Teaching Toolboxes

We are now taking requests for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Teaching Toolboxes are teaching resource kits, each complete with touchable specimens, reproducible materials, and related books and information. These boxes are available to check out for free and can be reserved for a two-week period. Designed for K-12 students and community groups, our toolboxes not only allow for unique teaching opportunities, but provide subjects that excite students about the natural sciences.

Our museum offers a wide variety of topics, which include:


Bats                            Great Salt Lake                   Rocks & Minerals

Bison                          Insects                                Soils

Bones                         Native Utah                         Utah's Fossil Past                 

Digging Dinos             Parasites                            *Galapagos

Field Tools                  Plants                                 *Human Evolution

                                                                                 *Mammal Evolution

*for students with visual impairment

Submit a Request for a Teaching Toolbox Here

June-August 2016 we will be doing updates and inventories; the toolboxes will not be available for check-out.


Not near the Museum?  Reserve a Toolbox from your District Office instead!  Click Here for a Listing of Off-Site Locations!


Questions?  Please email us or call: 801-585-5237

Teaching Toolbox Reservation Process

  • Submit your Teaching Toolbox Request at the link above.
  • You will receive an email confirmation of your request from the Museum. 
  • Once confirmed, you will pick-up your Teaching Toolbox during your designated reservation period at the Rio Tinto Center. Directions to the Rio Tinto Center. 
  • Toolboxes are available for pick-up and drop-off Saturday - Tuesday from 10:00am until 5:00pm (9:00pm on Wednesdays).

Pick-up and drop-off

  • The pick-up date is the Saturday listed in your confirmation email.
  • You have until the Tuesday after the pick-up date listed in your confirmation email to pick up the toolbox.
  • The drop-off date is the Saturday listed in confirmation email (two weeks after the pick-up date).
  • You have until the Tuesday after the drop-off date listed in your confirmation email to drop-off the toolbox.
  • Please help us by returning toolboxes on time so other educators can use them.  If your toolbox is returned late it will be subject to a late fee.