Montshire Profile

Mike Fenzel, November 2010

How are you connected to the Montshire?
My Montshire business cards say Science Educator and Program Manager. But you'll find me building igloos, leading Egg Drop or Machine Madness, teaching summer camps, working with visiting schools, hosting overnight groups, or not here because I am in a classroom somewhere in Vermont or New Hampshire.

What is your favorite exhibit?
I spend the most time with the Leafcutter Ants, the shapes of the bubbles in ViscoCity continue to astonish me, and I just love the Wind Wall.

What do you wish everyone knew about the Museum?
Montshire is a great place for a hike. It is the best way to contemplate the fog, the Kalliroscope, the inner workings of the ant colony, or think through one of the Mind Games. Watching the sunrise over Science Park waking up and heading out on the trails after spending the night at the Museum camp-in.

Is there one word you would use to describe the Museum?

When was the first time you came to the Montshire?
1997 - As a Dartmouth student I came for an evening program on Atlantic Salmon restoration.

What do you wish we could do that we aren't doing now?
The array of programs we teach and develop makes each day a unique experience. All new collaborations connect us with other museums, school districts, colleges, or businesses in unanticipated ways. So I never wish to be doing something different than I am now, I just wait until tomorrow.

What do you find most rewarding about working at the Montshire?
That immediate, exuberant reaction you so often get upon telling someone for the first time that you work here really shows how much the Montshire and what we do are appreciated by the community.

How long have you worked for the Museum?
A very quick 9 years and counting.

What is the best kept secret at the Montshire?
What we put in the bubble solution to keep that exhibit so popular.

What is your favorite Montshire story to tell?
Accidentally exposing a third grade class to poison ivy roots during a Digging in the Dirt program. I had the worse case and it was also when I first started dating my wife. Somehow we made it through those couple weeks of me bandaged and marked.


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