Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
August 31, 2010
I have been volunteering at the Academy of Natural Sciences for four years now. I have always been interested in dinosaurs and prehistory. This museum offered the best in my field for someone who was not in college. This museum truly has the most passionate staff available. These people love what they do and it shows in the level of attention and enthusiasm they show to visitors. There is something for everyone. I have been in Dinosaur Hall my entire career, but I have met other volunteers that have also been trained in our historic library, or in the Patrick Center for Environmental Research. There isn't a science that isn't covered in this museum. I was worried that I wouldn't get to take part in the "important" aspects of the museum, like volunteering in the Paleo Prep lab, however the supervisors of my area never made me feel that way. Every volunteer is an integral part of life of the museum.
The Prep Lab is easily my favorite places in the museum. It is one of few labs that visitors can watch science happen. It is in real time, real people, doing what they love. With the combination of supervisors, managers, interns or volunteers, there is more then a wealth of information at this museum. If someone doesn't know, they will know someone else in the museum who will know.
Occasionally I have seen visitors bring in fossils or bits of bone they would like classified. If one person in Dinosaur Hall doesn't know, they will call around to find someone who will.
For volunteering, this museum offers any science I can think of. No matter how odd the field, there is a scientist there. Visitors can always find an interesting part of the museum, and the volunteers always add to that experience
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
My knowledge of prehistory and dinosaurs increase. In addition my customer skills and interviewing skills have improved.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
The opportunities in dinosaur hall.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
fantastic, enthusiastic and helpful.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
I'm not really sure
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I was a Dinosaur Hall Volunteer.