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 while 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 9:30am-11:30am and 1:00pm-3:00pm when the museums are open. Each tour group will have a one-hour museum experience at each site for a total of two hours. Undergraduate students will lead these tours and provide hands-on activities that correlate to the exhibitions. To schedule a K-12 tour, please visit the SUMA website. 

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

The focus for the 2019-2020 education program is paleontology.

Wonder Wednesday

Come join the Frehner Museum, Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, Cedar City Library in the Park, and the Southern Utah Museum of Art, every Wednesday from 2:00pm-4:00pm. With a new topic every week, the fun and learning never end! The Frehner Museum offers two, one-hour sessions from 2:00pm-3:00pm and 3:00pm-4:00pm. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

Frontier Homestead: September 4th, October 2nd, November 6th, and December 4th

Library in the Park: September 11th, October 9th, November 13th, and December 11th

SUMA: September 18th, October 16th, November 20th, and December 18th

Frehner Museum: September 25th and October 23rd


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 last updated November 2019.