Episode 2: Peer Networking – Therapy + Professional Development

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What can happen when “departments of one” come together? Betsy Loring, Director of Exhibits at EcoTarium, shares the benefits of multi-layered peer-to-peer professional development (across state lines, no less!), including staff retention, more engaging exhibits, and strengthened in-house expertise.

Betsy_Loring_300by200Betsy Loring is the Director of Exhibits at the EcoTarium, a museum of science and nature in Worcester, MA. Set on 55 acres of natural and landscaped grounds, the EcoTarium offers indoor and outdoor experiences for all ages, including hands-on family-friendly exhibits, historic collections, wildlife, and educational programming. Loring oversees the museum’s Wildlife, Collections, and Exhibits Departments.She was the Project Director of the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative, an exhibit and professional development project conducted across four New England museums.

Check out Loring’s case study about the “Exhibit Lab” project, which enabled participants to do a deep focus on professional development and help them put theory into practice.

Members of the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (EEC) working with prototypes during a development meeting for the traveling exhibition Tree Houses. Photo by Don Biehl, courtesy of Ecotarium, Worcester, MA.
Members of the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (EEC) working with prototypes during a development meeting for the traveling exhibition Tree Houses. Photo by Don Biehl, courtesy of Ecotarium, Worcester, MA.

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