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Become a Tour Guide!

JMM Tour Guide Certification Program

All museum tours are led and designed by students and employees of the museum. You can become certified as a JMM tour guide to lead our educational and interactive tours for educational groups and visitors of all ages. Earlham students are eligible for work-study reimbursement, Bonner service hours, as volunteers, or as interns for credit (by permission of Lisa Butch and Heather Lerner).

To sign up please complete the survey, here

Workshop 1 (September 1, 10:00am - 3:00pm) 

Tour guides in training will get a walk-through of the museum highlighting feature specimens/exhibits and common visitor questions, an introduction to the field of interpretation (including interpretive principles and goals), an introduction to the museum structure and certification process, and an introduction to our tours.

After completing the Introductory Workshop 1, tour-guides-in-training will choose one or more programs to learn through materials available on the Moodle site. Tour-guides-in-training are invited to return during museum open hours to practice with the planetarium, the live animals (with a host or animal caretaker present), and the program materials. It is strongly suggested to practice each of these skills-based areas several times before attempting certification in Workshop 2.)


Workshop 2 (September 8, 10:00 am - 3:00pm) 

Tour guides in training will lead programs to demonstrate their skills for certification. You must have completed three online badge quizzes before Workshop 3: Interpretation, Planetarium, one Program of your choice (e.g. Egypt, Ice Age) to be eligible to certify on the programs. 

Once you have passed the online quizzes and passed your three required skills assessments, you will be a certified JMM Tour Guide! You may lead any program for which you have completed the badge. You will share your available times through your Zimbra calendar with us and we will send you tour requests as we receive them. 


To sign up for training, please complete the survey, here


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