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An important part of the mission of the Smithsonian – the increase and diffusion of knowledge – is to provide professional development experiences for teachers.

The Museum delivers high-quality professional development, including  workshops and volunteer opportunities through its departments and with other Smithsonian museums.

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Courses for K-12 Earth Sciences Educators

Courses from GeoScience Educational Adventures provide opportunities for college credit and recertification - set in Shell, Wyoming.

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Workshops include one-day introductory or refresher courses on topics explored by the Museum and its partners.


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Volunteer Opportunities

An exceptional way to delve into the topics explored in the Museum is by becoming a volunteer in the Education and Outreach Department. Volunteers participate in ongoing professional development, including workshops, lectures, and informal discussions with staff and volunteers.

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