In 1993, NAVS created the information resource now known as the Biology Education Advancement Program (BioLEAP) as a vital addition to our mission of fostering compassion and reverence for life in the classroom. Today, BioLEAP is the most comprehensive free lending library of alternatives to classroom dissection. BioLEAP's constantly growing archive offers a wealth of state-of-the-art dissection alternatives to students, teachers, school boards and others interested in fostering respect for our fellow living creatures.
The NAVS treasury of BioLEAP materials includes dozens of high-relief, three-dimensional plastic models, computer software programs, color transparencies, DVDs and other materials aimed at teaching biological principles without sacrificing the lives of animals. And no other collection is as wide ranging. These tools cover all levels of education, from elementary school to post-graduate work and represent a selection of animals that includes invertebrates, frogs, starfish, perch, sharks, rodents, cats, fetal pigs and many more.
Students and educators who object to dissection can make a positive demonstration of their commitment to learning and fulfilling their academic requirements in a way that keeps the life in life science. Feel free to browse descriptions of the BioLEAP lending library materials.
BioLEAP also administers the NAVS Dissection Hotline, the nation’s only toll-free service (1-800-922-FROG ) providing information, counseling and support for students, parents and teachers who object to dissection. The Hotline is staffed by knowledgeable, caring individuals who assist students who do not want to dissect animals, yet want to pursue scientific endeavors. Any student, teacher, parent or school district interested obtaining information on alternatives to dissection in the classroom is welcome to call the NAVS Dissection Hotline for help.