Time flies when you’re having fun (and working hard)! Last week marked the third and final week of our time with the Students Discover Kenan Fellows at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The week was jam-packed with lab work, lesson planning, more small mammal trapping, visits behind-the-scenes to the Museum’s collections and Arthropod Zoo, and a special lunch with Dr. Emlyn Koster, the Museum’s director. Here are some highlights from his remarks to the group:
I think museums are increasingly vital resources. The experiences that you’ve all shared would not have been possible just a few years ago. In fact very recently, in some cases, both by the virtue of the techniques and the tools that you’ve been using – whether it’s DNA or animal tracking – or that it even occurs within a museum. There’s very few museums that do what we do.
The museum is an innovator on a world scale. This museum was selected as one of five out of 35,000 museums in the country to be the recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.