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Stay Curious, Utah!

Join us on a journey this school year to satisfy your students’ curiosity about Utah’s natural history and the natural world.

Each month will feature a new fun, ready-to-go STEM module including:

  • Virtual exploration of a highlighted Museum exhibit
  • Activities standards-aligned to a specific grade band
  • Live Q&A with an expert, facilitated by Museum educators using student-submitted questions

Each Live Q&A will have three sessions (for K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-12th grade students respectively) to ensure each particular grade band’s questions get covered. These sessions will also be recorded and uploaded to the website afterwards so you’ll be able to join later if your students are unable to join live, or even be able to reuse in the future!

Sign up here to receive updates when each month’s page unlocks. Got questions? Email us!

Thanks for exploring with us and stay curious, Utah!

A model of a crocodile

Ever-changing Environments

Activities for 3rd-5th Grades

From savannah plains to swamps to a lake-covered landscape, the area that would become Utah has featured many different environments throughout Earth’s history. These dramatic ecosystem changes happened slowly over thousands to millions of years, and with each change came a new chance for different animals to wander the lands. Explore the Past Worlds gallery to learn more about these changes and what they can tell us about how plants and animals survive in our continually changing world.

Now Unlocked!

Native American ceremonial costume.

Honoring Native Sovereignty

Activities for 6th-8th Grades

Utah is home to eight sovereign tribal nations: Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Navajo Nation, Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, San Juan Southern Paiute, Skull Valley Band of Goshute, White Mesa Community of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Ute Indian Tribe. These eight governments are representative of thousands of people with a history of perseverance in the face of oppression from local and federal forces. Visit the Native Voices gallery to learn more about the ways in which the indigenous peoples of Utah continue to grow their culture amid ongoing political and social challenges.

Now Unlocked!

Insects on display in a museum.

Structure, Structure, What’s Your Function?

Activities for 3rd-5th Grades

Utah’s extraordinary landscapes are home to an incredible diversity of plants and animals. The way a living thing looks, its structure, affects how it survives and functions in its environment. Using our Life gallery, learn more about the relationship between structure and function from the microscopic to the ecosystem level.

Unlocking Dec. 1

An antarctic dinosaur.

Our Dynamic Earth

Activities for 6th-8th Grades

When did dinosaurs walk through Antarctica? What was different in the distant past that made it so giant cold-blooded reptiles could live in and stomp through what is today a snowy, harsh landscape? Delve into our new special exhibit, Antarctic Dinosaurs, to learn more about the ways our planet has changed over time and how studying these fossils can tell us about our changing climate.

Unlocking Jan. 4

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Activities for 3rd-5th Grades

Tectonic plates, volcanoes, and earthquakes, oh my! The ground below our feet is part of our ever-changing world, with volcanoes and earthquakes and the slow, gradual drift of continents. Learn more about our world’s dynamic geologic landscape through our Land gallery. We’ll also explore ways in which people can prepare for earthquakes and other dramatic shifts in the landscape.

Unlocking Feb. 1

A model of a heron in a museum.

Major Migrations

Activities for K-2nd Grades

Birds are some of the world’s most impressive migrators! They travel hundreds, even thousands of miles each year to reach places where they can be safe and raise their young in the spring and summer and then do it again to find a place warm enough for them in the fall and winter. Through our Great Salt Lake gallery, learn more about the ways in which Utah’s wetlands and watersheds provide homes and habitats for millions of birds traveling through Utah each year in their great migrations.

Unlocking Mar. 1

Nearby Nature

Activities for K-2nd Grades

Where is nature? Is it only found far away in national parks or on hiking trails? Nature is all around us. Wherever there are living things, there is nature nearby, even in a city with lots of people. There’s nature everywhere we look if we know how to look! Learn more about all of the nature nearby humans through the Our Backyard gallery.

Unlocking Apr. 1

Discovering Utah’s Past

Activities for 3rd-5th Grades

People have lived in the area currently known as Utah for thousands of years. How did these people live? Where did they build their homes and make their clothes? What did they do to have fun? Through our First Peoples gallery, learn more about the ways in which people made this area their home and the ways in which their indigenous descendants continue to live here today.

Unlocking May 3