Dr. Barbara Butler’s academic credentials include a BA in biology from Millikin University, Decatur, IL; an MA in anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo; and a Ph. D. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Barbara taught at North Texas State University, Denton, TX and the University of Delaware, Newark, DE before becoming the director of the Delaware Museum of Natural History. In 1990, she joined the staff of the Informal Science Education program at the National Science Foundation as program director of Informal Science Education and section head of the Science Literacy Section. Her tenure there was 10 years. Barbara has been active in Visitor Studies Association since the early 1990’s, serving two terms on the board, chair of the Albuquerque annual meeting local arrangements committee, and as chair of the VSA professional development committee.
Since retirement she has consulted with a number of informal learning organizations including the Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego, CA; Biodiversity Project, Madison, WI; Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, IL; The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Garden, Pasadena, CA; and the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, Wilmington, DE, among others. She also serves on the board for the Placitas Artists Series, a local organization that provides chamber music, visual art, and a school outreach program in southern Sandoval County, New Mexico.
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