Happy August! It will soon be time for the Canyoneers to get back on the trail and the Docents to gear up for the new school season. Our camp aides and many of our science volunteers will be heading back to school. I can almost smell Fall in the air. This month's newsletter has a few volunteer items and a report from Judy Gradwohl, President and CEO.
Happy 4th of July! Hope your day is filled with good food, fun, family, friends, and, of course, fireworks. If the heat gets to you, don’t just get out of the kitchen, come on down to the museum. Take out one of the new pop up kits and engage our guests. This month’s newsletter is a report from Judy Gradwohl, President and CEO.
Happy Summer! I hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend filled with sunshine, burgers and hot dogs (or bratwurst) and maybe a bit of watermelon. Nothing says summer like watermelon and, of course, vacations. Here’s wishing you happy and safe travels. Make Balboa Park one of your destinations this summer. There will lots happening in the park. Don't forget to log your hours before June 30.
Happy May! If you haven't heard the exciting news from the Paleontology Department you're missing out on an important scientific discovery of the existence of humans in Southern California 130,000 years ago. Until recently, the oldest records of human sites in North America generally accepted by archaeologists were about 15,000 years old. This is HUGE. If you google Cerutti Mastadon Site you will find many, many media outlets reporting on the study.
Happy April Fool’s Day! Happy Easter! And Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month! Don’t forget the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner is on Thursday, April 27. Please mail in your registration or drop it off in my office. Judy Gradwohl, President and CEO, will be talking with us promptly at 5:30 PM in the theater. Awards presentation will follow. Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM. Ultimate Dinosaurs will be open from 7–8:30 PM.
Haylee Noye, one of our youngest volunteers, has been a lover of animals since before she could walk and her passion has never waned. So when she came with her mother to apply to care for the live animals it was tough to turn her away even though she was only 13 years old at the time. Live animal care is so important that we normally want the volunteer to be at least 18 but Haylee had experience with caring for a bearded dragon and a spark that made her special. Her mother agreed to accompany her so how could we turn her away?
Just listening to Maureen Lewis tell you about her life and her interests will exhaust you. She is one busy and curious woman who can’t get her fill of natural history and science. She is a Docent, Whaler, Exhibit Interpreter for traveling exhibitions, and a volunteer who will just pitch in whenever help is needed.
There are so many ways that Georganne Hoctor is involved at the Museum, it’s hard to know where to begin! Georganne has been a Docent for 16 years, and has served on the Board of Directors for over 3 years. The Museum’s board members have other responsibilities besides a once-a-month meeting, and Georganne serves on both the Board Finance Committee and on the Planned Giving Advisory Committee.
Unbounded enthusiasm for the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it is what drives Sheri Knox and it’s what brought her to the San Diego Natural History Museum. When word went out 11 years ago that the Museum was creating a program to provide volunteer naturalists aboard whale watching cruises, Sheri dived right in. The program became the Museum Whalers and she was thrilled to join the pod.