Volunteer Enrichment Committee

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For the most up-to-date information about the Volunteer Enrichment Committee (VEC) Programming, check the Volunteer Lounge VEC bulletin board located in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge.


Volunteer Enrichment Committee Events

The Volunteer Enrichment Committee (VEC) exists to enrich the volunteer experience by providing events that educate, complement volunteer training, maintain morale, and promote community within the Museum's volunteer program. The committee is made up of volunteers who work cooperatively with staff members to plan events for Museum volunteers. Information about VEC events can be found in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge and on the Volunteer Portal.

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteer Enrichment Committee events (lectures, tours, field trips, etc.) are limited to DMNS volunteers only. Due to the very limited space available, we cannot open them to spouses or other family members.

All field trips require a Field Trip Waiver Form be completed before the date of the trip. Signup sheets for VEC events and waiver forms (specific for each trip), are found in the notebook in the Staff & Volunteer Lounge. Sign-ups are typically posted about a month prior to the event. Below are the dates and times (some tentative) for upcoming events. Please check the bulletin board in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge for updates and sign-up in the notebooks under the VEC announcements. 
Sign-ups sheets will be in the notebook in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge in the month prior to the event. 


Thursday, November 15
Otium and Luxus on the Bay of Naples
4:00pm - 5:00pm 
DMNS Volunteer Conference Room                  

Cicero called it "that crater of delight" and indeed, the Bay of Naples drew the Roman elite like a magnet. Here, in this beautiful setting, they created villas fit for princes. Join that intrepid traveler, DMNS staff member Dianne Scialla, as we visit some of these hauntingly beautiful villas and learn about the lifestyles and history of the people who inhabited them. We'll look at artifacts, architecture and the vistas they would have seen every day as they enjoyed their time away from the hustle of Rome. So grab your dark glasses, we're off to hobnob with the rich and famous of the ancient Roman world on the Bay of Naples!


Thursday, January 10
DMNS Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Dr. Paula Cushing
3:00pm - 4:00pm 
DMNS Volunteer Conference Room  


Tuesday, February 12
Service, Therapy and Emotional Support Animals
2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Ricketson Auditorium                  

Pigs on planes. Horses in hospitals. Dogs everywhere! Join DMNS Volunteer Susan Wroble with therapy dog Hathaway to learn about the legal differences between emotional support, service and therapy animals, and what it takes to become a team. Susan and her family have raised six assistance dogs, and now volunteer at Children's Hospital, Denver Pet Partners, and the Reading Education Assistance Dog program.


Thursday, March 14
What's Up with the Bees?
Time TBD 
DMNS Volunteer Conference Room                  

Colorado is home to over 950 species of bees.  From small to large, they are facing a variety of environmental challenges.  Come learn about a few of them and how you (and your garden) can help.

DMNS Volunteer Beth Conrey owns Bee Squared Apiaries-a 100 hive beekeeping operation in Berthoud. She has been keeping bees for 20 years and is past-president of the Western Apicultural Society and the CO State Beekeepers Association.

Seating for this event is limited, so early sign-up is encouraged. Sign-ups sheets are in the notebook in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge.


Other Volunteer Enrichment offerings this year will likely include a tour of the DMNS Palentology lab, the Kirkland museum, the Amazon distribution center in Aurora, and the ever-popular "Secrets of the Dioramas" tour. Flyers will be posted on the board in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge about a month prior to each event.