What cause are you representing and why is it important to highlight?
I represent the continued scientific discovery of The Field Museum here in Chicago. While most people know The Field for its exhibitions, we actually have over 30 million specimens on our grounds, from beetles, to Roman artifacts, to pieces of the moon. Over 200 scientists work with those specimens to broaden our understanding in the fields of Botany, Zoology, Geology, and Anthropology. The Field not only houses an incredible space where people across the world come to learn about the Natural Sciences, we actually further those sciences every single day through our research.
What new or innovative developments are taking place to either increase awareness or to address the issue itself?
Weird to say it, but me! I’m in a brand new role at The Field whose goal is greater awareness of our scientific work (and our conservation efforts both here in Chicago and in the Amazon region). I’m building programming to appeal to adults who are interested in learning and unique experiences but might not realize just how much The Field does. This means anything from ongoing film screenings where speakers will highlight the science behind movies like Jurassic Park, to events where The Museum is open later so folks who aren’t typically able to get there between 9-5 can come and see what we have on display.
How can YNPN members and supporters help or get more involved?
They can come to our first Late Night event at The Museum! We’re opening our Tattoo exhibition from 7 – 10 pm on February 16th with help from event sponsor Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, who will be bringing in some surprises themselves. Tickets include admission, one free Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Drink, snacks, and an exclusive look at parts of our collection. The better attended this event is, the better chance there is we’ll put on more in the future.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about your cause?
Noah Cruickshank is the Adult Engagement Manager at The Field Museum. Born in Canada but raised in Chicago, he has worked with nonprofits in various communities for the past five years.
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