Vital Volunteers

As a patron and an employee, Paula Meadows knows a thing or two about the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. "This is a world-class institution and a gem in our region of the world," Paula said.


Paula's first experience at the Museum was as a visitor to the 1987-88 exhibition, Ramses II: The Great Pharaoh and His Time. "It was a blockbuster exhibition covering all three floors of the Museum," she said. "I remember volunteers in Egyptian costume, representing different exhibit characters.  I was very impressed with the Museum and the exhibition."


Paula began working at the Museum a few years later as the coordinator of volunteers for the next blockbuster exhibition, AZTEC: The World of Moctezuma. Her short-term position became permanent in 1993 when she was hired to create a volunteer program that would support the growing number of temporary exhibitions the Museum was beginning to attract.


Today, Paula is the director of volunteer and visitor services. She believes the volunteer program is key to the success of the Museum. "The institution could not run as efficiently without the help of the volunteers," Paula said. "Having volunteered myself, I recognize the value of the services and talent offered."


Paula is committed to the long-term health of the Museum. This is why she is a proud member of the Edwin Carter Legacy Society, a group of individuals who have remembered the Museum in their estate plans. "The Museum is a wonderful place to come learn, play, relax and just enjoy," she said. "I feel very blessed to work in a place that I love."

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