Support for Educators

How we can help

Our expert staff is here to work with you to find innovative applications for Lending Library materials that enhance your curriculum, build expertise with workshops and hands-on activities, connect educators with external partners, and more. Not sure where to start? We can help!

We are available for consultation by appointment during regular Library hours. Consultations may include finding appropriate Lending Library materials that support your learning goals, training in how to use equipment, lesson ideas, and correlation to state standards.

We also create professional growth opportunities around popular topics and coordinate Guest Workshops including Vernier Software & Technology, the Department of Natural Resources, and others.

Looking for Engineering is Elementary teacher workshops? Contact or call (651) 221-4540 for more information. 

 Our Staff

Karla Ollanketo
Karla has been at the museum since 2007, where she began as an instructor and curriculum developer. She has been a librarian in the Lending Library since 2017. She has a Life Science Education degree from the University of Minnesota, and has taught biology and environmental biology. Karla is especially interested in creative uses of items for interdisciplinary learning, and is always on the lookout for ways to maximize limited resources. She loves playing all sorts of games, with Minecraft being one of her enduring favorites.