Bears Ears Education Center

Bears Ears Education Center

The Bears Ears Education Center (BEEC) provides visitors with information, resources, and education to visit the cultural and natural spaces of Bears Ears National Monument respectfully. This community-powered space has grown since it opened in 2016 to feature numerous educational indoor and outdoor exhibits, an outdoor classroom and a Native Plants Garden in the side-yard, as well as space to host speakers and other community events. 

Education Programming

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING 

All of our youth-focused educational programs - classroom based and summer camps - are developed in partnership with our Education Committee and our community partners.

We also offer special presentations for all education levels, as well as for special interest groups such as the Sierra Club, Arizona Hiking Club, and Grand Circle Tours.

The Partnership is actively working to expand our educational reach, and in the process, becoming a leader in education for the Monument.

Interested in scheduling educational sessions for your class or interest group? 

Bring the BEEC to your classroom or bring your classroom to us! BEP offers presentations for high school and college level courses, science and social studies-focused classroom presentations–and soon, field trips-- and finally, programs for tours and special interests groups. For more information about our educational sessions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Visit with Respect Display

In response to a rapid increase in visitation to the Bears Ears region, BEP developed the Visit with Respect (VWR) campaign to encourage responsible visitation and curb degradation of the cultural and physical landscape. The VWR display at the BEEC provides well-intentioned visitors with resources they need to visit the sensitive landscapes of the Bears Ears region without loving it to death. 

Learn more about the Visit with Respect campaign and see the tips and videos.

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They Did Not Vanish Exhibition

In collaboration with Laurie Webster of the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project, the BEEC hosts They Did Not Vanish, an exhibit in which Indigenous makers–including BEP board member Christopher Lewis– display both re-creations of historical archaeological artifacts and original pieces created with traditional techniques. 

This interactive exhibit allows visitors to handle pieces– including a pot, basket, and wooden tools–as well as learn more about the Indigenous makers who created them. 

Learn more about the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project.

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Native Plants Garden

The native garden at the BEEC provides a glimpse of the rich plant biodiversity of the region. The presence of these native plants in the BEEC garden not only represent the important ecological role they play in the region, but also the cultural importance they hold to our Indigenous partners. 

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the garden on their visit. Some of the plants currently growing in the garden are juniper, pinyon trees, yucca, wolfberry, columbine, among many others! 

Exhibit

Outdoor Classroom 

The BEEC expanded its outdoor space with a new shade structure and classroom space in the garden! Many dedicated volunteers worked alongside our staff and board to build the structure that will serve as an outdoor classroom space for future events and exhibits. 

Thanks to the Utah Classroom Grant, our BEEC staff and volunteers installed a brand new, interactive paleontology and geology exhibit in the shade structure. Make sure to check it out on your next visit!

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Visit with Respect Mural

Bears Ears Partmership is honored to have collaborated this past fall with renowned Four Corners artist, Venaya Yazzie, to create a permanent art piece that inspires reverence for Bears Ears and embodies Indigenous perspectives. This Mural is painted on our neighbor’s building, Tsé Kooh Outfitters.

Available Services

  • Camping Info
  • Hiking Info
  • Maps
  • Merchandise
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic Area with Native Plant Garden

Location & Hours

567 W. Main St.
Bluff, UT 84512
Phone: 435-672-2402

The BEEC is open Thursday through Monday, 9am-4pm.