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Global Nasco has what you’re looking for – school supplies, farm and ranch products, art materials, health care trainers, educational and teacher resources, senior care items, and more! Learn more about Nasco.
About Nasco Global

Nasco, Global Nasco's parent company, was started in 1941 by a vocational agriculture teacher. He developed a number of teaching aids to use in his classroom which weren't available from any other source. Since then Nasco has been committed to finding and fulfilling needs in classrooms around the world.

Currently Global Nasco has 21 different catalogs and over 80,000 products to meet the needs of 14 educational subjects, of farmers and ranchers, and of industry. Our mission is to provide customers with the best in quality, personal service, and affordably priced products.

With our two divisions, we have a combined staff of over 500 people working year-round to serve you. Our phone center operators and customer service representatives are proud to provide you with friendly service. The goal of our warehouse and shipping departments is prompt, accurate shipping worldwide. Customer satisfaction is guaranteed, or your money back.


In October of 2012, Nasco plastics quality management system achieved certifications for ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2003. The certifications from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are difficult to achieve and guarantee good quality management practices and systems to consistently exceed customers' expectations around the world.

Nasco's Plastics Manufacturing operation is devoted to the production of Life/form® products. Life/form® anatomical replicas and medical procedure simulators aid in the training of health care professionals. Our line of Life/form® simulators has been a tremendous advancement in the training of nurses and doctors. Simulators are not only anatomically correct, but each one is functional in the specific technique it teaches. Some examples of these Nasco simulators include CPARLENE® (a CPR simulator), CRiSis™ Manikins (infants, child, and adult complete resuscitation simulators), GERi™ and KERi™ (geriatric nursing skills manikins), Ready-or-Not Tot® (an interactive parenting manikin), airway management trainers, injectable training arm, blood pressure simulator, spinal injection simulator, and dozens more.

Nasco's Plastics facility also produces realistic Life/form® food and fat replicas. These are used extensively by family and consumer science teachers, nutritionists, and dietitians to explain and demonstrate correct food portions, calorie counts, fat and cholesterol content, and balanced meals. They can be used in all kinds of food demonstrations with no refrigeration and easy clean up.

Research and Development

Nasco has been a pioneer in creating hands-on teaching materials for the classroom. Our Research and Development department works continually to discover and develop new products. These Nasco proprietary items include games, reproducible activity books, DVDs, charts, lab books, and teaching kits.

Biological and Educational Kits

Nasco's Production Facility consists of Biologicals and Educational Kits. It is one of the few facilities in this country capable of shipping living organisms for education and research 52 weeks of the year.

The Biologicals section supplies nearly 2 million living and preserved specimens annually to schools for use in science classrooms. We have the largest single production colony of laboratory-bred Xenopus laevis (African clawed frogs) in the world. These frogs are completely aquatic and are used in education and research worldwide. Nasco produces a vigorous strain of this important animal that has become vital in research for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis; recombinant DNA and RNA marking; and the study of how genes work. Preserved animals are supplied in NASCO-Guard® nontoxic preservative. This unique Nasco process eliminates the objectionable formaldehyde smell of traditional specimens.

Nasco's Educational Kits department develops and produces a wide variety of educational kits. Tens of thousands of individual components are used to assemble hundreds of different kits for science, math, family and consumer science, health care, and arts & crafts classrooms. Many of our educational kits are developed by Nasco, while others are custom kits made to meet the specific needs of individual school systems or an independent publisher's curriculum.

Laboratory Sampling Supplies

Our in-house brand of sampling bags make up a very important line of Nasco products. These sterilized sampling bags have many uses in dairy and food plants, hospitals and laboratories, waste and water treatment plants, biological field work, and a variety of other areas.