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Review for Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Since 1987 I have been a volunteer working in the Academy’s Dinosaur Hall. I bring out fossils and show them to kids (and adults). I use the fossils to talk about dinosaurs and paleontology. I also answer questions about the dinosaurs and other Mesozoic animals on exhibit in the hall. In addition working in Dinosaur Hall for the past year (since I retired) I have been volunteering in the Dinosaur Hall’s Prep Lab one day a week. Prep Lab volunteers have been trained to clean and prepare dinosaur fossils. We are currently working on the fossils of a large Sauropod dinosaur found in Argentina. We also talk to the Academy’s guests about the work we are doing on the fossils.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working in a public location at the Academy has helped me learn how to interact better with the public. This helped me in my job. I’ve seen the joy in children’s faces when they get to hold a real dinosaur fossil.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Many years ago the Academy had the resources to staff and support a dinosaur docent council. This group met monthly and invited speakers in to talk about palentology. . I wish the Academy still had the resources to support this type of group

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with all kinds of people, including Academy staff, other volunteers, and the guests. Talking to the guests about dinosaurs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always very friendly, supportive, and encouraging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give more support to on-going research projects in natural science, renovate its historic diaramas, increase support to educational programs, e.g., WINS (Women in Natural Sciences), hire more interns to encourage students to make science their career.

Ways to make it better...

the Academy could have continued the dinosaur docent council, which provided updated information to the dinosaur volunteers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

like any non-profit in today's economic climate, finding ongoing financing for all of its projects as well as general operating expenses.Part of the challenge is not letting the need to raise funds, overwhelm the Academy's scientific & educational mission

One thing I'd also say is that...

Since I retired last year, the one day a week I spend working in the Dinosaur Hall prep lab is one of the highlights of my week. I am very proud to be a volunteer at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I volunteer in the Dinosaur Hall showing guests fossils and answering questions about the exhibit. I also work in the Hall's prep lab cleaning and preparing actual dinosaur fossils.