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. 


Wednesday, August 15
Hiking the Triceratops with Kermit Shields
10:00am - 12 noon 
Golden, Colorado 

Join DMNS Volunteer Kermit Shields, who is also an active volunteer at Dinosaur Ridge, for a hike up the amazing Triceratops Trail in Golden. The 1.5 mile trail winds between large, vertical walls of sandstone into reclaimed clay pits. Along the trail are several stops highlighting clay mining and dinosaur, bird, mammal, insect and invertebrate tracks and traces.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the event. Bring water and wear closed-toed hiking shoes. Suncreen, hats and a sack lunch are recommended. There are no bathrooms. Parking will be at the Colorado School of Mines. Detailed directions will be provided for participants. For information or questions about this event, please contact Mari Mahanna: (970) 620-1392. 

Wednesday, September 19
Secrets of the Dioramas with Ira Kessel
2:00pm - 3:30pm 
DMNS Volunteer Conference Room to begin, then Galleries 

Join VEC for one of our most-loved events, the Secrets of the Dioramas tour, guided by long-time DMNS volunteer Ira Kessel. Learn about the big and little-known secrets while traveling around "the world" (DMNS) in 90 minutes. No airline ticket needed! Ira will pass on her love for these amazing exhibits - not just the locales, but the history, art and stories behind them. The DMNS has done expeditions to each place featured in our fabulous dioramas, bringing the world to our visitors.

Participation in this event is limited and it always fills up, so sign-up early. Sign-ups sheets will be in the notebook in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge in the month prior to the event. 

Thursday, October 18
Author Mike McPhee:Dana Crawford: 50 Years Saving the Soul of a City
1:30am - 3:00pm 
DMNS Volunteer Conference Room                          

Join VEC for some amazing insights on this city we call home… Larimer Square. The Oxford Hotel. Union Station. These iconic Denver places owe their second lives to one incredible woman. The National Trust for Historic Preservation said it best: "Without the early effort of developers like Dana Crawford… Denver's Downtown might never have become the crown jewel it is today." Join award-winning author Mike McPhee, who wrote Dana Crawford: 50 Years Saving the Soul of a City. You'll come away entertained and enlightened, and with plenty of stories to share!

VEC's 2018 offerings for the remainder of the year will include insights into the DMNS's work and findings at the Magic Mountain archaeological site near Golden to be scheduled in November. 

Be sure to check the flyers in the Volunteer Lounge for more information.