I was recently invited to deliver a keynote address at the second annual California State University-Informal Science Institutions Collaborative Symposium to Promote Science Education. The goal of my presentation, generously funded by The Boeing Company, was to inspire students new to the informal education field as well as established professionals successfully working in museums.
When I first started working in the field of “informal learning”, I discovered using this term with friends and family usually resulted in a blank stare. When I clarified this refers to learning that happens out of school—in zoos, museums and nature centers—I would then get a smile and a story of a recent museum visit or childhood field trip. The story usually ended with “I had no idea this was actually a real job!”