The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium offers two exciting outreach programs that travel out to the schools. We currently offer our Rainforest Van Program free to 2nd grade public/charter Utah students and our Utah Waters Van Programs free to 4th grade public/charter Utah students. Our outreach programs correlate with the Utah State Core Curriculum by grade level. This integrated, purpose-driven approach provides for a rich and interesting educational opportunity for students. Scroll down to learn more about what we offer and to access the program teacher packets.
The Rainforest Van
Our core-based program is designed to be an exciting complement to what you are doing in the classroom. The Living Planet Aquarium’s education team examined the Utah State Office of Education’s Core Curriculum for 2nd grade and created our program and activities to reinforce those standards and objectives. We begin our 55-minute program with an introduction to tropical rainforests and mapping skills. Students will “travel” across continents identifying locations of tropical rainforests around the world. Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to observe live rainforest animals up close and connect their ideas with evidence to make conclusions about how the animals survive in their rainforest home.
Animals of the Rainforest Van
- Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
- Giant Cave Roach
- White’s Tree Frog
- Blood Python
- Rainbow Boa Constrictor
- Crocodile Skink
- Crested Gecko
- Giant African Millipede
Since beginning the program in 1999, the Rainforest Van has reached over 100,000 students in 34 school districts!
Rainforest Van Teacher Packet
The Utah Waters Van
The Utah Waters Van is an educational outreach program offered by The Living Planet Aquarium to 4th grade students throughout Utah. The content of our presentations is specifically designed to correlate with the Utah State Office of Education’s Science Core Curriculum. Presenters guide students as they learn about the water cycle, wetland ecosystems, and water conservation using demonstrations, experiments, and live animals.
We provide schools with two options for their Utah Waters Van visit:
Option 1: Wonders of the Water Cycle
- Real working model that demonstrates the water cycle
- Student-centered experiment showing how air pressure and temperature impact condensation
- Live animals are used to discuss how the water cycle impacts their lives here in Utah
- Water conservation
Option 2: Investigating Utah’s Wetlands
- Classify living things from Utah’s 3 major environments
- Adaptations and classification of plants and live animals found in Utah’s wetlands
- Student-centered experiment comparing wetland and desert soil
- Wetland plant demonstration showing filtration and flood control
- Water conservation
Animals of the Utah Waters Van
- Garter Snake
- Gopher Snake
- Tiger Salamander
- Woodhouse's Toad
- Red-spotted Toad
- King Snake
- Banded Gecko
Since our start in 2002, the Utah Waters Van has reached over 340,000 students in all 42 school districts!