After three days of informative, inspiring sessions, and riveting discussions, ASTC 2014 attendees had to opportunity to explore the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, host of the 2014 ASTC Annual Conference, for Museum Open House Day. The day was filled with special events, such as a live video conference in the Daily Planet Theater with the National Reef Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Reef HQ Aquarium in Australia, and an “Action for Nature” panel with North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences director Emlyn Koster and some of the nation’s top youth environmentalists. Attendees could also see the inner workings of the museum with behind-the-scenes tours, from exhibit development and fabrication to animal management. Other activities included solar viewing through the museum’s rooftop telescope with museum astronomers, live amphibian examinations and sample collection by veterinary staff at the Window on Animal Health, and a fun-filled show from science comedian Brain Malow.
Thank you to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, our sponsors, volunteers, and attendees for making the 2014 ASTC Annual Conference an amazing event. We’ll see you next year in Montreal!