Please join us in welcoming the following volunteers who became active between July 1 and October 24, 2017.
Cameron Benton (Intern)
Library & Archives
Victoria De La Torre
Annabelle (Timothy) Carter
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Friday, November 3
Denver Zoo Free Day (impacts parking)
Friday, November 3 - Sunday, November 5
Holiday Museum Shop Sale
Friday, November 3 - Sunday, December 31
Volunteer Membership Sale
Saturday, November 4
Night at the Museums
Sunday, November 5
Daylight Savings Time ends
Monday, November 6
Denver Zoo Free Day (impacts parking)
Monday, November 13
SCFD Free Day
Thursday, November 16
Denver Zoo Free Day (impacts parking)
Thursday, November 23
Thanksgiving (Museum open)
Sunday, December 10
SCFD Free Day
Thursday, December 21
Monday, December 25
Christmas (Museum closed)
Volunteer Engagement Center Opening Soon
Please stay tuned for announcements and details about the opening of our new space sometime in the coming month! We will celebrate with daily donuts and guest appearances from George Sparks and other Senior Leadership Team representatives.
If you are interested in donating to the Volunteer Engagement Center you have an opportunity to really leverage a donation of as little as $10 due to a big incentive fund, from which $250,000 will be released when we have 325 unique donors of $10 or more by the end of the year. There have been more than 200 donors to the campaign so far, so we're more than half way to our goal.
For donations of $500 or more, there are still images available on the Volunteer Inspiration Art Wall. Teams of people can go in together on a single image and inscription - please let us know if you need more information about this process.
If you are interested in donating to the Volunteer Engagement Center there are a few ways you may go about doing this:
- Click HERE to make an online donation with a credit card.
- Submit a check made out to Denver Museum of Nature & Science and write "Volunteer Engagement Center" on the memo line.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Attn: Finance Department
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
- Hand deliver the check to Moe Shuley or Jacqueline Altreuter and we will submit it to Finance.
We hope you are as excited about this new space as we are!
Denver Votes: Bond Information
As you may know, the
Museum is included on Denver's General Obligation Bond for Denver voters to hopefully approve on the November 7 ballot this year.
The total bond is for $937 million and covers many important repairs and improvements throughout the city
without a tax rate increase. 2B is the Arts & Culture portion of the bond and includes $17.6 million to fund critical deferred maintenance at the Museum that allows us to continue providing comfort and safety to our guests and ensure collections objects are preserved in ideal conditions.
Please consider voting yes on issues 2A-2G
to repair and improve Denver's infrastructure, especially issue 2B, which funds the Museum's projects.
Museum Shop Holiday Sale: November 3 - 5
The Museum Shop is pleased to offer volunteers a special discount of 25% off on purchases made November 3-5. The discount applies to all merchandise except books, CDs, and DVDs. Do your holiday shopping at DMNS and take advantage of this wonderful offer.The Museum Shop thanks you for your continued service and support.
Volunteer Benefits and Membership Holiday Sale
To thank you for your volunteer service, we are pleased to provide you with several volunteer benefits including: free general admission to the Museum, free admission to IMAX and Planetarium shows and surcharged Temporary Exhibits, and discounts in the Museum Shop and T-Rex Café. These benefits apply to you as a volunteer and may not be extended to your friends and family members. Signing in personal guests as visitors at Subpost is discouraged. Please be considerate and use your benefits respectfully and responsibly.
If you'd like to bring your friends and family to visit the Museum, we encourage you to consider purchasing a Family Plus Membership during the 30% Off Volunteer Membership Sale beginning November 3 through December 31 at the highly discounted rate of $111.96 (usually $159.95) if you would like to share generous member benefits with up to six other friends/family members throughout the year. You can also purchase as many gift memberships as you'd like at this highly discounted rate. This limited time 30% off rate is one of your volunteer benefits as we are grateful for your volunteer service! To take advantage of this rate, please see a Guest Services representative in the north atrium between now and December 31, 2017 and provide your volunteer ID badge at the time of purchase. For information about Membership levels click
The Museum's Safe Spaces Policy
The safety and well-being of the Museum's staff, volunteers, and guests is of paramount importance. Please note that the Museum has posted a statement on our website under "Plan Your Visit"
referring to our Safe Spaces Policy. We will be following up in person to answer your questions and provide information to support you in knowing how you might respond if you ever feel threatened or harassed. Please notify a Museum staff member immediately if you ever feel unsafe or harassed by anyone here at the Museum. We are deeply grateful for your support of the Museum and we are here to support you!
Holiday Parking Reminder
The holidays are right around the corner and we anticipate our attendance will increase dramatically in the coming months. It's no secret that parking is one of our biggest challenges during this time. Biking, carpooling, taking the bus, walking, and getting dropped off are all great options during busy times. We always offer free bus passes for volunteers that you may request using the sign-in computer at Subpost. We will be happy to show you how to do this if you haven't done so before. If you ride your bike to the Museum, let the Volunteer Engagement Team know so we can give you badge access and show you the location of the bike storage locker.
Unless you have a disabled parking permit, please keep in mind surface parking is highly discouraged. This includes the roads inside the park, the lots between the Zoo and Museum, and the surrounding neighborhoods. If you need to park on-site, please park on the lowest level of the parking garage if possible. Thank you for doing what you can to save parking spots for our guests.
Winter Weather Procedures Reminder
Did you know the Museum has closed because of inclement weather just 3 times in the last 5 years? If a snowstorm or power outage occurs overnight, every attempt will be made to arrive at a decision about whether or not to close the Museum by 6 a.m. the following morning. The Facility Director will then implement the Closure Communications Plan in order to notify staff and volunteers prior to their leaving home.
In the event of a closure, the following plan will be implemented for volunteers scheduled in:
Space Odyssey, or as a Museum Ambassador:
- Your supervisor or a teammate will contact you by phone and email informing you of the closure.
- A notice will be posted to the Museum's website at www.dmns.org.
- Your supervisor's out-of-office auto email reply and outgoing voicemail message greeting will inform you of the closure (though these may not be updated until later in the morning).
- Please do not call Subpost for updates, as we need that line to stay open for security operations.
If you are scheduled to volunteer in: Anthropology, Earth Sciences, Education Collections, Conservation, Library & Archives, Zoology, Exhibits, Marketing, Development, Our Colorado Tour Guides, Lecture Committee, Science Lounge, or Children's Programs on a day there is an unexpected Museum closure:
- You will receive a phone call or email from your staff supervisor.
- You can also check the Museum's website at www.dmns.org.
Making the decision that's right for you is right for us! If there is inclement weather and the Museum is open but you aren't comfortable traveling here, please stay home! Please also follow your schedule change procedures and let your supervisor/team leader know about your absence.
Denver Water Construction Project Reminder
Earlier this month, we sent you an email with detailed information regarding a Denver Water construction project that will impact travel around the Museum from now through May 2018. Click
to view the project details and a map of the impacted streets and construction phases. Please allow extra travel time to get to the Museum as needed over the course of this project. Thank you for your patience and understanding as these important improvements are made.
Colorado Gives Day
Colorado Gives Day is more than just a day. It's a movement that inspires and unites thousands of donors to support charities that make Colorado a better, stronger, and more beautiful place to live. Since 2011, over $212,706 has been raised to support the Museum on this special day! The average gift amount is just $50, which shows that every gift, no matter how small or large, makes a difference.
This year, Colorado Gives Day will take place on December 5, 2017. All gifts made on this special day will help build the scholarship pool, which enables low-income schools and organized youth groups to participate in fun, engaging, and educational experiences at the Museum.
If you would like to join the statewide movement and make a gift to the Museum on Colorado Gives Day, please click
. You can schedule your donation as early as November 1!
Holiday Food Drive
We are collecting non-perishable food items for a holiday food drive benefitting the Denver Rescue Mission. Last year the Denver Rescue Mission provided over 927,000 meals to hungry men, women, and children of our community - and we are contributing to this valuable effort this year. Below is a short list of items they are in need of most. We will post the full list on the collection bin. Please drop your donations off in the blue collection bin located near the coat rack in the Volunteer Engagement Team office by November 21. Thank you for your generosity!
Requested items: canned tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, canned soup, peanut butter, rice, oatmeal, pasta, cereal
New Volunteer Orientation
If you have not attended an orientation, you will be contacted by Noelia Aponte-Silva with instructions on how to sign up. All volunteers are welcome to attend NVO, even if you have attended in the past, as we are continually updating and improving the NVO. Please contact Noelia at 303.370.6490 or
if you'd like to attend an upcoming orientation as a refresher. The next orientation will be Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Ricketson Auditorium.
Volunteer Enrichment Committee Events
The Volunteer Enrichment Committee (VEC) exists to enrich the volunteer experience by providing events that educate, complement volunteer training, maintain morale, and promote community within the Museum's volunteer program. The committee is made up of volunteers who work cooperatively with staff members to plan events for Museum volunteers. Information about VEC events can be found in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge and on the
PLEASE NOTE: Volunteer Enrichment Committee events (lectures, tours, field trips, etc.) are limited to DMNS volunteers only. Due to the very limited space available, we cannot open them to spouses or other family members.
All field trips require a Field Trip Waiver Form be completed before the date of the trip. Signup sheets for all VEC events and waiver forms (specific for each trip), are found in the Staff & Volunteer Lounge. Below are the dates and times (some tentative) for upcoming events. Please check the bulletin board in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge for updates and to sign up.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Hammond's Candy Factory Tour
10 - 10:30 a.m. (Factory Tour), candy store afterwards
DMNS Studio 102
In 1920, Carl T. Hammond, Sr. founded Hammond's Candy Company in Denver. His original candy was Honey Ko Kos - chocolates topped with shredded coconut. For the first few years, Carl did it all, from creating candy recipes, to making them, selling them, and managing the office. Business boomed during the Roaring 20's and even the Great Depression. Carl hired office staff while he traveled the west selling candy. In 2004 the company moved to its current location at 58th Ave. and Washington St. In 2007, new owners grew the company to new levels, featuring the candy on TV shows, magazines, and stores around the world. Join VEC on a factory tour of this Denver treasure. Hear the rest of the story, learn the science of candy-crafting, watch as their famous ribbon candies are made, and shop at their amazing candy store - just in time for the holidays. Public Transit: RTD bus #12 goes north/south along Washington St. with a stop at 58th Ave. Hammond's Candy is at 5735 Washington Street. There are links from RTD Bus #12 to light rail at the following stations: Englewood (C & D lines); Louisiana and Pearl (E, F & H lines); 30th & Downing (D line); and 38th & Blake (A line).
After Hours Lectures
Interested in expanding your knowledge of science, nature, and culture? Adult Programs generously invites volunteers to attend lectures priced at $8 member/$10 non-member for free on a space available basis! Volunteers receive 10% off the non-member price on all other adult and children's programs. This includes camps, workshops, family, and teen programs too. Member pricing applies if you are Museum member. To take advantage of this wonderful offer, please call Guest Services at 303.370.6000 to make a reservation.
On the evening of the program, please enter through the same entrance as our guests and pick up your ticket from a ticketing agent. Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm for Adult Programs! For more information about After Hours Programs, click
The following programs are those that are free on a space available basis:
Unwrapping the Secrets of the Mummies
Tuesday, November 7
7 p.m. Ricketson Auditorium
For years, the Egyptian Mummies gallery has displayed two female mummies, described as the "Rich Mummy" and the "Poor Mummy." In 2016, a team of Egyptologists from around the country banded together to find out how today's leading technologies could shed more light on the lives of these two women. Michele Koons, curator of archaeology, led the research, which included radiocarbon dating, isotope analysis, tree ring core sampling, portable x-ray fluorescence, and an ambulance ride for the mummies to be CT scanned at Children's Hospital Colorado. Join Koons to get all the exciting details on the new science, which will be newly interpreted in Egyptian Mummies in October. The Marie Wormington Lecture is named for the renowned anthropologist who had an illustrious career at the Museum.
60 Minutes in Space
Wednesday, November 29
7 p.m. Phipps Theater
Go "behind the stories" in space science using the best images and animation available to help understand new developments. Seating is limited to first come, first served. Please use the evening entrance on the west side of the Museum. There is no 60 Minutes in Space in December.
Dinosaurs of the Great Red Island
Tuesday, December 12
7 p.m. Phipps Theater
The Great Red Island, commonly known as Madagascar, has been isolated for more than 88 million years, even though it's separated from the southeast coast of Africa by less than 300 miles. David Krause, senior curator of vertebrate paleontology, and Joe Sertich, curator of dinosaurs, have studied Madagascar's unique fossil record for years. Discoveries in the northwestern Mahajanga Basin have revealed an incredibly diverse and well-preserved assemblage of dinosaurs and other animals that thrived on Madagascar approximately 67 million years ago. Almost all of these species are new to science, and many represent extremely bizarre forms, such as the large predator Majungasaurus, the very bird-like dinosaur Rahonavis, the heaviest-known frog Beelzebufo, and the largest Mesozoic mammal of the southern hemisphere Vintana. These dinosaur hunters will share firsthand the amazing opportunity to work at this singular location on our planet and how ongoing expeditions continue to reveal significant scientific findings.
Earth Science Colloquium Series
Thursday, November 2
3 - 4 p.m.
SPOTLIGHT ON SCIENCE
New Genetics of Taste Lab Study Opening Soon
ur Genetics of Taste Lab is unique. It is one of the very few labs in the world whic
s crowd sourcing. The lab relies on members of the public to conduct the study as citizen scientists
and guests to contribute their data. While the lab may be little, it has had a big impact in the field. The lab's first study, the Bitter Study, created the best method for counting fung
iform papillae (those little bumps on your tongue), and their method is now being used in many research labs. Their Sweet Study found, wonderfully for sugar lovers, that there is no relationship between your preference for sweet tastes and your body weight.
In this Savory and Sour Study, the lab's hypothesis is that adding sour to umami will change the perceived intensity of umami. Participants will try a sample of sour-flavored water, and of umami-flavored water. Then they will try five different samples which may be either sour or umami, or a combination of the two. Participants will also give a DNA sample through a cheek swab, and answer a few questions.
This study is able to enroll participants in both English and Spanish (subject to availability). Participants must be at least eight years old, and children ages 8-17 may only participate with their parent or legal guardian present. Family groups are highly encouraged. For study purposes, family members can only be linked in the database if they come in together. If you have family coming into town, be sure to make a reservation by emailing
The Genetics of Taste Lab will typically be open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., with hours dependent on the availability of staff and citizen scientists. DMNS volunteers may participate the week before the study opens to the public (the week of 11/13) by signing up HERE.
Most of all, be sure to spread the word to your friends about our amazing little lab and the opportunity it offers for citizens to be scientists.
Triceratops Discovered in Thornton (In Case You Hadn't Heard!)
The discovery of a triceratops skeleton found at the construction site of the new City of Thornton's Public Safety Facility on August 25 brought a great deal of attention and excitement to the Museum. An estimated 80 percent of the triceratops' skull and 15 percent of the skeleton were recovered, making this the most complete Cretaceous-period fossil ever discovered in Colorado. The excavation concluded on September 19 and we are now in the midst of fossil preparation and conducting research on the discovery.
This find has touched everyone across the Museum, excited surrounding communities, and no doubt ignited in many a passion for science. The reach of this story is a testament to the Museum's commitment to its mission. News organizations recognize that commitment, which in turn expands our opportunities to tell the Museum's stories far and wide. Click
for a plethora of press releases, video, and images of the triceratops find.
Goodbye Vikings...Hello Nature's Amazing Machines and Ultimate Dinos
Beyond the Legend was a huge success! Before it "sailed away" to
we are excited to report that 186,604 guests enjoyed it at the Denver Museum of Nature & Sc
They enjoyed the exhibition, the facilitated exploration stations, the Viking helmet giveaway, the enactors...and the gift shop! We sold 4,632 swords!
are telling us that they love Nature's Amazing
Machines! Here is a wonderful
comment received from a guest: "We had a full day before catching an evenin
flight to London so we decided to see what special exhibits were at the Museum of Nature & Scienc
e. Nature's Amazing Machines was simply outstanding. This fascinating display of how engineering principles direct the natural world includes interactive activities, models, and very accessible descriptions. This exhibit is worth a detour if one is anywhere near Denver." BUT! Guests are having trouble finding the exhibition, or understanding what to expect before they get inside. Please help us make sur
e our guests don't accidentally miss this great exhibition.
o loves dinosaurs? Pretty much all of our guests in Ultimate Dinosaurs, w
hich is getting rave reviews. Our guests shared they love the energy, and the different pathways of learning ab
out dinosaurs, from the mini-dioramas to the augmented reality to the exploration stations. Thank you to all of the Temporary Exhibits volunteers who make these exhibitions such special experiences for our guests.
The Dead Sea Scrolls Opens March 16 - September 3, 2018
The Dead Sea Scrolls represent one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of
e 20th century. In 1947, a Bedouin goat herder stumbled upon a hidden cave along
the shore of the Dead Sea. Concealed within were scrolls that had not been seen for 2,000 years. After extensive excavation, 972 remarkably preserved scrolls were uncovered, leading to decades of extraordinary scrutiny, debate, and awe. Our Museum is incredibly honored to be trusted to host some of these rare and fragile world-heritage artifacts, along with about 600 other objects from around 200 BCE to about 100 CE, on loan to us from the Israeli Antiquities Authority. The Dead Sea Scrolls will be a surcharged exhibition and we are expecting a large number of guests to visit from near and far.
El Alebrije: A History in Common on View Now
Creatures of Light Open February 23 - June 17, 2018
Do you have any favorite memories about seeing fire flies or oceans glowing with marine plankton? Our beautiful spring Anschutz Gallery exhibition will be about nature's bioluminescence. Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies in the backyard to strange creatures in the ocean's depths that provide the only illumination. The new exhibition Creatures of Light explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence, visible light generated by living things through a chemical reaction. Lifelike models, spectacular immersive environments and simulations, unusual animals, videos, and engaging hands-on activities create an enlightening experience.
If you haven't seen the temporary display El Alebrije: Una historia en común/The Alebrije: A History in Common in the North American Wildlife Hall you are missing out! Alebrijes are fanciful, brightly-colored sculptures of guardian spirits (nahuales) in Mexican culture, traditionally handcrafted by families of artisans in Oaxaca and Mexico City. We were delighted to work with our community collaborator, the Mexican Cultural Center, to feature these works from Mexican artists and interpretation from Maruca Salazar of Museo de las Americas. The exhibition is a fun fusion of anthropology with zoology, of art with science, and of our Museum with Mexican communities. Be sure to check out this beautiful display across from the coyote diorama, on view through January 2018 - and possibly longer.
You might be curious about what happened to the stunning cultural objects (outfits, shoes, drums, icons, and many more) made by different Native Americans that were on display prior to the Alebrije installation. These cultural objects are beautiful, but are delicate, and after many years needed to be removed from the light exposure damage inherent when objects are on display. (We were also happy to update the lighting to LED in the display case to be more environmentally conscious when we did the change-out.) The items we've taken off display are undergoing some TLC in our conservation lab, and then will be returned to collections storage for a much-needed break from exhibition.
William Clark's Telescope
One of the Museum's most famous objects, William Clark's telescope, is rarely on display. Right now, however, you can take advantage of an opportunity to examine this treasure. William Clark and Meriwether Lewis led the Corps of Discovery Expedition from 1804 to 1806. The telescope is a DMNS contribution to a joint Denver Art Museum and History Colorado exhibit,
Backstory: Western American Art in Context.
Backstory is an amazing collaboration, full of instantly recognizable, iconic pieces. While the DAM undergoes renovation, nearly 50 masterpieces from their renowned western art collection have been loaned to the History Colorado Center, which paired the artworks with artifacts that help tell the full story. The exhibit is open until February 11, 2018. The History Colorado Center is at 1200 Broadway, and parking is across the street at the Civic Center Cultural Complex garage, with the entrance on 12th Ave. just west of Broadway. Take time to head to the History Colorado Center, and enjoy Bierstadt's landscapes, Remington's bronzes, Van Briggle pottery, a Rockmount Ranch shirt - and William Clark's telescope.
Five Fast Facts about the Folsom Point in Prehistoric Journey
- The point just celebrated an anniversary! It was discovered 90 years ago near Folsom, New Mexico by Museum paleontologists on August 29, 1927.
- The point was found embedded between the ribs of an Ice Age bison.
- This conclusively demonstrated that Native Americans hunted mammals during the last ice age.
- This in turn meant that Native Americans had been in North America thousands of years earlier than previously thought. Most scientists at the time believed that Native Americans had only been in North America for a few thousand years.
- Last year, radiocarbon dating of Folsom points found that they were made over a 400-year period - from about 12,600 - 12,200 years ago.
2017 Giving Club Special Recognition Award Nominations Needed
We kindly request your nomination for the 2017 Giving Club Special Recognition Award to honor outstanding service and leadership at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. This award is presented once a year at the Annual Donor Dinner. You may nominate an individual or group of individuals, staff person or department, or volunteer or group of volunteers. Nominations are welcome from any individual associated with the Museum and must be submitted by Monday, November 20, 2017 to be considered for this year's award.
The Giving Club Special Recognition Award, sponsored by the Giving Club Council, began in 1995. The first recipient was archaeologist and chief curator Dr. Jane Day, and last year longtime volunteers Don and Niki Brandborg were honored, with many deserving individuals and entire departments recognized in between! The award is a sculpture designed by Rik Sargent, a Denver sculptor and artist. The unique bronze design portrays the blending of natural history and science. Sargent is also known for the popular wolf statue,
When Legends Run Free, located on the north side of the Museum.
For more information or if you would like a printed form, please contact Laurel Anderson at
or 303.370.8251. Thank you in advance for your participation!
Arrupe Jesuit Work Study Students
If it seems like you are seeing a lot of teenagers working at the Museum, you're right. The students are on a Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) at Arrupe Jesuit High School. This program provides students with real world job experiences which allow them to earn a large portion of the cost of their education. The program has been so successful that the Museum has expanded the number of Arrupe students from 7 last year to 21 this year.
On Tuesdays, you will find Cesar Martinez Reyes and Lesly Medrano in Museum Programs, Jennifer Vallejo in Anthropology, and Victoria De Leon (who was awarded the title of Miss Teen Colorado!) in Volunteer Engagement. On Wednesdays, Sheila Silva Guzman and Jacqueline Rodriguez work in Museum Programs, Julian Olvera in Food Services, and Magdiel Apodaca in Zoology. Thursdays have four students in Museum Programs: Mia Quispe, Sarah Dorantes, Erika Nolasco Orona, and Edith Lopez Nino. In addition, April Trujillo works in the Curators Department, and you'll find Karol Marquez in the Genetics of Taste Lab. On Fridays, Natalie Maka, Jasmin Milan Gutierrez, and Paola Hernandez Roman are in Museum Programs, Sebastian Reese is in Education Collections, Jazlyn Loera Gonzalez is in Food Services, and Victoria DeLoera is in the Genetics of Taste Lab. We are very fortunate to have this phenomenal and talented group of teens. Take time to stop and introduce yourself!
Major Grant Received to Fund Urban Advantage Denver
We are pleased to announce that Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS), Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG), Denver Zoo (DZ) and Denver Public Schools (DPS) have received a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund Urban Advantage Denver! This is a new national funder to the Museum which has the potential to open new doors to other national funders as well.
A small core team of representatives from DMNS, DBG, DZ, and DPS worked for several months with discretionary funds ($100K) from Carnegie to build a sustainable model, focusing on one district and the strengths of each cultural institution. This re-envisioned version of Urban Advantage is informed by the successful NSF efficacy work (Metro Denver Urban Advantage 2010 - 2016), as well as what we learned from recent empathetic interviews with principals, teachers, families, and students.
The new program is designed to broaden and deepen impact and will now include 6-8th graders at participating schools. It will also support DPS in their effort to assist teachers in changing science teaching practices, and in implementing a curriculum shift to align with Next Generation Science Standards. Congratulations to the staff who worked on this proposal and the entire Museum Programs team!
Volunteer Appreciation Celebration Recap
On Tuesday, October 17 we expressed our appreciation for the collective volunteer corps at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Dinner. More than 600 volunteers enjoyed a delicious meal and the company of fellow volunteers and staff. Jacqueline Altreuter, Director of Volunteer Engagement, warmly welcomed attendees, thanked them for their dedication and service, and honored the names of 25 volunteers who passed away in the last year. She also introduced the Volunteer Engagement Team.
Ed Scholz, Vice President of Finance and Business Operations, shared an update on the various construction projects happening throughout the Museum including the new Volunteer Engagement Center due to open later this year. He thanked everyone who has donated to the Engagement Center thus far, and reminded volunteers that we still need more donations to unlock the $250,000 incentive fund that one special donor has offered.
President and CEO, George Sparks, provided a Strategic Plan update and information on Denver's General Obligation Bond, which will provide $17.6 million to fund critical deferred maintenance here at the Museum if passed on the November ballot. He closed the event by graciously answering questions from the audience. We on the Volunteer Engagement Team extend our gratitude again for your tremendous service!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
Science Lounge is one of our most popular evening events for young professionals. Every third Thursday of the month Museum Programs hosts this fun event. Events are themed and volunteers help make the Science Lounge an enjoyable and fun experience for guests. Volunteers assist with greeting, way-finding, answering questions, and engaging guests in fun, experimental, and creative activities.
Cheerful disposition, comfortable approaching guests, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time, curious, creative, and playful. For more information about the Science Lounge please
On-the-job training by staff and volunteers
Volunteers are asked to participate in a minimum of six events per year.
Must be at least 21 years of age
Imagine being able to attend Museum lectures for free! Well, you can by joining our dynamic group of Lecture Committee volunteers. These volunteers assist with over 50 Museum programs geared towards adults by greeting guests when they arrive, providing way-finding, checking in guests, and answering questions. Most lectures are held in the evening. Volunteers who volunteer for a lecture may attend for free.
Cheerful disposition, comfortable approaching guests, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, flexible, must be able to stand for extended periods of time
On-the-job training by staff and volunteers
Volunteers are asked to participate in a minimum of two events each month
Must be at least 21 years of age
Our Colorado Guide
Do you remember some of your first experiences in nature? The smell of a ponderosa pine? The first glimpse of a bird's nest high in a tree? The Our Colorado Program gives students the chance to experience firsthand the wonder of exploring our natural world and the unique resources at DMNS. Our Colorado volunteers lead 3rd grade students from Denver Public Schools on a day of discovery to learn about the wonders of the outdoors, nature, and science! Choose to facilitate a half-day session with education collections of Colorado animals at the Museum, or a full-day session with a nature hike in Genesee Park and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum's zoology collection area. We are looking for friendly, enthusiastic, and flexible volunteers who will help foster the next generation of stewards for the natural world and create unforgettable memories for Denver-area students.
Enthusiasm to share about our natural world, comfortable working with 3rd grade students and accompanying adults; flexibility in schedules and timing to adapt to the needs of the school; outdoor excursions require hiking with small school groups and riding a school bus.
On-the-job training delivered by staff and volunteers; occasional group trainings and enrichment
Applicants must be able to volunteer a minimum of one shift a month. Shifts can be half-day (3-4 hours) in the Museum or full day (6-7 hours) split between both Genesee Park and the Museum.
Available to applicants 18 years or older. Younger applicants will be considered with family groups.
If you are interested in any of these positions please contact Moe Shuley at
WHO'S WHO IN THE MUSEUM
Welcome Lyndsey George
We are pleased to welcome Lyndsey George as a new Volunteer Engagement Specialist. Lyndsey is new to the Museum and the City of Denver, having only arrived in April after living in the Durango area for the past six years. Lyndsey comes from a diverse background with a myriad of professions to his name including: interpretive park ranger, environmental monitor, history teacher, musician, and archeologist. He is looking forward to many years as a Volunteer Engagement Specialist working with a large spectrum of volunteers who find learning, history, and science as interesting as he does - with the added bonus of educating the public. He hopes to build strong bonds with new friends here for years to come.
Welcome Keysla Sano
Join us in welcoming Keysla (pronounced kay-sla) Sano as a new Volunteer Engagement Specialist. Keysla moved to Denver in 2013 from Upstate New York and never looked back! She started her journey out west with AmeriCorps National Civilization Community Corps leading youth ages 18-24 through Emergency Management projects with FEMA. In those two years, Keysla responded to all types and categories of natural disasters in 12 states. Managing volunteers and writing grants for the states affected was her focus. Keysla loves volunteering and working with dedicated volunteers in the community. She is so excited to work with you all in this capacity and become one of your biggest advocates. When she's not at work you can find her eating a pint of cookies 'n' cream ice cream, convincing strangers to become minimalists, or watching an unhealthy amount of reality TV.
Ana Arias on to a New Adventure
Beloved DMNS Volunteers,
A new professional opportunity has emerged, and I've accepted it. Some of you know that my parents who live in Costa Rica are in poor health. In my new role as a Business Development Manager in the international health and wellness market, I'll be able to telework seamlessly from Colorado and Costa Rica. I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with all the amazing, wonderful volunteers in Expedition Health, Prehistoric Journey, Space Odyssey, and beyond! Your dedication to this institution and its guests was a daily inspiration.
Thank you for your wisdom, teachings, patience, and humor as I learned the ropes. Your kind ways, intellectual stimulation, and laughter will stay with me as long as these Costa Rican-Norte America bones are vertical. It's been a privilege to serve alongside you. Extra thanks for tolerating my goofy humor and mushy nature; I'll be forever grateful for your kindness. While my new home and work base will be in Boulder, CO, I'll also telework from an office space near my parents' home in Costa Rica for extended periods. My last day as DMNS staff will be Friday, October 27, 2017.
I welcome any of you who would like to stay in touch to please do so. My personal email is firstname.lastname@example.org. My mobile is 720.270.5498. If you find yourself in Boulder or considering Costa Rica as a future travel spot, you've got a contact! Onward!
With warmth and gratitude,
Dave Bauer: The Man Who Made the Shuttle Roll
You all know the jokes that begin with "It doesn't take a rocket scientist..." But some things do. Dave Bauer, the Museum's Tuesday morning Galaxy Guide Captain, is known as "The Man Who Made the Shuttle Roll." After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1958, Dave took a job in San Diego for General Dynamics - and couldn't stand it. But he did get to calculate some trajectories. A year later, while on vacation back home, he interviewed with Lockheed, took the job, and headed back to California.
Lockheed was in the process of building an Agena, a rocket upper-stage to be launched into orbit by a booster vehicle. "Since they had plans to build this vehicle," Dave explained, "they needed someone to do the trajectory design... No one, of course, had any experience in trajectory design, and no one stepped up to do it. I had just started working at Lockheed, but I said 'I'll do it!'" The boss didn't have any other options, so Dave got the job.
Lockheed became involved with the Jet Propulsion Lab (later JPL) in Los Angeles, and they in turn began supporting NASA in the space missions. "I worked with JPL to do the trajectory design. Our first mission was to impact the moon. We had three launches, and they all worked perfectly. Then we went on to do a lunar orbiter, which took lots of pictures." While working at Lockheed, Dave got a master's in System's
Management from the University of Southern California. He went to night school at the Air Force Satellite Control Facility.
Dave specialized in launches from the Eastern Launch site in Florida, and became very familiar with range safety. When the Space Shuttle was being developed, the logical way to launch it was in an easterly direction, because the Earth's spin is an added boost in putting a satellite into orbit. NASA asked Dave to do the preliminary trajectory design for the shuttle. Dave explained that the shuttle was a small vehicle, sitting on top of a big vehicle. There was a big liquid fuel tank, and big solid motor boosters on either side, with the shuttle on top. When you launch into space, there's more drag on the top of the vehicle if the shuttle is sitting up there. That drag would pitch the vehicle upwards. Dave did one trajectory simulation and told NASA "Oh, this isn't going to work! We have to turn it over."
The officials at NASA rejected that idea, on the grounds that the astronauts would never approve. Dave's calculations changed their minds. "It makes a difference of 1700 pounds of payload," he explained, that they could put in orbit if they flew with the shuttle underneath. With payload at stake, NASA was willing to have the astronauts fly upside down! Dave talked to some of the astronauts later. "It was not a big deal to them. They couldn't see anyway until after they got out of the Earth's atmosphere." It was, for Dave, an amazing career. "I got to do something that no one else had ever done before," he said. "I called my job My Forty Fabulous Years at Lockheed."
haron Hannu passed away on July 22 after contributing 5,540 hours and nearly 27 years of volunteer
o DMNS. Sharon's passion for Earth Sciences inspired her to volunteer in the fossil prep lab, serve
us geology positions, and even assist with the Snowmastodon Project. Over the last three years Sharon also served as a Museum Ambassador and helped with special events. As a former nurse and mother
of three, a loving wife, and a dear friend to so many, Sharon lived her life with compassion and generosity. She was incredibly kind and funny, and rarely without a smile. All who knew her will undoubtedly miss her vibrant presence.
A dear volunteer, Jim Hurlbut, passed away on September 19 at the age of 96. A retired nuclear physicist, Jim enjoyed an important career in the 1950s working on the atomic bomb project. Jim started volunteering at DMNS in 1987 in Geology and was quickly deemed the micromount expert. For two days each week, Jim worked with his beloved micromounts and assisted outside researchers with information on everything from particular mines to further understanding of crystal structure. According to James Hagadorn, Jim was elected to the Micromounters Hall of Fame earlier this year, and he participated in his 50th Gem & Mineral Show. We are grateful for his more than 10,000 hours of service.
45-Year Award recipient, Carol Tucker, passed away on September 25. Carol provided nearly 6,000 hours of volunteer service to the Museum. Her time at DMNS began in 1971 as a volunteer with foregrounds. She transitioned to Zoology and worked with the conchology collections until she became ill earlier this year. Carol was known in Zoology for her quick wit, devotion to the Museum, and her love of shells. She saw many changes over the years at the Museum, but firmly believed the best was yet to come. At an interview earlier this year she proclaimed, "We're a more potent part of the community than ever before." Carol will be dearly missed.
Thanks for reading,
Moe Shuley, Lindsey Young, and volunteer Susan Wroble