When I arrived at work on Tuesday morning I had a visitor waiting on my desk. Yes, ON my desk. It was Flat Stanley and he was visiting from Mornington School in Dunedin.
Stanley came with a letter from Room 7 at MorningtonSchool. These students told me that they were learning about oceans but Te Papa was too far to travel for a class trip – so they sent the classmate Stanley to have a look around and learn some things.
The next day I took Stanley on a walk around the museum and we took photos of Stanley with some interesting marine creatures – penguins, sharks, the colossal squid and some whales.
I then had a thought – maybe Stanley (and his classmates) would be interested to see how big Te Papa’s collections are. So I got in touch with our Invertebrates Curator, Rick Webber, who was happy to show Stanley through some of the collection.
After some introductions, Rick took us through the fishes collection and the marine invertebrate collection and Stanley was fascinated by creatures such as sea stars, sea urchins and crabs.
The final part of the tour was into the vertebrates collection where Stanley got to see some of the other animals in the collection – birds, marlin and even a bear skeleton!
After an hour looking through the collection, Flat Stanley was pretty tired so he thanked his new friend Rick for showing him around and we headed back to Te Papa.
By this stage Flat Stanley was getting a bit homesick and ready to head back to Dunedin with all his photos and tell his classmates what amazing things he saw! So I popped him back in his envelope and sent him in the mail back home, where Room 7 at Mornington School were keen to hear about his adventure.