200 Years. 200 Stories. Story 5: “Volunteers at the Academy ”

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Volunteer Nora Laberee (left) with Dr. Marina Potapova (right), assistant curator of the Academy's Diatom Herbarium

Volunteers at the Academy

Throughout its 200 years, the Academy has engaged volunteers in scientific research, curatorial care, and museum programs. The fingerprints of our volunteers can be found on millions of objects in the Academy’s collections.

During the past 20 years, more than 4,500 volunteers have contributed close to 600,000 hours of service to the Academy. One can only imagine how big that number would be if it included all 200 years of our history! Today approximately 350 volunteers actively support the work of paid employees, offering new ideas, unique skills, and a passion for learning and discovery.

Are you fascinated by science? Would you like to share your skills with the Academy? Sign up online at ansp.org.

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