I spend a substantial amount of my free time volunteering with the Pacific Science Center (PacSci). I love PacSci because I love science, but also because I deeply respect their mission to "ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us."
I volunteer most Thursdays with the Horticulture Exhibits team headed by Jillian Weed, which means that I am responsible for the care and keeping of the tropical butterfly house!
Shortly after joining the Horticulture Team, I also began working with the Exhibit Design Team to create exhibits for PacSci’s guests — see below for more information about the first exhibit I helped with!
Death is not the End Exhibit
The Death is not the End Exhibit was on display at the Pacific Science Center from October 2018 through January 2019. I helped design the exhibit, and I contributed bags of mushrooms growing on recycled newspaper to illustrate nutrient recycling.
I was also featured on the Pacific Science Center’s weekly podcast (created and produced by the wonderful Stan Orchard!) to discuss my mushrooms. A link to that episode, in which I am “The Mushroom Lady,” can be found here.
An early attempt to grow shiitake and oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds. If you look carefully, you can see shiitake mycelium on top, and oyster mushroom mycelium in the middle layer.
My parents were great sports and spent an afternoon exploring the Pacific Science Center during a recent visit to Seattle