Our resource trunks are designed to engage your students with Arizona’s wildlife using tactile materials. There are different trunks focused on a variety of topics. Most trunks contain hands-on resources as well as lesson plans to get you started.
The trunks are free to borrow and are usually checked out for about a week at a time. Due to their size, they are not shipped. You (or a representative) will need to pick up and drop off the trunks. For your convenience, we have a variety of resource trunk locations around the state. Not all trunk varieties are available at all locations.
These trunks are extremely popular and do need to be reserved in advance. You will need to contact the location directly. Additional information is below.
By far, the Bone Box is our most popular resource trunk. It contains the skulls, hides and pictures from 10 common Arizona mammals. There are a number of other resources included in the box to help you bring native wildlife into your classroom.
The Bone Box is the most widely distributed box across the state. Each of our regional offices has them available as well as a number of other partner organizations.
For a complete list of locations and contact information for the Bone Box, please check out the Bone Box Location Database.
If you wish to review the printed material (including lesson plans) contained in the Bone Box, please check out the Bone Box Documents Inventory.
Additional Resource Trunks
There are a very limited number of other resource trunk varieties available. Most of these trunks are only available at the Department’s main headquarters, located in the north Phoenix/Anthem area. However, our regional offices and our partner organizations may have other trunks and resources available to educators. You would need to contact them directly using the Bone Box Location Database.
For a complete list of resource trunks available from our main headquarters office, check out the AZGFD HQ Resource Trunk List.