From the University of Nevada, Reno
New facility will offer science education and a look at historic collections of preserved plants and animals from the Great Basin and beyond
The needles of a singleleaf pinyon pine once provided food, fire and shelter for Native Americans. This Great Basin plant will be one of 92,000 dried specimens available to view at the new University of Nevada, Reno Museum of Natural History. Faculty, students and K-12 teachers are invited to see the plants, bugs and mammals in the museum in an open house at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5.
"The museum will provide students and residents of our area a place to learn about their natural heritage" Elizabeth Leger, a University professor and co-director of the museum, said. "One of the most important aspects of our collection is its age. Some of these plants and animals were collected at the turn of the last century, and are truly irreplaceable records of how Nevada used to be."
See the full article here: http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2014/museum-of-natural-history
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