A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The Interior Museum Program works to offer several training opportunities each year. The primary classroom training is "Managing Museum Property" focusing on the care, accountability, and use of museum collections. "Curating Natural History Collections" focuses on the duties required to care and account for natural history collections in the fields of paleontology, biology, geology, and other fields. Other courses are offered periodically based on requests for specific topics from DOI bureaus. Course instructors are subject matter experts drawn from the ranks of DOI museum professionals as well as from the private sector. The classroom course currently being arranged is:
Curating Natural History Collections Course
sponsored by the
Interior Museum Program
in partnership with the
Park Museum Management Program, National Park Service
Date: Not yet scheduled
Description: This five-day course provides training in the fundamentals of managing natural history collections and will focus on issues specific to different types of natural history collections, and federal policies related to the care of museum collections.
General topics include:
How museums and collections support bureau missions
Managing archival collections related to natural history collections
Integrated Pest Management
Natural History specific topics include:
History of the preparation and care of natural history specimens
Preparation, care, and preservation of wet specimens
Basic Taxonomy and using the natural history portion of ICMS
Wildlife laws and mandates as they relate to museum collections
Caring for Vertebrate, Insect, Plant, Paleontology, and Geology specimens.
Curators, Museum Specialists, Property Managers, Natural History Specialists, & other resource specialists (i.e., Archeologists) with museum responsibilities that include natural history collections, both within federal agencies and at partner repositories.
Course length: 35 hours
Class size: Maximum of 25 participants
Funding: There is no tuition. Benefitting account pays travel and per diem.