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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wildlife Adventures Week Two - Rock On!

We had a rockin' week here at the Bean Museum with week two of our WILDLIFE ADVENTURES program! For our Tuesday class this week, we discussed the importance of rocks in everyday life, the difference between rocks and minerals, various types of rocks, the meaning of igneous/metamorphic/sedimentary, and the wonder of the rock cycle. We even went on a treasure hunt and found all sorts of different rocks to classify! Ask us the difference between black tourmaline and obsidian, and we can tell you!

Our Thursday field trip was a blast! We went to the Museum of Paleontology here at BYU to discover how sedimentary rocks can contain fossils and clues to the past. We then visited Rock Canyon Park and Bridal Veil Falls to look at different sediment samples and observe erosion and the rock cycle in motion. Here you can see some pictures of us beginning our rock cycle scavenger hunt at the base of Bridal Veil Falls. It was my favorite part of the week by a landslide!

Watson: Holmes! What kind of rock is this!
Holmes: Sedimentary, my dear Watson. 




Check back this week to read about our "Bee's Knees" adventure! It's still not too late to register for some of our later programs this summer!

Reptile Retreat - July 15 & 17
Feathered Friends - July 29 & Aug 1
Cave Crawlers - Aug 5 & 7

As always, come and visit the Bean Museum Monday through Friday from 10 - 9 and Saturday from 10 - 5 for free summer fun!

Hailey
Museum Educator

Friday, June 27, 2014

Wildlife Adventures Week One - Water Wildlife!

Wow! We had an incredible first week of our summer WILDLIFE ADVENTURES program here at the Bean Museum. On Tuesday, we learned all about what a wetland is, why they are so important, and what kinds of plants and animals live there. Thanks to the incredible Education Collection here at the Bean, we could look at and touch all sorts of wetland specimens: muskrat, caiman, weasel, duck, mink, Woodhouse toad, rainbow trout, and so much more. Even some of our live animals came out for the experience, like Lemon the Pac-Man frog and Houdini the Ornate Box turtle!

After becoming wetland experts on Tuesday, we ventured to the Provo River Restoration Project in Wasatch County on Thursday to spot all sorts of wildlife in their natural habitat. We saw everything from coyote prints to garter snakes, from mink to blackbirds! Check out the photographic proof of our adventure!


Can you spot the garter snake sunning himself on the rock?


A family of goslings for an afternoon swim.


A mink pup! He came right up to us to say hello, before his mother came to drag him off! (Probably to remind him not to talk to strangers!)


Cattails and a yellow-headed blackbird in the distance.


A caterpillar who tried to hitchhike with us. Smile little guy!


A beautiful day at the pond.


Josh was an excellent tour guide. Thanks Josh!


A beaver has done some damage to this log here. They have to always be chewing on something or their teeth would grow forever!

Stay tuned for more pictures and news about Wildlife Adventures for the rest of the summer! It's not too late to register for some of our later programs. Coming up....

The Bee's Knees - July 8 & 10
Reptile Retreat - July 15 & 17
Feathered Friends - July 29 & Aug 1
Cave Crawlers - Aug 5 & 7

For more summer fun, come and visit the Bean Museum, Monday through Saturday!

Hailey
Museum Educator

Friday, June 6, 2014

Conservation Kids vs. Toxic Waste Part 3: Recycle





Part 3 of Conservation Kids vs. Toxic Waste - Recycle


Don't forget to visit the Bean Museum Saturday, June 7th from 10AM - 5PM for our big opening event and on Monday, June 9th for our special family night from 5-9 PM.




We will have the following activities planned for both events:

  • Crafts for kids - decorate your own reusable shopping bag!
  • Take a photo with Superheros "Katy & Ken, the Conservation Kids"
  • Live Animal Shows (1 & 3 PM on Saturday, 6:30 & 7:30 PM on Monday)
  • T-shirt give-away - Post a picture to Facebook or Instagram that shows how you "Protect Your Planet!" You might be recycling, cleaning up your local park, using reusable grocery bags... get creative! Tag the museum (@beanmuseum on Instagram) and you will be able to pick up your free t-shirt at the opening event!!! Use the hashtag #conservationcontest
    • PICTURES MUST BE POSTED BY MIDNIGHT ON JUNE 6TH!!! Please indicate what size you'd like!


As always, you can request an outreach live animal show on our website. We are now also accepting requests for in-house live animal shows (after June 9th). We will still offer one free outreach on Monday nights for FHE (see website for details and restrictions) and our webcast live animal shows.

We are also offering Wildlife Adventures this summer for kids ages 6-12 with the following fun field trips:
Week 1            June 17 and 19          WATER WILDLIFE (Provo River & Utah Lake)
Week 2            June 24 and 26          ROCK ON (Stewart Falls or Cascade Springs)
Week 3            July 8 and 10             THE BEE'S KNEES (Local Beekeeper)
Week 4            July 15 and 17           REPTILE RETREAT (Thanksgiving Point Museum of Ancient Life)
Week 5            July 29 and Aug 1     FEATHERED FRIENDS (Tracy Aviary)
Week 6            Aug 5 and 7               CAVE CRAWLERS (Timpanogos Cave)


We hope to see you soon!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Conservation Kids vs. Toxic Waste Part 2: Reuse


Part 2 of Conservation Kids vs. Toxic Waste - Part 2


Don't forget to visit the Bean Museum on Saturday, June 7th from 10AM - 5PM for our big opening event and on Monday, June 9th for our special family night from 5-9 PM.




We will have the following activities planned for both events:

  • Crafts for kids - decorate your own reusable shopping bag!
  • Take a photo with Superheros "Katy & Ken, the Conservation Kids"
  • Live Animal Shows (1 & 3 PM on Saturday, 6:30 & 7:30 PM on Monday)
  • T-shirt give-away - Post a picture to Facebook or Instagram that shows how you "Protect Your Planet!" You might be recycling, cleaning up your local park, using reusable grocery bags... get creative! Tag the museum (@beanmuseum on Instagram) and you will be able to pick up your free t-shirt at the opening event!!! Use the hashtag #conservationcontest


As always, you can request an outreach live animal show on our website. We are now also accepting requests for in-house live animal shows (after June 9th). We will still offer one free outreach on Monday nights for FHE (see website for details and restrictions) and our webcast live animal shows.

We are also offering Wildlife Adventures this summer for kids ages 6-12 with the following fun field trips:
Week 1            June 17 and 19          WATER WILDLIFE (Provo River & Utah Lake)
Week 2            June 24 and 26          ROCK ON (Stewart Falls or Cascade Springs)
Week 3            July 8 and 10             THE BEE'S KNEES (Local Beekeeper)
Week 4            July 15 and 17           REPTILE RETREAT (Thanksgiving Point Museum of Ancient Life)
Week 5            July 29 and Aug 1     FEATHERED FRIENDS (Tracy Aviary)
Week 6            Aug 5 and 7               CAVE CRAWLERS (Timpanogos Cave)


We hope to see you soon!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Conservation Kids vs. Toxic Waste Part 1: Reduce



Watch part 1 (Reduce) of "The Conservation Kids vs. Toxic Waste" ... 
Part 2 will be posted on Friday, May 30th and part 3 will be posted on Friday, June 6th.




We are so excited to announce that the Bean Life Science Museum is opening on Saturday, June 7th. We are working frantically to finish installing all of our new and exciting exhibits. See this blogpost for more details about our new exhibits.

Join us that day (Saturday, June 7th) from 10AM to 5PM for our grand re-opening event or on the following Monday, June 9th for a SPECIAL FAMILY NIGHT

We will have the following activities planned for both events:
  • Crafts for kids - decorate your own reusable shopping bag!
  • Take a photo with Superheros "Katy & Ken, the Conservation Kids"
  • Live Animal Shows (1 & 3 PM on Saturday, 6:30 & 7:30 PM on Monday)
  • T-shirt give-away - Post a picture to Facebook or Instagram that shows how you "Protect Your Planet!" You might be recycling, cleaning up your local park, using reusable grocery bags... get creative! Tag the museum (@beanmuseum on Instagram) and you will be able to pick up your free t-shirt at the opening event!!! Use the hashtag #conservationcontest







As always, you can request an outreach live animal show on our website. We are now also accepting requests for in-house live animal shows (after June 9th). We will still offer one free outreach on Monday nights for FHE (see website for details and restrictions) and our webcast live animal shows.

We are also offering Wildlife Adventures this summer for kids ages 6-12 with the following fun field trips:
  • Week 1            June 17 and 19          WATER WILDLIFE (Provo River & Utah Lake)
  • Week 2            June 24 and 26          ROCK ON (Stewart Falls or Cascade Springs)
  • Week 3            July 8 and 10             THE BEE'S KNEES (Local Beekeeper)
  • Week 4            July 15 and 17           REPTILE RETREAT (Thanksgiving Point Museum of Ancient Life)
  • Week 5            July 29 and Aug 1     FEATHERED FRIENDS (Tracy Aviary)
  • Week 6            Aug 5 and 7               CAVE CRAWLERS (Timpanogos Cave)
We hope to see you soon!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Bean Life Science Museum NEW EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS

Our Living Planet (East center atrium: main floor)
This exhibit looks at the unique characteristics of planet Earth and how those characteristics sustain life on earth. It features the world’s largest, most accurate, fiberglass globe with the most current NASA Satellite images.





 Protect Your Planet (West center atrium)
This exhibit includes the full mount elephant that previous visitors will remember fondly. It also features threatened, endangered, and extinct life forms and some of the causes for their struggle to survive.



 Our Sacred Stewardship (North hallway)
This exhibit teaches the inspired doctrine that defines our stewardship responsibilities related to the care and keeping of the earth and its sacred resources. It will feature a video based on interviews with faculty members from across campus explaining and testifying about why earth stewardship is so vitally important.

 Life on Top: Apex Predators (New east atrium: upstairs)
This exhibit features spectacular animal scenes gifted to the museum by George Brimhall. Visitors will explore the importance and characteristics of predators as they observe scenes displaying interactions between predators and their prey.


 Life Submerged: Marine & Freshwater (West wall of west center atrium)
This exhibit depicts both freshwater and marine ecosystems, highlighting a coral reef and a deep-sea thermal vent as well as a cross section through a river exploring “what you see” and “ what you don’t see”




 Connections (North wall of west center atrium)
This 2-dimensional exhibit focuses on basic, biological concepts that demonstrate how everything on our planet is connected. This exhibit is interactive with QR codes and will be updated regularly with new and exciting examples of life connections.




 Because of Plants (South wall of west center atrium)
This 2-dimensional exhibit highlights the many critical roles plants play in supporting life on earth.  From the food we eat to the air we breathe!




 Whooo Lives Here? (West side alcove)
This new toddler play area will teach the children about animal homes. We will have a talking owl, a bear cave, and a tree/nest/slide complex.




Fred & Sue Morris Bird Gallery (West Center Gallery)
This collection features the waterfowl and pheasants of the world, donated by Fred and Sue Morris and includes more than 100 different kinds of birds.  This exhibit will highlight some of the interesting adaptations seen in the world of birds.




  Boyd K. Packer Gallery (East Center Gallery)
This exhibit honors President Boyd K. Packer and features his wildlife art including animal carvings and paintings.





Monday, April 28, 2014

Our New Spaces: The Packer Gallery

The Packer Gallery will feature wood carvings and paintings created by President Boyd K. Packer. This artwork represents a lifetime of artistic production by President Packer. At one time these works were displayed at the church history museum and have been stored there in the vaults until this time.

President Packer's artistic inspiration was a desire to beautify his surroundings. At a young age he was fascinated by wildlife and birds. His only art training was a few art classes in high school. Later in life he continued to ask questions about various techniques from artistic friends.




The room in which his artwork will be displayed has been designed to make you feel as if you are sitting in President Packer's home. The beautiful pinewood work is very similar to that of the Packer home.



President Packer has maintained a long term relationship with the museum. For years he would borrow specimens from ornithologist Clayton White to aid in his artistic inspiration. Recently, a donor gave money to the university in honor of President Packer. It was decided that the most appropriate place to place his artwork was at the Bean Life Science Museum on permanent display.

Ken Packer, exhibits designer here at the Bean Museum, hopes people will be interested in seeing nature through President Packer's eyes. It is President Packer's love of nature that helped him understand the creation of the earth and that Jesus Christ is the creator of the world. He hopes people can come away appreciating the world, be inspired to create themselves, and have a feeling that we have a stewardship for the earth.This feeling of stewardship is illustrated by the scripture chosen to go over the north hallway entrance.


Job 12:7 "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee"