Smithsonian Teacher Night, Take Two
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October 23rd, 2009 – by: diisha392
I had forgotten my registration ticket at home and had needed to go back, thus being delayed about 20 minutes. The delay turned out to be advantageous; as I walked into the museum and received my complimentary bag, the volunteer told me that for my patience (I had had to wait all of ten seconds for their attention), I had a door prize coming my way. Sure enough, when I looked in the bag, a paper announced my winning of a door prize (which would be a baseball cap that said "Smithsonian Teacher Night 2005"). My first exciting moment of the evening :)
Upstairs, I snagged a ticket for an 8:15 visit to the butterflies.
I walked into the small lab with definite curiosity. I had never had an opportunity like this before. One woman offered her microscope, and I could see teeth so tiny that a delicate, wet paintbrush was the only way they could be picked up. Another lady explained how her air drill was slowly revealing a 50-million year old leaf.
I shuffled my way through the crowded second floor hallways to return to the Butterfly Pavilion. A humid 88 degrees, the double igloo-like structure houses approximately 300 species from across the world. I loved watching the butterflies and moths flutter around, landing on plants, finding a snack on the slices of pineapples, bananas, and cantaloupes.
After my walk past the wings, I cut through a few other exhibits (Insect Zoo, Forensics, Western Cultures where I found the Trojan artifacts as usual) but did not spend much time looking at them since I've seen them before.
I took advantage of a rare opportunity to visit the Discovery Room, normally restricted to children. I've always loved the hands-on aspect of these learning centers.
My evening winding down, I headed out the front door with a small but steady flow of other teachers. On my walk back to the Smithsonian Metro, I enjoyed the brilliant white of the Capitol and Washington Monument.
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