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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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Training

Written in Bone docents being trained

At the Museum of Natural History, the staff of over 200 scientists and curators as well as the national and international community of scientists works on a foundation of scientific research. Their work combined with our collections help build the volunteer education programs.

Our programs are designed to nurture curiosity, and to prompt the desire to know more. Our Museum educators use every medium available to us to engage visitors around questions of how we know what we know. Our process promotes scientific literacy, engages visitors in conversations about science and human cultures, and helps individuals to understand the natural world and our place in it.

As an Education & Outreach Volunteer, you will receive specialized training for your assignment from museum educators and scientists. You will study the subject area appropriate to your assignment, and you will also study techniques for guiding visitor learning in a museum setting. On-the-job training gives you the opportunity to practice your skills.