Field Trips

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BODIES REVEALED celebrates the human body and its many interrelated systems and functions while showing the effects that disease and unhealthy lifestyles have on the body. The exhibition also presents an unprecedented opportunity for the instruction of human anatomy, physiology, biology, and chemical sciences. In addition, this exhibition can be used to teach the broader topics of literacy, anatomical drawing, and art history.

We invite you and your school group to visit BODIES REVEALED and discover how to enlighten, inform and inspire your students to learn about the human body. By understanding how the body works, you can better care for it and keep it healthy. By studying the systems of the body, you will come away with a new appreciation for life.

Comprehensive Teacher’s Guides are available for elementary, middle, and high school levels with experiential classroom activities aligned with local academic content standards. In addition, there is a Post-Secondary Guide for college and adult students.

Field Trips

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS

OVERVIEW

BODIES REVEALED welcomes preschool through 12th grade public, private, charter, and homeschool students, camps, scout programs and recreation centers. School tours are self-guided tours that take 1-1.5 hours or more. No outside food or drink is permitted inside the exhibition hall and there is not a place to store your lunches. Field trips can be scheduled any day with arrival times between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Please call 480-291-5084 if you have any questions.

GROUP SIZES

Minimum group size is 15. Maximum group size is 75 per 15 minute entry time. Groups may have larger numbers but must stagger their entry times by at least 15 minutes.

COST

Discounted price for school tours is $9.95 plus tax ($10.74) per student. Chaperones are no charge within the appropriate ratio.

Student ratio is one adult chaperone for every five students (1:5) for preschool thru 2nd grade. For 3rd thru 12th grade, student ratio is two adult chaperones for every fifteen students (2:15). Chaperones within this ratio are included at no cost. Part of these included chaperones needs to be teachers and aides and the remainder can be parents. Any additional adults are welcome to join at the discounted rate of $9.95 plus tax ($10.74) each, but must prepay the school to receive the discounted price. Any additional chaperones who do not prepay with the school will be required to pay the regular admission price. Bus Drivers are admitted at no cost.

Admission is not guaranteed until you receive confirmation. Payment methods are school purchase order, credit card, school check, or cash. Purchase order is due two weeks prior to the date of the field trip.

Lead teacher who is checking in must bring the completed check-in sheet and make final payment at the ticket window for all students and chaperones.

Plan Your Visit

  • Assign each student to a designated chaperone: Create a list of chaperones and the students they will be responsible for during the field trip. Add the cell phone number of each chaperone to the list.
  • Go over Student Expectations & Chaperone Expectations: Please make sure that the students and chaperones understand the expectations of them during the field trip.
  • Contact Bodies Revealed if you are running late: Call 480-291-5084 and ask for the group coordinator.
  • Call 480-291-5084 when you are about 15-20 minutes away: This will enable our guest relations representatives to know to be looking for your bus to arrive so they can meet you.
  • Student Drop Off: For student drop off, buses should take the 101 and get off the Via de Ventura exit and head East. The bus should turn left into the parking lot from Via de Ventura by Butterfly Wonderland. Take an immediate left and go past the valet parking area and OdySea Exhibit hall loading dock area and around the back of the OdySea Exhibit hall. Buses should stop between OdySea Exhibit hall and Dolphinaris to unload.
  • Bus Parking: After dropping off the students, buses should continue around the OdySea in the Desert complex and park in the far northeastern parking lot.
  • Student Pick Up: Buses should pick up students at the same location where they dropped them off, making sure the door is by the sidewalk so students may safely board the bus.
  • All students and chaperones should be at the bus pick-up area between OdySea Exhibit hall and Dolphinaris 15 minutes before you need to leave so you have enough time to ensure everyone is accounted for and loaded onto the bus.
  • Students should form a single file line behind their chaperones.
  • Students should sit on the benches if they need to wait for the bus to arrive.

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Bus Drop off and Pick Up

School Bus Drop Off and Parking
School Bus Drop Off and Parking

School Bus Pick Up
School Bus Pick Up
  • A Guest Relations Specialist will meet you at your bus and escort the main chaperone to the ticketing booth to give final numbers, make payment, and get wristbands.
  • Please inform the Guest Relations Specialist what your lunch plans are and what time you need the students to load the bus.
  • Additional chaperones will go to the ticketing counter to purchase their tickets and will then rejoin the group.
  • Once the designated teacher or representative checks in, students will get off the bus and form a line where wristbands will be distributed. Students should be in line behind their designated chaperones. If your group is large, please have them form two lines.
  • All members of the group (students, chaperones, and bus drivers) will be required to wear wristbands during the visit to the exhibit hall.
  • Field trips are self-guided, however, there will be Guest Relations/Education Specialists available to help the students learn about the exhibits.
  • Elevators are available for students with wheelchairs or disabilities and for young students who cannot use the escalator safely.
  • The self-guided tour should take approximately 1-1.5 hours to see the exhibits and read all educational graphics.
  • Students are required to stay with their assigned chaperone at all times, but each student/chaperone group may travel as their own unit and meet the rest of the group at the conclusion of their experience.
  • Encourage the students to spend a minimum of 2-5 minutes at each exhibit so they can observe and learn. Have them notice at least 3 aspects about each exhibit.
  • If students rush past exhibits it will make it so they do not learn even a fraction of what the experience has to offer and will put them at the end of the tour too early.
  • No outside food is allowed to be eaten inside of the exhibition hall. If you have a student who is diabetic or has other medical issues, please let us know what accommodations need to be made.
  • We do not have space for lunchbox or backpack storage inside the exhibit hall. Student lunches should remain on the bus or in cars until the end of the field trip. Alternately, students and chaperones may carry the lunches in a backpack.
  • We encourage students to eat before or after the field trip.
  • The outside courtyard area can be used for eating snacks/lunches. Please make sure students are respectful, properly dispose of their trash, and clean up the area where they ate.
  • There are several restaurants at OdySea in the Desert, including Pangea Grill, El Encanto, Humble Pie, The View/Modern Grove, Frozen Penguin Ice Cream, Nekter Juice Bar, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Frozen Penguin Ice Cream has a special for school groups. If you are interested we can send you more details.
  • We recommend that groups who wish to bring their own lunches visit one of the nearby parks.
    • Agua Linda Park – (northwest corner of Pima & McDonald) 8732 E. McDonald, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    • McCormick Railroad Park – (southeast corner of Scottsdale Rd & Indian Bend Rd) 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 (1.7 miles west of the 101 Loop, exit Indian Bend)
  • School groups will exit out the gift shop.
  • Please have a class discussion before your field trip about proper behavior inside the gift shop.
  • All students must be properly supervised while visiting the gift shop.
  • The outside courtyard area is part of OdySea in the Desert and can be used for eating snacks/lunches.
  • There is a snack bar that sells food items. It is not guaranteed that the snack bar will be open during the time of your visit.
  • The outside courtyard is a public area and cannot be reserved, but is available on a first come, first seated basis.
  • Please make sure students are respectful, properly dispose of their trash, and clean up area where they ate.
  • Teachers and chaperones are responsible for their group’s behavior while using the courtyard area.
  • Teachers & chaperones must ensure that students are not throwing things, or running or jumping across the planters, fountains, or stage.
  • Students need to use quiet inside voices. The acoustics inside the exhibit hall tend to make the sounds echo & reverberate.
  • Students need to use walking feet.
  • Benches and ledges are not for climbing or standing on.
  • Railings are not for playing on, swinging from, or doing flips. The flooring underneath is concrete and creates a liability issue. It also creates a safety issue for other guests.
  • Once all attendees have their wristbands, they will be given a brief overview of the rules and layout of the exhibit hall. At times, the introduction will be given outside or on the bus, depending on weather and group size. It would be helpful if you go over these rules with the students before they arrive as well.
  • Students are required to stay with their assigned chaperone at all times.
  • Chaperones must be attentive to and responsible for their assigned students.
  • Photography is not permitted inside the exhibit hall.
  • Bodies Revealed photographers might be taking pictures during your field trip, please let us know if there are students who are not allowed to be photographed.
  • Please be aware that photos might be used for marketing purposes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

The Exhibition may not be photographed. However, we have developed a catalog with photographs of the specimens and detailed descriptions of them. Additionally, images of the Exhibition are available on our Facebook page.

The full body specimens are persons who lived in China and died from natural causes. After the bodies were unclaimed at death, pursuant to Chinese law, they were ultimately delivered to a medical school for education and research. Where known, information about the identities, medical histories and causes of death is kept strictly confidential.

To obtain specimens for our exhibitions, we work with Chinese medical facilities because top dissectors and anatomy specialists live and work in China. It requires a great deal of knowledge, skill, and patience to prepare a specimen.

The timing varies. A small organ can take one week to prepare, whereas the process can take up to one year to prepare a whole body.

Bodies…The Exhibition allows visitors to learn about their own bodies; it ultimately teaches guests how to take better care of their health and make positive lifestyle choices. The Exhibition enables guests to see and understand in a whole new way the medical conditions that they themselves or friends and family members may face. Full body and partial specimens demonstrate the manifestations of various pressing health concerns, including obesity, breast cancer, colon cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, ectopic pregnancy, arthritis, osteoporosis, and bone fractures. BODIES…The Exhibition also highlights damage done to organs due to the perils of smoking and dietary excesses.

The brain is the most difficult organ to preserve due to its composition of primarily lipids (fat) and water. In the process of polymer preservation, the brain can shrink significantly during dehydration if preparation is not meticulous. To avoid this problem, the brain is dehydrated in a cold acetone, thus better maintaining its original size and shape.

The specimens feel dry to the touch and can be either rigid or flexible, depending on the mix of chemicals used. While guests will be able to get very close to the specimens, as a rule, guests are not allowed to touch them.

As Dr. Roy Glover, chief medical director for Bodies Revealed states, “Seeing promotes understanding, and understanding promotes the most practical kind of body education possible. The body doesn’t lie!” Unlike models that idealize the body through the eyes of an artist, the specimens in the Exhibition display the body and its parts as they really exist. Idealized models have been used for many years to teach anatomy. However, models do not allow for any variation in structure or pathologies – which is key in learning how lifestyle and disease actually manifest inside the human body. As medical students and individuals have less time for the study of anatomy, it is even more important to have these unique specimens to give them both a greater understanding of anatomy, its intricate detail, and the fascinating variation of the human organism.

Medical schools around the world continue to use the earliest specimens produced in the late 1970s. Polymer preserved full and partial specimens last indefinitely.

Our medical director has been able to identify obvious health problems affecting individual organs and body parts. Throughout the Exhibition, a number of display cases feature separate specimens with respective pathology indications. For example, a diseased lung is on display with a placard that identifies the condition as emphysema. This allows visitors to gain a clearer understanding of myriad medical conditions.

The teaching of basic human anatomy and physiology are hallmarks of any child’s education. We recommend that children attend the Exhibition with a teacher or parent as an adult guide. We feel strongly that the Exhibition offers a rare family experience: a golden opportunity to open the eyes of visitors of all ages. In a way no textbook ever could, Bodies Revealed teaches guests about the complexities of the human body and the necessity of proper nutrition, regular activity, and healthy lifestyle choices, such as avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. The Exhibition has a special children’s audio tour available, as well as four age-specific teacher’s guides from elementary to post-graduate levels.

FORMS

Required Forms

Helpful Forms

MAKE A RESERVATION

  • School Information

  • Your Contact Information

  • School Payment Administrator

    School/district administrator or assistant in charge of purchase orders, invoicing, and payment.
  • Trip Information

  • $9.95 plus tax each (preschool through 12th grade)
  • $9.95 plus tax each (preschool through 12th grade)
  • $9.95 plus tax each (preschool through 12th grade)
  • $19.95 plus tax each
  • :
    Select an entry time between 9am and 3pm
  • :
    Select an entry time between 9am and 3pm
    If payment is by check no refund will be given.

Please note that a Bodies Revealed representative will contact you to coordinate your reservation.

Due to the number of requests, please allow 5-7 business days for a representative to get back to you to confirm the date.

To reserve your field trip, please fill out the Field Trip Reservation Request Form above.  Once we receive this form, you will be sent confirmation and payment details. Tours are expected to take 1-1.5 hours or more.

Classroom Extension Activities

As the travel writer for your local newspaper, you have been asked to design a brochure for a luxury tour through one system of the human body. Select your destination! Be sure to highlight the trendy spots, all exciting activities, and the imports and exports of the areas. For insurance considerations, point out all possible dangers or special precautions that tourists might encounter during their visit.

Create a series of videos to post online aimed at convincing people not to smoke. Write the copy, select the graphics and edit your ads so that your message is effective, to-the-point, and is taken seriously. Present your final online campaign to your classmates and/or family.

What can you do to help develop and protect your brain? First, conduct research. Then, design and create a handbook that communicates the most important practices. Your final project could be a multimedia or online virtual handbook as well as a printed product to appear in your school newspaper or on your class website.

Books

Inside Your Outside! All About the Human Body. Tish Rabe. Random House, 2003.

Young children will love this Cat in the Hat -style introduction to the human body. Beginning readers will enjoy the rhyming and the illustrations. Whether children read this book independently or listen to it as a read-aloud, it will reinforce the science content. The topic is appropriate for early childhood education since learning about the body is included in national and most state standards. While other books on the subject of the human body that go into greater detail and specificity and deal with the topic in a more scholarly way, this Seuss-like style has a great appeal for children. This book is a good choice for teachers looking to integrate reading and science.

Human Body, An Interactive Guide to the Inner Workings of the Body, Steve Parker, Quarto Children’s Books, 2008

Vivid color photos and artwork are enhanced with gatefolds, tabs to lift, and ingenious pop-up features that give kids an interactive tour of the human body. This book’s illustrations and explanatory text demonstrate how food nourishes the body, how the network of bones gives the body both strength and flexibility, how the brain controls everything we think and feel, and much more. The most interesting parts of the book are the small fact boxes on each page which provide much food for thought about the amazing human body.

The Human Body Book and DVD, An Illustrated Guide to Its Structure, Function and Disorders, Steve Parker, DK Publishing, 2007.

Revealing and detailing all aspects of the body, from the secrets of DNA to the functions of every major body system, this encyclopedic volume is packed with stunning and detailed visuals and includes a DVD that reveals all of the body’s inner workings. Also includes accessible health and medical information that makes this book ideal for families, students, health professionals, or anyone who wants to learn more about the human body.

Online Resources

  • Kids Health

    Discover how the body works and what can make the body sick by reading through these expert articles written just for kids.

  • Discovery Kids

    This Web site explores the science behind eye gunk, ear wax, dandruff, and other bodily functions that are often considered “yucky” and “gross.” There is also a drop-down menu that provides information about systems of the body.

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