If you enjoy interacting with the public, especially children, volunteering on the museum floor may be the perfect fit.
The Academy at 200: The Nature of Discovery
Opens March 21, 2012
The Academy of Natural Sciences is celebrating its 200th year with a special exhibit which will include a stunning array of materials from the museum and research collections. Part of the exhibit will feature rooms that present Academy scientist's historic and contemporary discoveries. Volunteers will guide visitors as they discover the Academy’s history and current scientific research and gain insight into the Academy’s scientific exploration. Volunteers will work with diverse touchable objects in both informal and formal programs to help visitors understand the natural world and our place in it.
Coming to the Special Exhibit Gallery: Glow: Living Lights
June 1 to September 29, 2013
This traveling exhibit explores the fascinating ecology of bioluminescence. Bioluminescence, or a living organism's ability to produce its own light, is one of the most incredible, yet least understood phenomena in nature. This beautiful exhibition takes visitors on a journey though both the terrestrial and marine environments in which common insects like fireflies and glow worms, and alien-looking creatures from the middle ocean, are lighting up the dark for interesting reasons. Volunteers serve as informal guides helping visitors explore and learn.
Volunteers serve as informal guides in this enchanting tropical garden of flowering plants where a hundred or more live butterflies from various parts of the world fly freely about. Volunteers are key in helping visitors enjoy and learn about the variety of very colorful butterflies in this garden within our museum.
Volunteers share their enthusiasm and knowledge with visitors in Dinosaur Hall, and help children turn into junior paleontologists in "The Big Dig." Volunteers also train to prepare fossils in our Paleo Prep lab. Internships are also available for college students interested in Museum Education and Paleontology.
This childrens nature museum was created in 1979 to provide hands-on activities for museum visitors. The exhibit combines live animals, artifacts, and activities that invite exploration and the involvement of the senses. As a volunteer you are trained to facilitate learning experiences and encourage exploration by the museum's youngest visitors. Internships are also available for college students interested in Museum Education.