The sound of gleeful children unearthing fossils rung through the Omaha Children’s Museum on Saturday, May 24 at the opening of their exhibit, Dinos … The Big Dig. After a parade and celebration, children gathered around the massive display of prehistoric creatures on the museum’s 2nd floor, then buckled down to work in the dig pit to experience the thrill of fossil discovery.
“We believe strongly that children learn through play. We want them to really use their imaginations,” says Michelle Chartrand, the museum’s Director of Advancement. She adds that the museum uses exhibits to help introduce children to careers.
“We really want to give kids a feel of what it’s like to be a paleontologist.”
– Michelle Chartrand, Omaha Children’s Museum’s Director of Advancement
TransCanada provided a $5,000 donation to support the museum with the overall costs of purchasing the dinosaurs, which can be used for future exhibits. The museum also has the option of using them for a potential revenue stream by renting them out to other organizations.
“Dinosaurs is one of the most popular exhibits we do here at the museum,” says Chartrand, who expects some to see 135,000 people to tour the exhibit.
TransCanada has had operations in Nebraska since 1982, and local employees from the Omaha office and their families helped kick off the exhibit’s opening day on May 24 by taking part in the museum’s traditional parade to usher in the summer exhibit.
“At TransCanada we believe it is important to be active in and supportive of the communities we live and work in,” says Pat Morgan, who works in community relations in TransCanada’s Omaha office. “An interactive exhibit like this makes that so easy because it truly is so much fun for both children and parents.”
Giving back to our communities has been an important part of TransCanada’s everyday culture for over 60 years. Our Community Investment pillars focus on partnerships that align with safety, community and environment. In 2013, TransCanada directed more than $12.7 million to more than 1,600 non-profit organizations across North America.
Dinos … The Big Dig will run until September 7, 2014.