Some of the Museum collections are difficult for children to properly enjoy. The specimens are either delicate, stored in preservative, or not displayed. Eagle Scout candidates volunteered to create a way for children to enjoy and learn from these collections, specifically the fish and and butterfly collections. The result of their efforts are coloring book pages that can be used for science and fun. The coloring book pages are standard letter size (8.5 inches by 11 inches); fish are in landscape mode and butterflies are in portrait mode. There is one picture on each page. Each page has the scientific name and the common name of the animal as well as the gender and, for butterflies, the side of the animal. The coloring book page is located on the species page for each animal. Right-clicking the link that says "Right click here..." allows you to download and save the coloring book page on your own computer. Then it can be printed each time you want to color the animal. The species page contains the color picture (or pictures) of the animal used in making the coloring book page. Use these pictures as a guide to color the animal as it is in nature or color it in imaginative ways. The section of the species page below the picture contains facts about the animal. A condensed reference for this information is at the bottom of the species page; the full citation is on the reference page.
Full sets of the coloring book pages can be downloaded instead of downloading the pages one at a time. The Butterfly and Fish pages in the menu to the left have links to accomplish this task. External morphology (identification of the animal's body parts) pages are included as extra pages in the full set of coloring book pages. The morphology terms can be used as a glossary for the descriptions on the species page.
The fish pages were developed from images by noted scientific illustrator Joseph Tomelleri instead of specimens because the specimens are preserved in ethanol and rapidly lose color and are often deformed because they are stored in jars. His images are on the fish species page where one can find the link to that fish's coloring book page and facts about the fish. In many cases the fish have sexual dimorphism (male and female have different shape or color), so there is a page for each gender. Click on Fish Coloring Book Pages in the right menu of this page to get to the list of fish having coloring book pages, and follow the instructions.
Butterfly pages were taken from photographs of specimens in the collection and show the insect in spread position. These images are on the butterfly species page along with the link to that butterfly's coloring book pages. The dorsal (top) side of many butterflies is very different from the ventral (bottom) side. The ventral side often is the best side to use when identifying a butterfly to species. To further that understanding, there is a coloring book page for each side. Butterflies also often have sexual dimorphism, so there are separate coloring book pages for each gender. This means there often are four coloring book pages for a species. Click on Butterfly Coloring Book Pages in the right menu of this page to get to the list of butterflies having coloring book pages, and follow the instructions.