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A museum program where touching the specimens is encouraged
is Mary Krauszer, a 2012 Puget Sound graduate who majored in biology
and is now with AmeriCorps.
The kids are always so excited,” Krauszer said. “They just love it.”
The enthusiasm comes about because the university’s Slater
Museum of Natural History is no longer just a repository for 60,000
animal specimens. In 2004 Professor Peter Wimberger, director of the
Slater Museum, and the Puget Sound administration wrestled with
a question about the museum’s future. That question—should UPS
continue housing the museum that began in 1930?—came up when
Mary Krauszer ’12, the Slater Museum education
and outreach coordinator and an AmeriCorps member, shows Loren
Rice Jr. how this Common Goldeneye, a sea duck, can use the ridges
along the inner edge of its beak to filter food from the water.
It’s become known as the field-trip-in-a-box.
But for wide-eyed 10-year-olds like Makesha Conzuelo, it’s simply
their own magical, up-close peek at nature.
This is so cool,” Conzuelo says, her nose nearly touching a stuffed
On this day, Conzuelo’s fourth-grade class at Tacoma’s Jennie Reed
Elementary is transformed into an in-class exploration of the regional
environment—the last of three 90-minute “field trips” covering North-
west birds, mammal skulls, and naturalist skills. The expedition’s guide