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Volunteer of the Month: July

July2014-VOTM.jpgWe are pleased to honor David, Sarah, and Larry as our July volunteers of the month. This terrific trio is among a group of volunteers who came to the Museum through our neighbor, The Frazer Center. Several times each month, David, Sara and Larry can be found welcoming our visitors to the IMAX® Theatre with bright smiles and energetic personalities. At the Frazer Center, they also support the Child Development program by playing with the kids and helping with snack time. When not volunteering, they enjoy dancing, making jewelry and listening to music.

For information on how to become a volunteer, call 404.929.6360 or e-mailvolunteer@fernbankmuseum.org.

Written by Fernbank Museum at 15:23

A Fond FUN Farewell

Sathvik.jpgThe Fernbank Ultimate Naturalist program, also known as the FUN volunteer program, provides and an opportunity for youth ages 13-17 to gain hands-on experience in a museum setting.

The Fernbank FUN program runs June through May and includes 80 to 90 students. FUN volunteers support Fernbank’s educational efforts through a variety of projects, including interacting with guests at special “Discovery Carts” stationed throughout the Museum, providing event support at family adventure days and more. 

Fernbank educators provide training, support and guidance to FUN volunteers. Currently leading the program is Education Program Manager–Earth Science, Kaden Borseth.

“Whether they volunteer for one year or 5+ years, every FUN volunteer makes a difference in the lives of guests and helps inspire a greater appreciation of natural history,” said Borseth.

Several volunteers enjoy the experience so much, they elect to continue the program until such time they age out—usually upon graduating high school.

“It’s bittersweet. We are sad to have to say goodbye, but also happy to see them moving on to great things,” said Borseth.

One of those bittersweet movements happened in May, as Fernbank said farewell to one of our long-time volunteers, Sathvik (pictured). In his own words, this is what the FUN program meant to him:

Thank you for four great years in the FUN program. I am graduating high school and moving on to The Johns Hopkins University, where I hope to study pre-med and major in Global Health Studies. I would like to eventually receive an MD and an MPH. I will definitely come by to visit Fernbank during summers and school vacations; my sister is starting the FUN program this summer. Thanks again for teaching me not only about science but also about how to speak to people and carry on conversations. The skills I learned through FUN have been very invaluable.

Thank you Sathvik. And thank you to all of our incredible FUN volunteers—past, present and future.

Information on the 2015-2016 program will be available on our website in February. Until then, please say “Hello” to our summer FUN team the next time you visit the Museum!

—Deanna Smith, Director of Marketing

Written by Fernbank Museum at 08:55

Volunteer of the Month: June

JUNE VOTM photo.jpgWe are pleased to honor Kate Marie Wiles as our June Volunteer of the Month. 

Kate Marie loves talking about science and meeting new people, which makes her an excellent fit for Fernbank. She began volunteering in August of 2013 and can usually be found interacting with young guests at one of our Discovery Carts or teaching visitors about fossils at the A Walk Through Time in Georgiakiosk—a task she also trains new volunteers to handle.

When not donating her time and talent to Fernbank, Kate Marie enjoys horseback riding (both jumping and dressage), hiking, and soccer. Volunteering allows Kate to feel more connected to the scientific community, which she really enjoys. But one of her favorite moments was being mistaken for a local evening newscaster.

“He was totally starstruck,” she said.

For information on how to become a volunteer, call 404.929.6360 or e-mailvolunteer@fernbankmuseum.org.

Written by Fernbank Museum at 11:17

Volunteer of the Month: March

Ellouise-Bryan.jpgWe are pleased to honor Ellouise Bryan as our March Volunteer of the Month.

Ellouise has been with Fernbank Museum since we opened on October 5, 1992! She joined us as a Greeter at Fernbank shortly after retiring from Dekalb Medical Center after thirty-one years as a nurse in the ER and ICU.

Ellouise loves working with people and especially loves to be where things are happening. In addition to volunteering as a Greeter each week, Ellouise also sings in a chorus group at a church in Rockdale county, where her late husband was a deacon. She has also volunteered with the Dekalb Convention and Visitors Bureau. Ellouise loves talking to our visitors, and one of her favorite memories from her time at Fernbank is a volunteer group trip to Charleston, NC.

For information on how to become a volunteer, call 404.929.6360 or e-mail volunteer@fernbankmuseum.org.

Written by Fernbank Museum at 16:54
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Welcome to the official blog of Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This blog is an opportunity for the people that keep Fernbank running and constantly expanding, to share stories from their point of view. We hope you’ll enjoy these first-hand, behind-the-scenes glimpses of what goes into keeping a world-class natural history museum running. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on these stories, to hear your personal experiences and hear any suggestions for topics. Happy reading!

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