|Volunteer Tour Guides Needed at Nevada State Museum|
Carson City, Nev. — Knowing she’s helping enrich the lives of school children by enhancing their understanding of Nevada’s history, culture, and natural wonders is part of what keeps museum volunteer Margee McCafferty going. She’s also motivated by the fact that her volunteer service is helping the State Museum through one of its toughest financial crises. Margee regularly leads guided tours and programs for school kids and scouts in all areas of the Nevada State Museum, but the nature programs are her personal favorite. “The kids just love looking under the microscope in the Discovery Lab, seeing the exhibits, and making projects in our activity room,” Margee said. Her efforts are now more important than ever as regular museum employees are working reduced days and hours.
The Nevada State Museum encourages people to join Margee by becoming a museum volunteer and attending the Nevada State Museum’s Winter Tour Guide Training. The four-day training, always fun-filled and inspiring, runs 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, January 11-12 and 18-19, 2011. No prior experience is necessary; all materials and refreshments are provided free of charge.
“The Nevada State Museum always needs volunteers; we couldn’t continue to run such an exhaustive amount of programming and lead so many tours for students without them,” said museum director Jim Barmore. “New volunteers are needed now more than ever to help the museum through tough financial times.
According to McCafferty, “One of the things I find most gratifying about being a volunteer guide for school tours is that at the end of the tour so many kids tell me what a good time they had learning and how they can’t wait to return with their families to share the experience. I’m thrilled that as a volunteer I can provide them with an experience they might otherwise have missed.”
The training includes practice sessions in each of the following disciplines: Nevada history, Native American Culture and Natural History. “We cater to a variety of learning styles and the volunteers really bond with each other,” said Curator of Education, Deborah Stevenson. “Hands-on activities complement the lectures, so there is something for everyone.”
The last day of training includes a free field trip to the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) to view the new Audubon exhibit.
The Nevada State Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. Exhibits highlight the state’s history, geology, plants and animals, Native American cultural heritage, Historic Carson City Mint, a replica walk-through mine, and ghost town. Current changing exhibits include Smoke and Shadow: an Exploration of Nevada Landscapes and Slot Machines: The Fey Collection. Due to mandatory state budget restrictions, the museum is closed Sunday – Tuesday, and open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday – Saturday. Please enter through the Dema Guinn Concourse. Admission: $8 for adults, and free for members and children ages 17 and under. For information, call (775) 687-4810.
The Nevada State Museum is one of seven managed by the state Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives and the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, please call Teresa Moiola at (775) 687-8323 or visit the department’s website at www.NevadaCulture.org.
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