 2016

Parents, teachers, scout leaders - school is about to be back in full swing, and you're busy looking for ways to keep the kids entertained.  Whether it's for pack night, field trip, or just to keep your children happy, the Bean Museum's Live Animal shows are a great option.
Our shows are designed and centered are the Utah Science State Core Curriculum.  Shows can be offered in-house or as an outreach at a location of your choosing.  Free public shows are held Monday-Friday at 7:30 in the auditorium of the museum.  Additionally, we hold public shows at 6:30 Monday for family night and Saturday at 1 and 3.  Shows typically last 30-45 minutes, and the current show schedule is as follows:
Free Weekly Show Schedule
Monday: Utah's Diversity at 6:30 PM and Adaptations at 7:30 PM
Tuesday: Adpatations at 7:30 PM
Wednesday: Utah's Diversity at 7:30 PM
Thursday: Classification at 7:30 PM
Friday: Adaptations at 7:30 PM
Saturday: Animal Discovery at 1 PM and Animal Comparisons at 3 PM.
Private shows may be scheduled here for a fee.  You can read about our shows online at this link.

Wildlife Adventures: Cave Crawlers

Monday, August 8, 2016

The adventure began on Tuesday when the young explorers came to the museum to learn the basics behind caves. We learned about the different types of caves, the many ways in which they can be formed as well as some of the animals that can be found inside! The kids even got to meet some of the museum’s live creepy crawlers to help them learn about cave insects!

After the lesson, things got a little batty as the kids decorated their very own flying bats and then got to work on their echolocation skills in a bat-themed game of marco polo (also known as “eek squeak”)!

Thursday’s trip began at 12:00pm, when our adventurers made their way to the trailhead of Timpanogos Cave. It was a warm day, but the cool breeze made it the perfect temperature for an adventure!

The hike was steep and stretched on for about a mile and a half, but the kids were determined to make it to the top!

After a little over an hour of hiking, we finally made it to the entrance of the cave! Upon entering, we learned that the oils in our fingers can do damage to the various cave formations and were very careful not to touch or break anything.

On the cave tour, the kids got to see firsthand the many different geological processes that we had talked about on Tuesday and they were very eager to learn more about caves from Ranger Curtis!

At the end of the day, our feet were aching and our bellies were hungry, but it’s pretty safe to say that everyone made a few special memories!

If you’re sad that you missed Cave Crawlers, make sure to join us for our Wildlife Adventure programs next summer! You can also visit the Bean Museum Monday through Friday 10-9 or Saturday 10-5 for some free educational fun!

Wildlife Adventures: Animal Occupations

Monday, August 1, 2016
Our focus for this week's Wildlife Adventures was animal occupations. On Tuesday, our adventurers learned about what it takes to be a zookeeper, wildlife rehabilitator, and wildlife biologist. We showed the kids what work we have to do in the Bean Museum's live animal room to keep all of our animals happy and healthy. They even got to see Mojo, our bearded dragon, eat some crickets. The rest of the afternoon was spent listening to special guest speakers. Brock McMillan, a BYU professor and wildlife biologist, came and showed the kids what he does with small mammal capture and release. Later, the kids got to meet live birds while Allie Leavitt and Jim Fowers talked about wildlife rehabilitation. Our adventurers got up close and personal to a red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, great horned owl, and Eurasian eagle owl! 

On Thursday we reviewed zookeeping by going to explore the wonders of Hogle Zoo. The kids got to experience how the animals are fed, trained, and cleaned, and see what a day in the life of a zookeeper is like.  We were able to introduce our young adventurers to all sorts of careers this weekend, and are excited to see them reach their goals!

Wildlife Adventures: Reptile Retreat

Monday, July 25, 2016

Another Wildlife Adventure Reptile Retreat has come and gone, and boy was it a blast! We had many boys participate this week as we learned all about the different kinds of reptiles and what makes them so special! They learned about all kinds of reptiles like turtles, tortoises, crocodiles, snakes, lizards, alligators, tuataras, and many more! The kids even got a few special guests to come and show them what being a reptile is all about! P.J. stopped by to show the kids what being a blue-tongued skink really means, and Monte Python came to represent what a live snake looks and acts like. After many games and activities, the kids were introduced to the next topic: dinosaurs! We explained that although dinosaurs are not reptiles, they lived during the same time, had similar ancestors, and shared many characteristics like horns, scales, and beaks. They were then able to go on their own personal dinosaur digs and find some dinosaur skeletons.

When it was time for Thursday’s field trip, the kids slithered up to the Thanksgiving Point Museum of Ancient Life to learn more about dinosaurs and reptiles through the ages! We started out by seeing a modern day reptile (a green iguana), before being transported back into time to the early days of reptiles and dinosaurs. There were many fun dinosaur skeletons and models for the kids to see and touch, and there was even an erosion pit for the kids to play in. They had the opportunity to create flash floods, canyons, meanders, and unearth hidden dinosaurs in the water and sand. However, that wasn’t even the best part of the field trip! The kids had the opportunity to become official junior paleontologists by prepping and cleaning their very own real fish fossil! As soon as they cleaned their fossil, they were able to take it home and show off their hard work. What a wild week! The kids had a roaring, hissing, slithering, good time and we hope to see more kids join us next year for this incredible opportunity!

Junior Naturalists...The Adventure Continues!

Friday, July 22, 2016

The 2016 Junior Naturalist Camp with Thanksgiving Point and the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum was an epic success this year! The boys and girls who attended were excited to learn about the process of creating bug and plant collections and assess the scientific findings that they made throughout the week. The camp started at Thanksgiving Point where the students learned how to discover nature by observing and recording what they found. Next, they were taught that being as descriptive as possible when they recorded the specimens they caught for the plant and bug collections would help them with their scientific studies later on. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the students came to the Bean Museum to learn the proper ways of collecting before they headed out to South Fork and Stewart Falls to capture their very own plants and insects. Using plant presses and containment vials, the kids stored the plants they picked and caught the insects they wanted for their collections. 

As the plants dried and the bugs chilled, the kids toured the many collection facilities that are available at the Bean Museum. Once they had learned all there was to know about the importance of creating collections, the kids returned to their own collections and learned how to properly prepare and display their plants and insects. They returned to Thanksgiving Point on Thursday to learn how to research and identify all of the specimens they had taken from South Fork and Stewart Falls, and how to incorporate the information into their collections. Friday was the big sharing day for the kids, where they returned to the Bean Museum once more to take their collections and their newfound knowledge and present to museum goers. The kids had the opportunity to teach museum guests everything they had learned throughout the week, as well as show them the collections they had personally created. By the time the Junior Naturalist camp was all over, the scientific world had gained eight young scientists into their community! The kids had an incredible time and loved all of the hard work they put into their collections. 

Join us next year for the chance to see your child transform into a full-blown scientist!

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