I started a thread a while ago about finding a place to tan a bear and someone made the comment, why tan a new one when you can probable find an old one that is already tanned that someone would be willing to donate for educational purposes. GOOD IDEA.
Little background on me, I'm a honors biology, anatomy & physiology, and AP environmental science teacher at Colony High School in the Matsu Valley. Beside my family (two little girls and my wife) teaching is my life. I love helping kids and getting them excited, especially about the outdoors.
So items that I'm always looking for are what I call "natural science" items. I never want your true treasures. I like to get items that are covered in dust and been sitting in the garage or flower bed out back for a few years. Items I'm always looking for are horns, antlers, bones, skulls, furs, hides, mounts (fish and animal all sizes), fossils, core samples, anything mine related. Besides just having a classroom that looks cool and is a fun place to be I do use the items in dichotomous keys, taxonomy, homologous, and analogous structures just to name a few areas.
I appreciate anything. I'm more than willing to come and pick stuff up. Or if you want to check out my classroom that's okay as well as long as I know ahead of time. Itís a fun place, from the 170 class whitetail mounts to the 100 gallon aquarium!