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Subject: Online course on education collections

Online course on education collections

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
"Education Collections"
Online short course
October 13-17, 2014
Instructor: Karin Hostetter
Location: Online at <URL:>

Description: What do you do with collection objects that no longer
belong in the scientific collection but are too good to throw out?
What do you do with the donations that just don't quite "fit"?  Use
them in education collections.  Their value as educational objects
for the public is immeasurable.

Course Outline:

    What is an education collection?

    What goes in an education collection?

    How to use and what to expect from the use of education
    collection objects

    Curating education collections

Required Text:

    Alexander, Edward P., and Mary Alexander.  2008. Museums in
    Motion.  An Introduction to the History and Functions of
    Museums.  Second edition.  Alta Mira Press, xii +352 pages.

Karin Hostetter has over thirty years experience with museum
education.  With a career that includes natural history museums,
cultural history museums (including first person interpretation),
nature centers, and zoos, Ms. Hostetter is experienced in
interpretive writing, program and curriculum development, and staff
and volunteer training.  As a museum educator, she was Curator of
Education for the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife
Sanctuary (McKinney, TX).  Among her award-winning education
curricula are several programs she developed for the education
departments during her five years at the Heard Museum and her twelve
years on staff at the Denver Zoo.  As an interpretive writer, Ms.
Hostetter has written text for exhibits, wayside exhibits, visitor
brochures, and professional magazines.  Her skill is in making
technical information understandable and meaningful to visitors.

Karin has worked with volunteers throughout her career, becoming the
first paid volunteer coordinator at the Denver Zoo.  Ms. Hostetter
taught the National Association for Interpretation's two-day
volunteer management course for volunteer coordinators and served on
their panel about volunteer programs.  She authored a series of
articles for the National Association for Interpretation's Legacy
magazine, providing guidelines for developing and maintaining a
volunteer organization.  Ms. Hostetter now consults with
organizations on structuring and improving volunteer programs.

Over the years, Ms. Hostetter has been responsible for small animal
exhibits and animal care at both the Heard Museum and the Denver
Zoo.  She worked with wild animal rehabilitation and public
education animals, work that included training volunteer animal
handlers. Karin co-founded the Zoos, Wildlife Parks, and Aquaria
special interest section of the National Association for

Karin Hostetter is owner of Interpret This, a consulting company
specializing in interpretive writing, program and curriculum
development, and volunteer program management.  When she is not
consulting with other museums, she likes to volunteer and contract
teach at them with a special love for preschool and family programs.

For more information or to sign up for the course, go to:
<URL:> or

Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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Received on Tuesday, 7 October, 2014

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