Prairie Dioramas - Life Sciences Gallery

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Glenn Sutter
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Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The Life Sciences Gallery at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum uses life-sized dioramas and interactive exhibits to examine the ecology and natural history of Saskatchewan.  Completed in 2001, the Gallery consists of an orientation area, a tour of unaltered Saskatchewan landscapes, a section called Global View that looks at how the province is connected to distant locations, and The Human Factor, which looks at regional and global issues associated with human activity, and potential solutions.  Several dioramas in the Gallery focus on grasslands, simulating the sights and sounds of native prairie ecosystems and telling "neat stories" about different plants and animals through interpretive labels.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

The current Life Sciences Gallery will be in place for at least 15 years, with periodic updates.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
native prairie, natural history, biodiversity, animal ecology, plant ecology
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The RSM has an annual visitation of about 150,000, plus another 20,000 students who take par in specific programs or teacher-supervised visits.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?: 

What do visitors like and dislike about natural history dioramas?  How do people with different learning styles engage with the content?  What aspects of the museum experience are memorable?  Do these memories have a lasting impact?   What inspires people to come back for repeated visits?  What strategies should teachers use to help their students get the most out of a museum visit?  What are the benefits and drawbacks of this sort of public education?

Publications (Has there been any documentation of this project/research?): 

No research has been published about the LSG to date, but visitor use data have been, and will continue to be collected.  This information will be published as part of a research paper about The Human Factor exhibit, this fall.

Project sponsors/funders: 

Funding for the Life Sciences was provided by the Government of Saskatchewan, Royal Bank Financial Group, Optimist International, and Natural Resources Canada through the Climate Change Action Fund. 

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Through a student researcher.