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Volunteering at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Transcript of Volunteering at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum
We here at LVNHM are excited for you to volunteer with us. Before you start, we want you to know a bit more about us.
Don't worry! That is a lot of information but you can find most of it in your Volunteer Manual and on our website.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask the Volunteer Coordinator, a staff member, or fellow volunteer.
What We Stand For
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum’s mission is to inspire, through educational exhibits and programs, a better understanding of the natural world, the sciences, and ourselves.
In February 1989, a small group of concerned citizens requested that the Las Vegas City Council assist in finding a home for a pre-existing collection of wildlife and prehistoric exhibits. The City of Las Vegas purchased a building, located in the center of a proposed cultural corridor, to house the Museum. This building is leased for one dollar a year; the Museum is responsible for renovations, exhibit construction, and operations.
The Volunteer Department
Our Mission: The Volunteer program at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum will engage community members in meaningful experiences that further the Museum’s mission as well as provide access to lifelong learning.
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum operates with the following basic core values:
• Through its exhibits, collections, and programs, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum will serve as a quality educational resource for the community.
• The Las Vegas Natural History Museum will preserve and curate its collections for future generations.
• The interests, values and sensibilities of families will serve as the core for Museum programming.
• In order to provide support for equality in education, the Museum will always strive to maintain a policy of free admission to local economically disadvantaged and special needs school groups (as determined by the Clark County School District).
Your Role as a Volunteer
See page 8 of your Volunteer Manual
THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
The Volunteer Coordinator will provide guidance and support for all volunteers in order to help create a meaningful Museum experience through the following:
• Train volunteers on all aspects of general Museum operations,
• Serve as a liaison between Museum departments and assist Staff in identifying productive and creative volunteer roles to help meet the needs of the Museum and volunteers,
• Maintain records of volunteer hours and properly recognize their efforts,
• Maintain a master volunteer schedule,
• Serve as support for volunteers by ensuring their needs are being met as well as the needs of the Museum, its visitors and its collections.
THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR DESK AND BULLETIN BOARD
The Volunteer Coordinator desk is the central hub for volunteer information at the Museum. Here you will find the “Volunteer Binder” where volunteers log their hours, a place to store belongings, and name tags. Behind the desk is the volunteer bulletin board. Special event sign ups, important notices, and assignments will be posted here. With consent of the Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers can also post pertinent information or flyers.
1. Write your time in inside of the “Volunteer Binder”
2. Write your name on the white board located on the volunteer bulletin board
3. Find your name tag and check the board for only special notices or notes
4. If you were not previously assigned a task, ask the Volunteer Coordinator. If s/he is not in, please see the Communication and Development Officer
5. At the end of the day, log your time and erase your name from the white board
Please sign up for shifts using Volgistics.
Please do not come in to volunteer without signing up.
In the case of a sickness, family emergencies, or other unexpected occurrences, volunteers should call the Museum as soon as possible. Frequently missing scheduled shifts without notifying the Volunteer Coordinator may result in the termination of volunteer duties.
See page 10 of your Volunteer Manual
The International Wildlife Gallery
This gallery showcases the amazing adaptations of mammal families. Dozens of mounted animals open visitors' eyes to the variety of ways mammals have adapted physically and in behavior for survival. Families on display include bears, antelope, big cats, wild dogs, deer, and more.
The Marine Life Gallery
The Engelstad Family Prehistoric Life Gallery
Visitors are submerged in the special effects of this ocean experience. Live sharks and stingrays occupy a 3,000-gallon tank while other colorful and fascinating creatures from the deep occupy additional jewel tanks. Lifesize recreations of various species of sharks and fish hang from the ceilings and walls.
Children of all ages are struck with a sense of awe as they approach the 35-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex that lowers its head and roars at them! A Triceratops, Ankylosaur and a ferocious raptor give a further glimpse into the past. Also represented is the ichthyosaur, a gigantic marine reptile that swam in the waters of Nevada during the time of the dinosaurs.
Treasures of Egypt
Visitors explore how archaeologists in the early 20th century unearthed some of Egypt’s most renowned treasures, including the tomb of Tutankhamun. The exhibit includes a trip through the realistic entrance to Tut’s tomb and the opportunity to view artifact recreations of best-known pieces including the Golden Throne, chariots, the Golden Shrine and outer sarcophagus. These replicas are one of only two sets that were authorized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
Visitors have the unique opportunity to explore an Egyptian mummy by using state-of-the-art technology that allows the user to “scan” a mummy replica in real time and view actual medical imaging taken of a real mummy.
Dinosaur Mummy CSI: Cretaceous Science Investigation
This one of a kind exhibit showcases the science and technology used to unlock the secrets of the world’s most preserved dinosaur in the flesh, the Dinosaur Mummy, Leonardo! The 23-foot-long plant eater from the late Cretaceous period was naturally mummified before it was turned into a fossil. It provides researchers with an extremely rare glimpse of skin texture, muscles, internal organs and the remnants of the dinosaur’s last meal. This exhibit reveals some never before seen images of the dinosaur mummy as we tell the story of the ground-breaking research conducted on this amazing fossil.
E. L. Wiegand Foundation, Wild Nevada Gallery
The Wild Nevada Gallery draws visitors into the scenic but rugged beauty of the Mojave Desert. A large variety of plants and animals are featured in this multi-sensory gallery, engaging visitors with computer animation and interactive exhibits.
Las Vegas Founders'
The African Savanna exhibit presents the breathtaking beauty of the Serengeti, featuring a peaceful watering hole scene on one side and predator-prey relationships on the other.
The African Rainforest exhibit features the diverse life found in an African jungle. With the push of a button, visitors can see and learn about the animals hidden in the trees and thick brush, and experience a thunderstorm with rain and lightning.
The "Out of Africa" exhibit features recreations of three extinct African primates: Australopithecus afarensis, Homo habilis and Homo erectus. This exhibit is the only one of its kind in Nevada, offering a unique educational experience to better understand prehistoric primates.
Cox Charities Young Scientist Center
Families connect in the Young Scientist Center as they become paleontologists and dig for fossils or explore the depths of the ocean as a marine biologist inside a submarine. The Museum brings technology to children's fingertips with computers, microscopes, and interactive exhibits.
The Museum's Geology Gallery explores breaking science news, the phenomenon of fluorescent minerals and geological natural resources.
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is home to many animals including Burmese pythons, sharks, sting rays, tarantulas, scorpions, snakes and lizards.
1991: Our doors open to the public
1996: The Museum open's its second floor
2002: The Museum becomes a Smithsonian Affiliate enabling the Museum to bring exhibitions and collections items from the Smithsonian for display in Nevada.
2008: The Luxor donates a large collection that becomes the Museum's Ancient Egypt exhibit
2010: The Engelstad Family Foundation gives a $1,000,000 endowment fund to the Museum
2011: The Museum becomes the lead organization and fiscal agent for the inaugural Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival, a nine-day, city-wide celebration of science in Southern Nevada
2012: The Museum became accredited with the American Alliance of Museums
2014: The Museum becomes a state and federal repository for fossils
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