What is your connection to the Museum?
I am an educator for the Outdoor Discovery Camp (a camp I used to attend as a camper!). This is my third summer doing so. I also came to the Montshire many, many times when I was younger.
Why do you choose to be involved?
I choose to be involved at the Montshire because of the friendly staff and the wonderful atmosphere. It fosters learning in a way that few other places do.
When was the first time you came to the Montshire?
I was about six years old—we had just moved to the area. I instantly loved the Museum.
What is your favorite exhibit?
I'm a huge fan of the Knot Topology table—they are great brainteasers. The fog exhibit is very cool, too.
What do you wish everyone knew about the Museum?
I wish everyone knew how great the scenery is from treetop viewing platform (Bird's Eye View) located along the Ridge Trail. It's a nice, quiet place to relax, too.
Is there one word you would use to describe the Museum? Captivating!
What do you wish we could do more of in the future? I wish that the Montshire would bring back the Crime Lab Investigations exhibition. I loved trying to solve the mystery by comparing tire tracks, shoe sizes, and examining fingerprints. I really got into the detective thing, and got on a major mystery-solving kick after that.
What do you find most rewarding about working at the Montshire?
I love being able to inspire an excitement in learning in kids. It's so great seeing their faces light up when they find a salamander unexpectedly, or are able to teach their peers something they just learned.
What is the best kept secret at the Montshire?
It may not be too secret, but the waterfall along the Blood Brook Loop is beautiful and a great destination on a hot day.
What is your favorite Montshire story to tell?
When I was an Inventor's Workshop camper, we taped together plastic sheets in the shape of a large cube, and then using a fan we blew air in it so that it would retain its shape. The rest of the campers were able to enter the makeshift room and we all loved being inside something that we had helped to create. We then went outside and were able to eat s'mores from the "microwave" we had designed.
Which other museums do you enjoy visiting? I love VINS and the Boston Museum of Science.