Monday, July 17, 2017

Wildlife Adventures: Reptile Retreat

This week campers gathered at the Bean Museum for Wildlife Adventure’s Reptile Retreat. On
Tuesday that kids learned about all sorts of reptiles and got to meet three of the Bean
Museum’s live reptiles! On Thursday the campers headed off to The Museum of Ancient Life at
Thanksgiving Point. Before reaching the museum, they made a pit stop at the BYU Museum of
Paleontology to see fossils collected from Utah and the surrounding areas. The kids loved
seeing BYU students at work chipping rock away from fossils in the museum. The kids had a
blast when we go to the Museum of Ancient Life. There were lots of hands-on activities that
helped the kids learn more about dinosaurs. The kids were amazed by the size of the dinosaur
skeletons! It was a very educational and fun week of camp!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Junior Naturalist Summer Camp Part 2

One of the many summer camps offered by the Monte L Bean Museum is the Junior Naturalist Summer Camp - a week long event in which we join with Thanksgiving Point to give children an opportunity to collect, identify and display a variety of plants and animals that can be found in the area! We visited a number of locations where the young scientists were able to search for and capture their very own bugs and plants! The youth then had the opportunity to learn how to pin the insects they had caught, allowing them to create a display box of insects - and many pressed plants - including all of their findings through the week. They were even given the chance to visit the private scientists in the Bean and see some professional insect and plant displays! Thanksgiving Point later helped them identify all that they had found, giving the children a fun chance to return to the Bean Museum and put all of their findings on display for - not only family and friends - but all visitors of the Bean Museum! It was truly a fun and gratifying experience!

Wildlife Adventures: The Bees Knees

 During the Bee’s Knees Wildlife Adventure, kids got to learn firsthand about honey bees. We went to a local beekeeper who took the children to view the hives from a distant. They could see the bees flying to and from the hives. He taught them about what the bees do in the winter and showed them how he collected honey. They were able to actually look at a portion of the hive and see how the bees make and store the honey. They were also able to try their own honeycomb. Yum!
We were also able to learn from our resident insect expert Shawn Clark. The children were able to tour one of our insect collections that are used for research. The children were able to choose and then view their own favorite insect and then many more different types of insects including praying mantises, cicadas, beetles, and other various insects.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

BYU Museum Camp

This past week the Bean Museum participated in the inaugural BYU Museum Camp with the intent of educating teenagers on the importance of museums and the critical role they play in education. Campers had the exciting opportunity to see life behind the scenes of the museum by touring exclusive research facilities and collections, talking to museum curators and researchers, and participating in a live animal show.
Museums play a crucial role in research, curation, and education. The Bean Museum strives to educate the public on both the facts and the importance of the life sciences. Our education programs, camps, and exhibits all function to make science fun and excite everyone to learn about and protect our planet. Check out our website for more summer camps, education opportunities, and live animal shows!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wildlife Adventures: Feathered Friends

Another awesome Wildlife Adventure kicked off this week with our annual ‘Feathered Friends’ camp! Beginning on Tuesday, our campers had the once in a lifetime opportunity to see some real birds from a local rescue, ranging from the exotic Macaw to the enormous Eurasian Eagle Owl. Our campers were even lucky enough to get to hold some of the smaller exotic birds! Thursday our campers took their enthusiasm to the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City. We got to see a whole assortment of birds, from Bald Eagles to Andean Condors to exotic Toucans! Some were even lucky enough to feed some of the exotic birds! At the end of the day, everyone was tired, but it was most likely a day they will never egret!



Friday, June 23, 2017

Wildlife Adventures: Rock On!

Wildlife Adventures this week rocked! Seriously. Our adventurers learned about how rocks are formed, what rocks are made of, the 3 types of rocks, and who studies rocks. On Tuesday we demonstrated how the 3 types of rocks are formed by doing an activity with crayon shavings. Sedimentary rocks are formed by weathering, erosion, and lots of pressure. Our campers made their own sedimentary rocks by getting different colors of crayon shavings and pressing and rubbing them until it became a "sedimentary rock". Igneous and metamorphic rocks are formed by heat and pressure, so with the help of some hot water, we were able to melt the crayon shavings together and let it cool. Once the adventurers understood how to identify the rocks, they went on a rock easter egg hunt to find rocks an try to identify the type of rock it was. Since fossils are found in sedimentary rocks, we also had the adventurers make their own fossils with air dry clay and dinosaur/bug toys.
Thursday was a fun field trip day. We explored the Eyring Science Center on campus. We were able to look at rocks, crystals, and some fossils. Each adventurer got a rock scavenger hunt so that they could find and check off things like "find a rock with something growing on it" throughout the day. After the Science Center we went to the Museum of Paleontology to see all of the fossils and skeletons they have from millions of years ago. Finally, we went outside to go on our own quest to find rocks. We hiked through rock canyon and along the Bonneville shoreline trail. Almost everyone completed their rock scavenger hunt, and three adventurers found the bonus: FOSSILS! It was a very successful field trip.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Junior Naturalist Summer Camp

The Bean Museum offers many opportunities to learn in fun ways during the summer through awesome summer camps. Junior Naturalist Summer Camp is one of the favorites because the kids get to spend part of the time at Thanksgiving Point and the other part at the Bean Museum. They learned what it is like to be a real scientist by going on a field trip on Tuesday to collect bugs and plants to start their own collection, just like the curators at the museum. Though butterflies can be tricky to catch, each kid was quick enough to catch two of them! On Wednesday they pinned their bugs and pressed and glued their plants so that they could identify the species. Friday they came to the Bean Museum to share what they learned with patrons at the museum. This process (collecting, preparing, identifying, and sharing) is how scientists experiment and study the natural world. Our campers did a great job with understanding and applying each of these steps. They could make excellent scientists some day!