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Thursday, September 3

New video on our work/seeking volunteers
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We have a new video launched on youtube about the work and volunteering at the Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and its Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS). 

Please take 10 minutes to see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APxvAZh8qrQ

We ask you to come visit, volunteer and support us as we work to research, educate about, and conserve our natural world, culture and heritage and use knowledge to promote responsible human interactions with our environment. We have many volunteer opportunities that will enhance your skills and allow you to be part of a team that is dynamic and energetic and making a difference locally. We promote respect (for one self, for fellow human beings, and for the environment). For those interested email us atinfo@palestinenature.org

Opportunities to volunteer exist in these areas:

A) Scientific Research Projects. There are over 20 projects here. Examples: Biodiversity in specific areas (e.g. Wadi AlQuf, Al-Makhrour, Wadi Fukin) including Field work, research on diverse groups of living things (birds, mammals, insects, snails, medical plants), and research on geology, paleontology, and ethnology.

B) Ecosystem structures: Design of living outdoor and animal/plant exhibits that interactive and not “zoo like” or “garden like”). The main goal is to recreate a habitat that will allow a growth in number of species and an equilibrium in the ecosystem created. Here people interested as well as landscape designers, architects, and others who can contribute are needed.

C) Education/behavioral change: Developing the education system in schools, to increase the curiosity for the children and the way they are thinking about the nature around themselves. Developing and training children about recycling/ up-cycling. And developing SMART science exhibition for students in the museum.

D) IT: Building and developing database for the collection and the researches at the museum in order to have an online library in the future.

E) Fundraising: Grant and proposal writing, holding fundraising events to try to get donations for the future building, computers, interactive (touch) screens, projectors etc.

F) Administration: Making partners and relationship between the museum and other organizations and museums around the world. And making sure that all tasks well done.

G) Architecture of new building: Designing the new Eco-friendly building for the museum along with the Pond and cages for birds and butterflies.

F) Media work: Writing stories about the museum and our work including the volunteers and their research, translate it into many languages and publish it in the western and eastern media. Making documentaries and animation movies for the children.

Note: We hold volunteer meetings and workshops regularly and in a beautiful setting of our botanical garden. We welcome visitors, supporters, and volunteers.

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Professor and Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH)
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS)
Bethlehem University
Sustainability, Youth Education and Empowerment
http://www.palestinenature.org
info@palestinenature.org
Tel 970-22773553

Please help us grow, any contribution big or small goes along way and is greatly appreciated!
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