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Summertime Educational Opportunities Available at BYU

If you think the largest desert in the world is the Sahara, think again. Actually, the largest desert is Antarctica. Surprised? Antarctica is the world’s driest place, with very little water available in liquid form.

I learned this during my recent trip to the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. Many students are out of school for the summer, but there is no better time to learn. And BYU campus offers many opportunities for educational experiences. Do you want to learn about Utah’s three ecosystems—desert, marsh, and forest? Do you have the courage to hold a tarantula? Attend a free live animal show at the Bean Museum any night of the week or Saturday afternoon. For more information, visit

For those who enjoy art, the Museum of Art (MOA) is home to a variety of exhibitions, currently including “Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic.” Walter Wick is a photographer who has authored the popular I SPY and Can You See What I See books for children. MOA hours extend until 9 p.m. on Thursdays for lectures, exhibition openings, and other educational programming. For more information, visit

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located south of BYU campus at 700 N and 100 E, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers free tours. The museum displays the “anthropological, archaeological, and ethnographic collections in the custody of the university.” One of its goals is to inspire students to life-long learning and service—part of the academic mission of BYU. For more information, visit

“Education in Zion” is a new and permanent multimedia exhibition located in the gallery on the second floor of the Joseph F. Smith Building on BYU campus. As described on its Web site, the “exhibition explores a tradition of learning that aims to educate the whole soul.” For information on how to schedule a free group or class tour, visit

The Royden G. Derrick planetarium located at the top of the Eyring Science Center allows you to learn about the universe—and from comfortable chairs. According to its Web site, the BYU Planetarium provides regularly scheduled outreach shows for groups in the community for a discounted price. Also, the BYU Astronomical Society ( holds shows for the general public on Friday nights at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. For more information, visit

This summer BYU is hosting intensive language camps for motivated and mature high school students interested in learning Chinese or Arabic—two of the most widely spoken languages in the world. For information about the Chinese language camp, visit

Search for more educational opportunities on the BYU home page.

6 July 2009