Undergrads help handle our specimen backlog!


Yesterday we had thirteen VT students from the Natural History Collections Club attend a work night at the Massey Herbarium! The students helped with mounting specimens from our backlog and preparing material for mini-specimens for an outreach event. After pizza of course!


Students prepared hundreds of samples for mini-specimens! These will be used in a hands-on activity at the VT Science Festival.


And we set up an assembly line for mounting plant specimens for our collection!


Some of the finished products! The mounted specimens are ready to be databased, imaged, and filed. The boxes of flowers are ready for kids to make their own mini-specimens!


First meeting of the Natural History Collections Club!


The Massey Herbarium was proud to host the first meeting of the student-led VT Natural History Collections Club last night. 15 students and two curators attended the meeting, led by president Erin Quesenberry.

The students discussed natural history collections and their interest in helping collections. They then toured the herbarium and particularly enjoyed seeing our oldest specimen (1829), specimens of extinct species, and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Students also enjoyed the pizza and the Specimen Selfie Station!