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Theatre panel made by museum academy student. Students examine tree rings as part of the citizen scientist outreach program.. Students visit the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center as part of the citizen scientist program.

The museum's outreach programs engage and connect audiences beyond the museum's walls. These include teen and scout programs, and programs for adults with disabilities. Collaborations with community partners also extend the museum's reach. Current partners include Anacostia Arts Center, DC Public Library system, numerous environmental and river conservation agencies, historical societies and guilds, and other government and private entities. The education department recognizes the value of reaching out to those who might not ordinarily come to the museum or who may have accessibility issues. This outreach extends beyond metropolitan Washington into outlying counties in Maryland and Virginia.