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    Friends of Public Science Education

    You are invited to become a Friend of the Minnesota State University Moorhead Regional Science Center and Planetarium. Friends of the Regional Science Center/Planetarium are individuals who promote its mission of providing quality, science-centered programs. Friends are the people who offer financial support.

    Why Friends?

    Increasing demands have outpaced the dollars available to provide programming at the current level. With a tightening University budget, the Regional Science Center/Planetarium needs its friends' support in order to maintain exhibits and provide free public programs.

    Benefits

    • Planetarium Admission - Friends will receive two planetarium passes annually to each planetarium show. The Planetarium averages five different shows per year.
    • Special Announcements - Friends are the first to receive news about the Center, its staff, and its programs.
    • Recognition - We're proud of your support, and as a Friend you will be recognized in select publications and in displays in our exhibit hall.

    Become a Friend

    Please accept our invitation to support quality science programs for children, college students, adults and the general public. If you have any questions, please call us at 218.477.2904, or email scicentr@mnstate.edu.

    Annual Membership Levels

    • Individual - $25
    • Family - $40
    • Contributor - $100
    • Patron - $250
    • Benefactor - $500
    • Sponsor - $1000

    Send your membership to the MSUM Regional Science Center, Box 118, 1104 7th Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56563. Please make check payable to the MSUM Foundation/Friends Program.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    The purpose of volunteers is to support the Science Center/Planetarium staff in offering science education opportunities to people of all ages. There are volunteer opportunities in all areas, within personal time schedules, and with no age limitations. Through an application and interview process, volunteers are placed in work areas based on their individual interests, skills, and talents.

    The Science Center also offers internships and independent study experiences for college credit. The Center demonstrates its appreciation for volunteers through picnics, potlucks, and an annual recognition dinners.

    What are the volunteer opportunities?

    Volunteers may work in one or more of the following program areas:


    Who can volunteer?

    Anyone interested in our programs can volunteer. Volunteers represent a cross section of the area's population. They are youth, senior citizens, working people, single parents, couples, and families.

    How do I get involved

    Apply for the volunteer program by calling the Science Center office at 218.477.2904. The email address is scicentr@mnstate.edu. You may also pick up an application at the office on campus, Hagen Hall 107B. After receiving your application, we will call you to arrange an interview. During the interview we'll discuss your interests and hours of availability, as well as the Science Center/Planetarium programs and current volunteer opportunities.

    Volunteer Application

    Why volunteer?

    The benefits of volunteering are endless. Some of the rewards include:

    • Acquiring leadership skills
    • Creating new friendships
    • Developing personal talents, skills, and hobbies
    • Obtaining practical work experience
    • Gaining self-esteem
    • Learning about science
    • Teaching others about science and the value of our environment
    • Using personal skills and talents to strengthen science education in this region

    What training is required?

    An orientation session acquaints volunteers with the Science Center/Planetarium staff and facilities. Volunteers gain practical training through workshops and on-the-job experience. Volunteers also receive specific instruction for the area in which they volunteer.

    Why does the Science Center and Planetarium need volunteers?

    As you explore the roles of volunteers in each of our three program areas, you will see how important the work of volunteers is to the Regional Science Center and Planetarium. Each of the programs described in the three program areas could not be offered without the participation of our volunteers.