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Accession 12-590

National Museum of Natural History. Office of Education and Outreach

Naturalist Center History Files, 1977-2011

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of Natural History. Office of Education and Outreach
Title: Naturalist Center History Files
Dates: 1977-2011
Quantity: 4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 12-590
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records documenting the goals, programs, activities, events, and administration of the Naturalist Center. The Naturalist Center, 1976-2011, provided hands-on learning experiences for students and adults through the use of study collections. It was located within the museum building until 1995 when it was moved to Leesburg, Virginia. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, clippings, publicity materials, docent training materials, student activity instructions, resources for teachers, log books, images, slide sets, notes, floor plans, brochures, posters, videotapes, and related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records documenting the goals, programs, activities, events, and administration of the Naturalist Center. The Naturalist Center, 1976-2011, provided hands-on learning experiences for students and adults through the use of study collections. It was located within the museum building until 1995 when it was moved to Leesburg, Virginia. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, clippings, publicity materials, docent training materials, student activity instructions, resources for teachers, log books, images, slide sets, notes, floor plans, brochures, posters, videotapes, and related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-590, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Education and Outreach, Naturalist Center History Files

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Container List

Box 1

Liesel McCurry Logs (Journal of Volunteer/Part-Time Staff Person), June 1986-November 1994

Box 1 of 4

Jefferson County Teacher Naturalist Resource Notebook, 2000-2001 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 4

"Bridge Between Research and the Exhibits - The Smithsonian Naturalist Center," Joan C. Madden, 1978

Box 1 of 4

Naturalist Center Information Packet

Box 1 of 4

Naturalist Center Docent Job Descriptions and Responsibilities, 1983

Box 1 of 4

Loudoun Volunteer Center, 2004-2005

Box 1 of 4

Loudoun County Economic Development, 2006

Box 1 of 4

Scientific Illustrator as a Career

Box 1 of 4

Docent Interview Information Packet

Box 1 of 4

Move Inventory and Floor Plans, April 1995

Box 1 of 4

Partnership for an Inquiry Science Project: A Grant Proposal to Benefit Loudoun County Public Schools

Box 1 of 4

Highlight Tours of the Naturalist Center

Box 1 of 4

"A Look at Museum Education Programs for Secondary Science Students"

Box 1 of 4

"Young Collectors at the Smithsonian: A 150th Anniversary Program of Education, Mentoring, and Demonstration"

Box 1 of 4

Naturalist Center Docent Job Descriptions and Responsibilities, 1983

Box 1 of 4

Plans for Anthropology Resource Center for Teachers

Box 1 of 4

Local Archeology Resource Guide - District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, 1978

Box 1 of 4

Guide to the Archeological Study Collection

Box 1 of 4

Press Release - Naturalist Center Return to National Museum of Natural History, June 21, 2011

Box 1 of 4

Naturalist Center Closure Letter to Volunteers, June 14, 2011

Box 1 of 4

Funding Proposal for Interactive Computer Program, c. 1987

Box 1 of 4

Naturalist Center Monthly Reports (Incomplete Run), 1993-1998

Box 1 of 4

"Creating an Education Campus at Claude Moore Park and Park View High School, Loudoun County, Virginia: A Naturalist Center Building Initiative"

Box 1 of 4

"Cooperative Project with United States Geological Survey (Project JEDI)," 1990

Box 1 of 4

Environmental Quality, 1991

Box 1 of 4

Magyar Gallery, 1992

Box 1 of 4

Naturalist Center Committee Report to the Director, National Museum of Natural History, June 1, 1979

Box 1 of 4

Natural Science Institute for Teachers of Minority Students, 1990-1992

Box 1 of 4

Naturalist Center Articles, 1982-1992

Box 1 of 4

West Court Planning, 1985-1986

Box 1 of 4

Press Release - Naturalist Center Move to Loudoun County, March 6, 1995

Box 1 of 4

Women's Committee Grant Application - Naturalist Center Student/Teacher Learning Enhancement Project, 2007

Box 1 of 4

Naturalist Center General Information, 2006-2007

Box 1 of 4

Human Evolution

Box 1 of 4

Docent Questionnaire

Box 1 of 4

Naturalist Center Plan, June 1991-1992

Box 1 of 4

Publicity Materials

Box 1 of 4

Naturalist Center Partners Awards Program, 2007-2008

Box 1 of 4

"What's the Difference? Butterflies and Moths"

Box 1 of 4

Naturalist Center Philosophy and User Guidelines

Box 1 of 4

Press Preview, February 27, 1996

Box 1 of 4

Naturalist Center - Utilization of Facilities

Box 1 of 4

Handling Skins Safely

Box 1 of 4

"Studying the Basic Bones of Terrestrial Mammals: A Guide to the Naturalist Center, National Museum of Natural History Comparative Osteology Collection," by Patricia Nutter

Box 1 of 4

"The Microbial World," by Gerry Groupe, 1977, revised 1986

Box 1 of 4

Docent Training Handouts

Box 1 of 4

"Discover the Smithsonian Naturalist Center: A School Partnership for Learning"

Box 1 of 4

General Guidelines for Specimen Handling

Box 1 of 4

Box 2

"Creating a Family Learning Center: The Naturalist Center in Loudoun County, Virginia"

Box 2 of 4

Anne Schwermer's Electronic Files, 2003-2008 (electronic records)

Box 2 of 4

Loudoun Valley High School Student Project PowerPoint Presentation, December 2, 2005 (electronic records)

Box 2 of 4

"Loudoun County Public Schools Welcomes the Naturalist Center," M. Joffries, April 2005 (electronic records)

Box 2 of 4

Naturalist Center 30th Anniversary Bracelets

Box 2 of 4

Sample Thank You Cards

Box 2 of 4

Regular Public Program Group, 1978-1986

Box 2 of 4

Naturalist Center Committee, 1977-1984

Box 2 of 4

Naturalist Center Promotional Letters

Box 2 of 4

"Recommendations for the National Museum of Natural History, in Response to the Support Staff Job Satisfaction Survey of 1982," August 6, 1984

Box 2 of 4

"A Guide to Rights, Responsibilities, and Privileges for the Scientific Support Staff," July 14, 1984

Box 2 of 4

"Assessment of the Trailside Nature and Science Center, Mountainside, New Jersey, for the Museum Assessment Program, American Association of Museums, May 1984

Box 2 of 4

Anthropology Background Materials

Box 2 of 4

"Evolutionary Characteristics of Marine Mammals," by Rebecca Paravicini, 1983

Box 2 of 4

"Geologic History of Washington, DC Area"

Box 2 of 4

"Geology and Technical Development," by Rita F. Lewis, 1983

Box 2 of 4

"An Introduction to Geology"

Box 2 of 4

"Physical Geology," by Susan Moore and Rebecca Mead

Box 2 of 4

Docent Training, 1981-1986

Box 2 of 4

Highlights Tour of the Naturalist Center, 1986

Box 2 of 4

"Guide to the Corals: Class Anthozoa," by Tracy Siani

Box 2 of 4

Second School Tool Folder, Loudoun Collection - Working Notes and Naturalist Center Versions

Box 2 of 4

Public Service Announcements and Press Releases, 1988

Box 2 of 4

Docent Survey

Box 2 of 4

"Understanding Invertebrates"

Box 2 of 4

"Working Towards Positive Change: Report on a Naturalist Center Retreat, September 12, 1988," October 10, 1988

Box 2 of 4

Loudoun Collection Brochure

Box 2 of 4

Glimpses of Eskimo Life - Loudoun Collection

Box 2 of 4

Local Archeology Resource Guide, 1992

Box 2 of 4

"Studying the Basic Bones of Terrestrial Mammals," by Patricia Nutter

Box 2 of 4

NSPIRE Center, 1993-1994

Box 2 of 4

Move Planning, 1994

Box 2 of 4

Urban Connections - Arthropod Discovery Unit

Box 2 of 4

Volunteer Opportunity Mailing, March 29, 1995

Box 2 of 4

Naturalist Center Docent Job Descriptions and Responsibilities, 1983

Box 2 of 4

School Groups, 1998-1999

Box 2 of 4

Loudoun Resource Collection

Box 2 of 4

Mule Deer Skeleton

Box 2 of 4

Naturalist Center Brochure - Spanish

Box 2 of 4

Rock Study Manual

Box 2 of 4

Specific Gravity Determination

Box 2 of 4

"Is It Real" Facilitator Notes, 2001

Box 2 of 4

Naturalist Center Article, October 2000

Box 2 of 4

Thomas Smith, 1999-2006

Box 2 of 4

Naturalist Center Annual Reports, 1988-1992

Box 2 of 4

Bird Identification Activity

Box 2 of 4

Vertebrate Teeth Identification Materials

Box 2 of 4

Letterboxing

Box 2 of 4

Lesson Plans for Use in Naturalist Center and Exhibit Halls

Box 2 of 4

Exercises - Forensics, Rocks, and Corals

Box 2 of 4

Adaptations Exercises, 1985-1986

Box 2 of 4

Box 3

Case I - Identifying Projectile Points

Box 3 of 4

Case I - Paleo-Indian/Archaic Suggested Readings

Box 3 of 4

Case III - Southwest Pottery

Box 3 of 4

Case III - Pottery Temper, Decoration

Box 3 of 4

Learning Laboratory in Human Osteology (including videotapes), 1980

Box 3 of 4

Key for Rock Identification, 1996

Box 3 of 4

Biome Investigation Unit

Box 3 of 4

Raptor Classification and Identification

Box 3 of 4

Bird Nests Activity

Box 3 of 4

The Unknowns Activity

Box 3 of 4

Primate Skull Directed Observation Exercises

Box 3 of 4

Dramas in the Wild Activity, 1982

Box 3 of 4

Identification Activities - Miscellaneous

Box 3 of 4

Teacher's Resource Packet: Anthropology

Box 3 of 4

Teacher's Resource Guide: North American Indians

Box 3 of 4

Important Rules and Useful Information to Know Prior to Your School Group Visit

Box 3 of 4

Teacher Guidelines for Programs

Box 3 of 4

Glaciers - Slide Set

Box 3 of 4

Dinosaur Tracks - Slide Set

Box 3 of 4

What is a Museum? - Slide Set

Box 3 of 4

Dinosaurs and the Age of Reptiles - Slide Set

Box 3 of 4

Dinosaurs and Other Giants - Slide Set

Box 3 of 4

Teacher's Resource Packet - Creationism and Evolutionism, 1983

Box 3 of 4

Anthropology Teacher's Packet, 1987

Box 3 of 4

Teacher Packets - Miscellaneous

Box 3 of 4

Class Letters, 1984

Box 3 of 4

Project Guides

Box 3 of 4

Teacher Critique of Naturalist Center

Box 3 of 4

Medical Entomology Study Guide

Box 3 of 4

Homeschool Guidelines

Box 3 of 4

Field Trip Photographs, May 2004

Box 3 of 4

Preparing for a Naturalist Center Visit with Your School Group

Box 3 of 4

iWonder Project - Native American Cultural Study Through Pottery Shards, 1996-1997

Box 3 of 4

iWonder Unit Plan - Extensive Study of the Barn Owl

Box 3 of 4

iWonder Announcement, 2006-2007

Box 3 of 4

iWonder Curriculum Units and Lesson Plans

Box 3 of 4

iWonder Workshop Brochure

Box 3 of 4

Naturalist Center Workshops, 1986-1987

Box 3 of 4

Anthropology Identification Day - Docent Handouts, 1989

Box 3 of 4

Paleontology Identification Day - Docent Handouts

Box 3 of 4

Rock and Mineral Identification Day - Docent Handouts, 1989

Box 3 of 4

Exploring Nature in Detail Flyer, October 28, 2006

Box 3 of 4

George Mason University - Darwin for a Day, 2005-2006

Box 3 of 4

Special Events, 1988-1997

Box 3 of 4

Event Publicity, 2008-2009

Box 3 of 4

Lecture Series Posters, 2007-2010

Box 3 of 4

Naturalist Center Open House Initiative, December 4, 1982

Box 3 of 4

"Naturalist Center: Proof that Museum Can do More to Maximize the Learning Potential of Their Collections," by Richard Efthim, March 2006

Box 3 of 4

"Learning How to Read Natural History Objects: A Naturalist Center Approach," 1984

Box 3 of 4

Box 4

30th Anniversary Lecture Series, 2007

Box 4 of 4

Fossil Fest, 2007

Box 4 of 4

Congressional Night, 1998

Box 4 of 4

Young Collectors Day, 1997

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day, 2001

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day, 2000

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day, 1999

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day, 1998

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day, 1997

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day, 1996

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day, 1994

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day, 1993

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day, 1992

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day, 1991

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day, 1990

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day, 1987-1989

Box 4 of 4

Identi-Day Publicity, 1987-1999

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 2002

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 2001

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 2000

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 1999

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 1998

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 1997

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 1996

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 1994

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 1993

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 1992

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 1991

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 1988-1990

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In, 1985-1987

Box 4 of 4

Draw-In Publicity, 1988-1989

Box 4 of 4

Giveaways, 1989-1992

Box 4 of 4

Anthropology Events, 1987-1989

Box 4 of 4
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Folder 1 Naturalist Center Posters and Prints

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Folder 2 Naturalist Center Identification Series Posters

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