For Peter and Cathy Dea, science is a lifelong passion.
As a geologist, Peter Dea made many visits to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science before joining the corporate giving committee in the late 90s. The committee was chaired by Peter's good friend, John Hickenlooper.
"John's passion and excitement had a pretty powerful influence on my role in the Museum," Peter said.
Now a Museum trustee, Peter is dedicated to providing more hands-on, curiosity-charging ways for both children and adults to discover science. He believes the Denver Museum of Nature & Science presents many opportunities for such engagement.
"It is just full of fun and invigorating ways to really engross oneself and one's family with science and nature," Peter said.
Cathy Dea agreed, recalling trips to the Museum with her children. "It is an incredible place to learn about so many things, from rocks to dinosaurs to health, from the diorama halls to the planetarium," Cathy said.
Recently, Peter and Cathy had the opportunity to help with Museum's fossil excavation near Snowmass Village, Colorado. While digging with the Museum team and President George Sparks, Cathy helped uncover the skull of an Ice Age bison and shared in the excitement of eating actual seeds from the Ice Age! She recalls the discovery with great emotion.
"As we were uncovering her, it was as if she said 'you found us and now you need to share us.' And that changed my life. I mean, to find something that beautiful and then to be able to share it with everybody is just incredible," Cathy said.
Peter believes that ambitious field efforts and engaging exhibitions make the Museum one of the top science museums in the United States. He says that the Museum's recent attendance records and growing membership of over 58,000 households are a testament to the institutions excellence.
"It's pretty hard not to give to the Museum. It is probably the best institution for kids and adults and people of all kinds of socioeconomic statuses to come and enjoy what we have in this region," Peter said, "We know our financial contributions make a positive and lasting impact on the community."