Education and Outreach at the UWYMV

Staff curator giving tour to the public. On table are specimens: great-horned owl, gopher snakes, thrashers, red foxes, eastern screech owls, long-tailed weasels, california gull eggs, red-winged blackbird, and pocket gophers.Increasing the appreciation of the natural world is an important part of the mission of the UWYMV. In support of this goal the UWYMV takes requests to visit the collections for purposes other than conducting scientific research. This may include, but is not limited to, visits by classes, various groups (e.g. , local Audubon chapters), visits by artists and historians, etc.

Since the UWYMV is primarily a research facility, access to the collection is by request only.

General policies that apply to every request are as follows:

  1. All requests made to the staff of the UWYMV must be made at least two weeks in advance of when the information, material, or access is needed. Requests made inside the two week window are unlikely to be granted.
  2. All requests from undergraduate and graduate students must be co-signed by a faculty advisor. Requests from students without a faculty co-signer will not be granted.
  3. All requests must be sent to both Matt Carling and Beth Wommack.

For all non-scientific research visitation requests, the following information should be included in your request:

  1. The date, time, and duration of the request.
  2. The objective of the visit, with as much detail as possible, including what would be required of museum staff. For example, are there particular specimens the group would like to see, is there a specific topic the group would like museum staff to discuss, etc.
  3. The number of visitors and age group (e.g, elementary school, middle school, high school, adults, etc.).

Please note that the UWYMV staff will not develop lesson plans or curricula ideas.

The UWYMV is closed to the public, but general tours are given periodically, typically in conjunction with events held at the Biodiversity Institute. Please check the Biodiversity Institute's schedule of events to see if there may be a tour. In addition, there are a number of displays about the history and importance of natural history collections in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center which are open to the public during the University of Wyoming’s normal working hours Monday – Friday.