The Coral Reef collection was created in the fall of 2008 to provide Academy docents the opportunity to showcase the new iconic Philippine Coral Reef Aquarium and to enhance the public’s understanding of the diversity of species associated with tropical coral reefs
Initial specimens in this collection were assembled as part of early coral reef training workshops, with the assistance of docents Ingrid Oyen and Delcey Watkins. Nancy Elenberger assumed primary responsibility for this collection in the fall of 2009, and we owe her special thanks for her enthusiastic contribution to the current specimen collection, supporting photos and diagrams, and more emphatically, for her extensive efforts in researching vetted sources for the material contained in this document. Additional thanks to Jill Ross-Kuntz, who developed the section on “Themes and Concepts.” Finally, always special thanks to Academy’s docent staff Kathleen Lilienthal and Velma Schnoll, whose constant guidance and support are critical to the maintenance of this collection.
New material was vetted by _________________ in 2010.
Cart Team Chair
Cart Materials and Presentation
The goal of cart presentations is to engage visitors in exploration and discovery.
Cart Collection specimens are chosen for their attractiveness to the public, their availability, their teaching potential (both singly and/or combined with other specimens), and their durability and safety for handling.
Research has shown that visitors will have a more positive experience when they have personal interactions with a person representing the Academy.
To stimulate curiosity and understanding by giving visitors a docent-guided opportunity to examine and learn from real specimens.
To offer a unique, engaging hands-on exploration.
To provide insight into Academy exhibits and concepts.