Mark Walhimer has been appointed as the new manager of the Frehner Museum of Natural History at Southern Utah University (SUU), signaling a transformative era for the institution. Walhimer's leadership aims to enhance accessibility, engagement, and educational value, positioning the museum as a cornerstone of the Cedar City community.

Dr. William Heyborne, dean of SUU’s Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Natural Sciences, expressed excitement about Walhimer's appointment, anticipating increased awareness and community engagement. Walhimer's strategic vision includes extending museum hours, raising awareness through targeted marketing, and introducing interactive family activities.

Moreover, the museum will serve as a platform to showcase SUU's groundbreaking research in natural history, natural sciences, and STEM fields. Collaborating with SUU's STEM Center, the museum will promote STEM education and real-world learning opportunities.

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The Frehner Museum of Natural History is open Tuesday's through Thursday's from 9:30AM to 3:30PM, but the museum also observes SUU closure dates. Tours are also available by advance appointment and you can contact the museum here. Admission to the museum is free.

Walhimer's emphasis on natural history and science will create a comprehensive and immersive experience for visitors, celebrating the wonders of the natural world and scientific inquiry. With his extensive experience in museum management, Walhimer's leadership promises to invigorate the Frehner Museum of Natural History, enriching both the local community and attracting visitors from across the region.

Situated on SUU's campus, the Frehner Museum of Natural History serves as a vital resource for students and community members interested in exploring nature and science through engaging exhibits, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives. You will find the museum in the first floor of the Science Addition Building on the southeast corner of the SUU campus.

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