Staff profile: Karen Player

Position title:
Manager Museum Outreach
Section:
Learning Services
Phone:
612 9320 6197
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The Museum in a Box program has been going since the 1960's and I have been the co ordinator since the January 2008. I have a background in environmental science and education and I am committed to promoting Museum in a Box throughout New South Wales

Background

I became a front of house volunteer at the Australian Museum in 1998 and I was involved in taking tours and running touch tables. In 1999 I started working in the Biodiversity exhibition in the Visitor Services department. I looked after the live animals in the exhibition, developed and implemented many environmental education programs and continued taking tours throughout the museum.

In 2005 I joined the Surviving Australia project team which was involved in developing the design and content for this new exhibition. Throughout the process I was involved in exhibition design, text writing and program development and the Surviving Australia exhibition was opened in July 2008.

During 2007 I was also working closely with the Science communication team to run the Science in the City, Science in the Suburbs and Science in the Bush events

In 2008 I began coordinating Museum in a Box and bring many years experience to this ongoing program.  Since 2009 I have also been coordinated the Video Conferencing programs at the Museum. This has provided a great opportunity to have school with the physical object in class link up with a Museum educator. During 2012 we presented video conferencing events to 6500 students from 200 schools across the NSW. In 2012 the Museum in a Box program had 620 boxes of museum specimens and educational resources go to over 250 schools across NSW reaching over 70000 students.

In 2011 we received a NSW Environmental Trust grant to develop a community environmental education program on sustainability, climate change and biodiversity. Museum 2 You was developed with community consultation and was successfully trialled in 2012 to 25 community organisation across NSW.

In 2012 we took over the ownership of the Streamwatch program from Sydney Water and will be coordinating the Streamwatch volunteers from January 2013.

These programs provide a great opportunity for local and regional NSW to get access to Australian Museum resources and expertise.

Qualifications

  • BSc Physical Geography and Environmental Science - Macquarie University
  • Masters Environmental Education - Macquarie University