Where is the arrow shaft? It has just returned to the Museum after needed repairs. Norm Kidder, our Ohlone artifact specialist, replaced the fletch (feathers), and made two new tips for the shaft. Gunnela pointed out that the bird blunt tip and the wooden pointed tip were missing. If you notice any other artifacts that need repairs, please let Deborah know!
Thank you to the wonderful group of trainees who attended last Monday’s hosting training. We are very excited to start this program. Please go to the docent calendar and see which Saturday shifts are available, and call Liz (420-6115) to sign up. The 11-1pm shifts will overlap slightly with our Connect with Nature series in February, so we’ll have a great group in the Museum to start hosting practice!
New Animal tour trainees! Coordinate observations with Liz (420-6115) and get your fingerprinting in. We’re excited to have you join our team! For those of you who were recently fingerprinted, thank you for your patience as Jen gets your results and reimbursements to you.
“Nat Time” Storytime
Our Groundhog Day kick-off for Nat Time was a huge success! Those who attended the training, look at the docent calendar, partner up and sign on. Remember, Liz and Deb are available if you have any questions about themes and flow. Come observe on Thursday afternoons. And tell a friend about this great new program!
Neary Lagoon Program
Field season resumes on February 10. Take a look at the Neary docent calendar and call or email Pete to sign up. Look for new additions to the schedule as teachers sign up. We’re looking forward to an awesome winter and spring 2012!
Mark your calendar for the Sandhills Springtime Training on Monday, April 2. We will be revisiting the Randall Morgan Preserve after a fallow winter—checking out changes to the landscape, meeting the new land steward, and preparing ourselves for the Spring season of field trips!
Migration Festival Outreach Opportunity
The 26th annual Migration Festival will be held Saturday, February 11th from 11am – 4pm at Natural Bridges State Park. The Museum will host an educational booth and we are looking for qualified volunteers to help us staff the booth. This year, we’ve been asked to highlight a specific migratory creature. We will display artifacts of the Ohlone people and their seasonal migrations in pursuit of various food sources. All volunteers get a free lunch coupon. Please email Jen@santacruzmuseums.org if you’re interested.
Our trip to visit the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Park is coming up, February 13th. Space is limited so you MUST let Deborah know if you would like to go. We will meet at the Museum at 2:15pm to carpool up the coast. We will most likely return after sunset. Call 420-1168 or email Deborah@santacruzmuseums.org ASAP!
New date for the calendar! The evening of March 1st, 5:30-9pm, we have been invited to join docents from Save our Shores, the Museum of Art and History, and the Seymour Center, for an evening mixer, and discussion of the film Otter 501. Let’s have a great showing from our docent program! Please let Deb (firstname.lastname@example.org) know by Friday, February 17 if you can go, since they will need the numbers to plan for the event.
Thank You Notes
Don’t forget to look at the students’ thank you letters by the docent key-chain cabinet. Hilary and Vicki have cute cards waiting for them.
Joining the Buzz
We want to encourage families to stay connected to Museum after they attend our programs. We have a sign-up at the front desk (and at our field trips) for adults/chaperons to write down their email addresses and we’ll connect them to the Weekly Buzz blog.
Thank you docent volunteers! If you have any ideas, there is an old wooden box in the offices labeled “Docent suggestions” – or talk to us. We love having your input!