COSAM News Articles 2021 May Auburn University Museum of Natural History showcases new mobile museum

Auburn University Museum of Natural History showcases new mobile museum

Published: 05/18/2021

By: Maria Gebhardt

No matter where you go in the state of Alabama, you might just see the Auburn University Museum of Natural History (AUMNH).

The new mobile museum was designed to highlight AUMNH’s outreach programs and it is wrapped with images of actual students participating in outreach activities.

“The objective was to spotlight some of our most popular programs, like our Curious Curators camp, where participants learn what it is like to be a museum curator from collecting in the field to how we preserve specimens. We also wanted to spotlight our conservation work. The two students pictured with the Indigo snake took part in an essay competition on the Indigo snake and its connection to the longleaf forest ecosystem,” said AUMNH’s Education Outreach Coordinator Toni Bruner. 

“We’re very excited about the mobile museum. It will allow us to bring the museum to you! We’ve created engaging, hands-on learning experiences that correspond to the museum’s collections,” Bruner added. “Students can learn about everything from the Eastern Hellbender, Alabama’s largest salamander, to the state’s diversity of carnivorous plants through traveling displays.”

The AUMNH has 10 collections with more than 2.5 million species and focuses on biodiversity research, preservation and documentation and outreach education.

“It was exciting to have the opportunity to design the van wrap for the mobile museum,” said India B. Powell, multimedia specialist in COSAM’s Office of Communications and Marketing. “It was rewarding to know that I could help attract attention to a museum that provides outreach programming to so many students.”

Learn more about the museum online or  contact Toni Bruner for more information about field days, summer camps, educator training and more.

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