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The Office of Education at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History promotes life-long learning by strengthening the connections between a diverse public and a vast array of Museum resources. The Office designs learner-centered activities, programs, and products to provide stimulating, enriching educational experiences through inquiry- and object-based study of the natural world for the largest possible audience.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is one of the world's great museums of natural and cultural history, building on nearly a century of research into our changing earth and its climate; the evolutionary history of plants and animals, and human origins, diversity, and culture. The Museum's research environment features incomparable collections of nearly 130 million specimens of plants and animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human artifacts from world-wide locations. The collections form a foundation from which are built inextricably strong connections between research, exhibits, outreach and education. More than seven million people visit the Museum annually, where thay have an opportunity to participate in a variety of exciting, exhibit-based, educational experiences that are facilitated by volunteers in the Office of Education and Outreach.