Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
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.