The fossil preparation lab at the Sternberg Museum is an intersection of collections, research, exhibits, and education. This space is where Museum staff, students, and volunteers clean, stabilize, and repair fossils for long-term preservation before incorporating them into exhibits or research. Renovation plans include more than tripling the size of the lab to accommodate more people and projects. This will afford the opportunity to use the space as a hands-on classroom, to host workshops, and to train volunteers. Upgrading equipment will ensure that fossil specimens will be cleaned and readied for long-term storage or display using the most up-to-date techniques, but will also guarantee healthy and safe working conditions. Additionally, in our current renovation plans, the prep lab will become even more integrated into exhibit space, so visitors to the Museum will be able to see how the scientific process works, as well as interact with students, volunteers, and scientists working in the lab.
For students passionate about paleontology, biology, and geology, hands-on fieldwork programs can be life changing experiences. Learning to use professional field science tools and techniques in a supportive environment of like-minded peers is incredibly empowering for these students. With your help, we can expand scholarship opportunities for low-income students to attend the Sternberg Science Camps, and get more bright, hard working students outside pursuing their interests in science! (To learn more about our summer science camp programs, click here.)
To donate select “Designation: Other”, then input “Camps Scholarships”.
Small Traveling Exhibits- The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is developing small-scale traveling exhibits to be utilized by schools and libraries. These exhibits will represent a range of information found in our zoological and paleontological collections. These exhibits may also be used in conjunction with a series of on-site outreach programs offered by our outreach and education staff.
Drywall, Gallery Lighting, etc.
The Discovery Room of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History continuously needs to renew supplies and make upgrades to keep current with ever-changing technologies. We constantly need to purchase new art supplies. The children always appreciate new and fresh specimens, models, and replicas of varying plants and animals. Adults and children enjoy their contact with our live animals. These creatures require daily maintenance along with plentiful supplies of food, bedding and enrichment materials. We also want to purchase larger animal enclosures and renovate that area of the Discovery Room.
Museum outreach is generally categorized as any educational or informative programs that take place outside of the museum itself. This may encompass community events, professional organizations, schools and libraries. The role of the museum has become an essential part of communicating the practice of the natural sciences to the general public. Donations made to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History’s outreach department will go towards the following:
Distance Outreach Programs– The museum is developing a long distance outreach program to work with school classrooms outside of the Hays area. Donations will be used to acquire video streaming equipment to allow our educators to interact with students far outside of our local area.
Traveling kits for schools- We are working towards building traveling teaching kits with educational materials exclusive to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History for teachers to use as supplements to their lesson plans and/or in conjunction with our distance learning programs.