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.

Under the Arctic Ice Photo Essay

Explore "Under Arctic Ice," a photo essay developed by NOAA that gives you a behind-the-scenes view as researchers explore life in icy Arctic waters.

A Guide to Earthquake Lesson Plans

On August 23, 2011 a 5.8 earthquake emanated from the little-known Central Virginia Seismic Zone. The epicenter was near Mineral, VA, but the tremor shook homes, schools, and office buildings in Washington, DC and beyond. In...

Map of the Magnitude 5.8 Virginia Earthquake of 2011

On August 23, 2011 a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the East Coast of the United States. The earthquake map shown here, generated by the U.S. Geological Survey and regional seismic network operators, shows the ground motion...

NOAA Ocean Today Videos

Videos Learn more in these related NOAA Ocean Today videos " Arctic Exploration " and " Monitoring the Arctic and Antarctic ".

Smithsonian Institution Arctic Studies Center

Explore the history of Arctic culture and the environment through the collections, archives, photos, and educational resources of the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center website . You can also check out their education...

5 Reasons to Revere, Not Fear, the Shark

Over the years, sharks have gotten a bad rap as bloodthirsty man-eaters. We challenge you to take a second look at these magnificent creatures and to fight fear with facts. Here are five reasons to re-think the shark—even...

Rethink the Shark PSA

"Rethink the Shark" Video: Every year, humans kill an estimated 70 million sharks. The threats we pose are many. So, what poses a greater threat to humans--sharks or toasters? The creators of this public service announcement...

5 Simple Things You Can Do for the Ocean

More than ever, the fate of the ocean is in our hands. To be good stewards and leave a thriving ocean for future generations, we need to make changes big and small wherever we are. To make a positive difference, here are...

Map of Early European Whaling Region

For over a decade scientists have been investigating an early European whaling site at Hare Harbor in Quebec, Canada . Located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, just south of the 16th century Basque whaling communities in...

Excavation of an Inuit House

Excavations between 2002 through 2011 at Hare Harbor have shown that this site was a whaling and fishing station occupied by Basque and Inuit assistants ca. 1680-1730. Archaeologists have uncovered a cookhouse, a blacksmith...

Fragment of a European Bellarmine Jug

A 2011 excavation led by the Arctic Studies Center uncovered this fragment of decorated European stoneware called a bellarmine jug. Uncovering this fragment, that was likely manufactured in the 15th and 16th centuries,...

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