DAYTON SOCIETY OF NATURAL HISTORY

Dayton, OH   |  www.boonshoftmuseum.org

Mission

The mission of the Dayton Society of Natural History is to educate and enlighten all people of the region about the wonders of the world through the work of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park and Fort Ancient.

Ruling year info

1958

Interim CEO/CFO

Mr. Doug Hull

Main address

2600 Deweese Pkwy

Dayton, OH 45414 USA

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EIN

31-0585917

NTEE code info

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our vision is to be the premier regional provider of interactive learning experiences which enrich the lives of children of all ages, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote deeper understanding of the world.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

The mission of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is to be the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world. To preserve, protect, and enhance the Museum's anthropology, geology, paleontology, and biology collections, and to make these collections available for exhibition, education, and research purposes.

Population(s) Served

The Mission of SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park is to protect, preserve and research the cultural remains of the SunWatch National Historic Landmark archaeological site and to serve as a visitor and educational center for archaeology, Native American culture, and heritage stewardship as they relate to the site.

Population(s) Served

The Mission of the Dayton Society of Natural History at Fort Ancient is to provide visitor and educational services focused on archaeology, Native American culture, and heritage stewardship as they relate to the site, on behalf of the Ohio History Connection.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

American Alliance of Museums 2012

Association of Zoos and Aquariums- Accreditation 2016

Association of Children's Museums

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Science and Technology Centers

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Provide an extraordinary guest experience
Showcase the collections through engaging exhibits that appeal to all ages
Provide experiential learning opportunities
Ensure financial vitality
Increase visibility, public participation and community partnerships

Exemplify excellence in customer service in all areas of operations.
Establish a five year master plan to update exhibits so that they are positive and engaging educational experiences for entire families to enjoy together; showcase the talent of our own curation staff by curating exhibits in-house whenever possible; create a new museum entrance; ensure that all interactive activities are safe for children by updating the play spaces.
Provide a variety of educational programs for pre-k through 12; interact closely with regional schools to offer STEM educational programs that meet academic curriculum; provide interactive STEM-based field trips, summer camps and other other learning experiences.
Increase fundraising to $2 million per year; be excellent steward of donor resources; build museum's endowment; manage all expenses to budget; increase membership and admission revenue.
Increase brand awareness through the community through greater communication, social media, special events, and community partnerships.

The DSNH is proud to have an incredibly talented and well-educated staff, with all educators and collections staff maintaining advanced degrees. The entire staff is dedicated to reaching the goals and have committed to a set of institutional values that exemplify what our organization is committed to:

Discovery – We invoke a sense of curiosity about science, history and the natural world
Science-Minded – We believe in scientific principles and foster an environment that teaches logic, hypothesis-testing, critical thinking and reasoning.
Inspiration – We inspire a love of learning, exploration and understanding of our past, present and future.
Collaboration – We work together to achieve collective success.
Family-oriented – The family experience is the center of our focus and we provide experiences that engage people of all ages so they may positively interact with one another.
Passionate – We care about what we do and share our enthusiasm with others.

Increase community participation is vital to our ongoing success. This includes increasing the number of members, visitors, volunteers and donors. We continue to see the very best community leadership for our board and associate board to help guide us in reaching our goals.

Upgraded Pizza Kitchen, Shape Shop and Zoo Vet Clinic exhibits.
Serve more than 17,000 school children per year via field trips.
Partner with Preschool Promise to expose children to STEM education before entering kindergarten.
Revitalized summer camp programs to be completely STEM-related.
Reintroduced a "Field Camp" for children to have a field science experience.
Obtained funding to create an Ancient Egypt exhibit that will open summer 2019 and feature one of the country's only 3D digital touch screen displays to examine a 2,000 year old mummy.
Upgrade the Planetarium with new seats, lighting, carpeting, dome cleaning and painting to enhance the experience.
Increased participation in fundraising events.
Established monthly behind-the-scenes tours for community and business leaders.
Increased number of educational animals.
New display cases installed at SunWatch to showcase new exhibits.

Future endeavors include:
Remodeling the Science Theater and Do Lab.
Create a new Ancient Egypt permanent exhibit.
Installing a working lab to study water quality and invertebrates.
Renew AZA accreditation by 2020.
Remodel the front entrance to feature Ice Age Mammals with new casts of a Giant Ground Sloth, Short-Face Bear, Saber-tooth Cat and Mastodon.
Create new space for educational animals.
Reconstruction of the Women's House at SunWatch.
See Fort Ancient recognized as a World Heritage Society by 2022.
Continue the work of identifying all of the 1.8 million artifacts in our collection.
Work hard to inspire children and families about the natural wonders of the world.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DAYTON SOCIETY OF NATURAL HISTORY

Board of directors
as of 6/19/2019
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Board chair

Mr. Greg Hoffbauer

AK Steel

Term: 2018 - 2019

Debra Brathwaite

Transformative Education Consulting LLC

Carissa Clark

SheroBox, LLC

Cheryl Ennis

KeyBank

Rachel Goodspeed

Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio

Tim Kambitsch

Dayton Metro Library

Joan Knoll

Community Volunteer

K. Richard Niehoff

Retired

Terry Posey

Thompson Hine

Timonth Rice

Retired

Jose Rodriguez

Rodrigues Financial Strategies, LLC

Nora Stang

Retired

Matthew Theil

Ray/Theil Wealth Management, LLC

Charlie Wright

Wright Brothers, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes