Maggy Hunter Benson

Maggy Benson manages both distance learning and community partnerships in the Office of Education and Outreach at the National Museum of Natural History. She manages the implementation of the NMNH distance learning program, which pioneers new models for using digital media and technology to engage youth audiences who cannot access the Museum. As a partnership manager, Maggy oversees the building and maintenance of relationships with schools, school districts, professional associations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations locally and nationally. Prior to this position, she was the community manager and producer for the Webby Award-winning Smithsonian Ocean Portal.

Prior to her work at Smithsonian, Maggy was the coordinator of Coastal America’s Learning Center Network, implementing international ocean science activities and programs such as the International Student Summit on Oceans and Coasts and the International Ocean art Contest, in partnership with aquariums, federal agencies, and corporations.

Maggy enjoys spending her time cycling through Washington, DC and occasionally slipping away to the coast to swim, surf, and dive.

Earth Day 101: Students Set the Example

Looking for more Earth Day ideas? Visit the EPA’s “Pick Five for the Environment” website. For more than 40 years, Earth Day has been a day to get your hands dirty—or wet! No act of green or blue is too small. Whether you...

Google Earth

watch a video tour of the Smithsonian's Gulf of Mexico marine collections then download Google Earth to explore Smithsonian's marine collections on the explore the ocean layer

Scientists From Woods Hole Respond to Gulf Oil Spill

Soon after the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) administrators and investigators were among those whom BP and the federal...

Demystifying Seafood

Guests enjoy American wines and seafood at the Smithsonian's 2010 sustainable seafood event. Learn more about this year's event, Demystifying Seafood . Credit: Emily Hayes Photography Calling all fans of Bravo's "Top Chef"...

Guests at Smithsonian's 2010 Sustainable Seafood Event

Guests enjoy American wines and seafood at the Smithsonian's 2010 sustainable seafood event. This year, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural HIstory is hosting Demystifying Seafood , a wine and dine event on Thursday...

One fish, two fish, crawfish, bluefish

Visit the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum's sustainable seafood website for more seafood information, including recipes from One fish, two fish, crawfish, bluefish.

Demystifying Seafood

Demystifying seafood is Smithsonian's sustainable seafood event being held on June 9th, 2011

Demystifying Seafood Event Sponsors

"Demystifying Seafood," a Smithsonian Resident Associate Program event on June 9, 2011 is made possible by the generous support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service; Gulf...

Tide Pools and Adaptations

Adaptation is the key word if you are looking to survive in a tide pool, a space that some scientists describe as the most competitive real estate in the ocean. Tide pools are exposed to the water's ebb and flow, and plants...

Equipment for a Fossil Excavation

Paleobiologist Dr. Nicholas Pyenson, Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals for the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, has packed his bags for an expedition to Panama to excavate a fossil described as a "shark-...