Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History

Education Programming at the Frehner Museum

Young studentThe Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History is dedicated to providing educational experiences for southern Utah’s residents, teachers, and students in all subjects relating to biology, geology, and anthropology. We believe K-12 students should have access to hands-on learning about their environment and the natural resources in southern Utah. We strive to provide education that is fun and engaging, leading the student to a deeper level of understanding where true learning takes place.

Education tours may be scheduled at any time by contacting the museum.

K-12 school tours of the special exhibits at the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History and the Southern Utah Museum of Art are available during SUU's academic year from 9:30-11:30 on mornings when the museums are open. Each tour group will have a one-hour museum experience at each site for a total of two hours. MFA and undergraduate students will lead these tours and provide hands-on activities that correlate to the exhibitions.

Education programs are made possible in part by the Friends of SUMA and iUtah.


Education Resources

Young students learning outsideSupplemental lesson plans are created each year to support the education tour for the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History, and coincides with the education programming at the Southern Utah Museum on Art. The Education Resources section will continue to grow as we create new programs each year. All lesson plans adhere to the Utah Core Science Standards. Additional science learning activities may be found on our Pinterest page.

For art-based education information, please visit the Southern Utah Museum of Art's Education page.

Elementary Education

Event Mapping (K-5) Students will create an "event map" documenting a short nature walk. This lesson encourages students to slow down, observe the world around them, and learn through inquiry.

Secondary Education

Scientific Illustrations Students will create scientific illustrations of real specimens viewed under microscopes or magnifying lenses. They will then use a dichotomous key to identify their specimens.

This page was updated April 2016.