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Our school programs align with the Utah State Science Core Curriculum. We do these programs in three formats: webcasts, in-house, and outreach!

See below to register.

Goodbye to the live animals at the Bean Museum

Watch the video below to learn more about webcasts.

Bean Museum Webcasts

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We are now scheduling in-house school programs for school groups coming to the museum. These programs will begin in January 2022 but you can sign up now by using the link below.


Our school programs are 30-45 minutes. If you would like to schedule a free, private education program, please read the following and schedule your program using the link provided.

Programs start 15 minutes after the hour and may be scheduled from 10:15 AM until 6:15 PM Monday - Friday. Saturday programs start 15 minutes after the hour and may be scheduled from 10:15 AM until 4:15 PM, except during the public programs which are 1PM and 3PM.

To schedule a school program for your group at the museum, click on the link below and select the date and time. Fill out the form as completely as possible. We can accommodate small groups and groups as large as 200. In-house programs must be requested at least ONE WEEK in advance and cannot be scheduled more than 4 months in advance.


For a small fee, we will bring one of our school programs to you.

Outreach programs cost $65. There will be an additional $25 distance fee if your location is over 20 miles away, and an additional $50 if your location is over 40 miles away. Additional outreach programs scheduled back to back (within 30 minutes) for the same day at the same location are $25 each.

To schedule an outreach program, click on the link below and select the date and time. Outreach programs must be requested at least two weeks in advance and cannot be scheduled more than 4 months in advance. A credit card will be required to secure your reservation but you will not be charged until after the outreach has occurred.


All webcast programs are free of charge. These are broadcast to your home or classroom using Zoom, Skype or Google Meet.

Current School Programs

Our current school programs are designed for specific grades in connection with the Utah State Science Core Curriculum. We no longer use live animals in our programs but we do include museum specimens for students to touch.

See a description of each program below:

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.

Needs of Living Things (Kindergarten)

Students will use specimens to play a matching game that compares the needs of living things, including plants, animals, and humans. They will also discuss where these plants and animals live in order to meet their needs. (Standard K.2.1, K.2.2)

Family Patterns (First Grade)

Students will compare and contrast a variety of different animal parents and their offspring. They will also observe patterns in animal behavior and identify relationships between the parents and the offspring. (Standard 1.2.3, 1.2.4)

Habitat Hunters (Second Grade)

An opportunity for students to explore various life sustaining factors and decide which habitat a particular organism might best live and survive in based on that organism’s adaptations. (Standard 2.2.1, 2.2.2)

Physical Traits (Third Grade)

Students will identify and analyze how various physical traits can affect the survival of an organism in certain environments. Includes a variety of hands-on specimens that students can use to make observations and enhance their learning. (Standard 3.2.3, 3.2.4)

Utah's Diversity (Fourth Grade)

A discussion of several Utah ecosystems including the kinds of plants and animals that occupy each ecosystem. This program involves an interactive discussion about three Utah ecosystems: wetlands, forests, and deserts. Students will help analyze each specimen and learn why they are found more commonly in one habitat versus another. (Standard 4.1.1, 4.1.2 )

Energy Matters (Fifth Grade)

In this program students will analyze how plants, animals, and decomposers obtain and use matter and energy. Students will also track the flow of energy through a variety of ecosystems using food chains and specimens. (Standard 5.3.1, 5.3.2, and 5.3.3)


This program is designed for all ages and covers learning standards from each grade K-6. Students will analyze an ecosystem and determine the needs of the organisms living there, the traits that allow them to survive, and the interactions between them.

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.