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The Wayne State College A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History houses over 15000 specimens of birds, mammals, invertebrates, plants, and fossils.  The Museum was created by Jewell Schock, former Zoologist at Wayne State College.  He collected and prepared specimens from Northeast Nebraska over 30 years.  Mr. Schock was assisted over the years by numerous students and he used the collections to aid in teaching and science education and outreach. 

The Wayne State College Museum of Natural History Mission Statement:  The Mission of the Museum of Natural History is to preserve natural diversity of life in Northeast Nebraska through maintaining and adding to our collections, through science education and outreach, and through actions to conserve and restore natural habitat in the region.

  • The Museum’s science education and outreach activities include interactive tours of the Museum, classroom visits by Museum staff to area K-12 schools and volunteer biological monitoring and assessment of regional streams, wetlands, lakes, and prairies.  Museum staff and other faculty involve WSC students and regional K-12 students on Service-Learning projects, as well.
  • The Museum’s conservation and restoration activities include beta diversity analysis of spring fed streams to find habitat in need of restoration or conservation and restoration of regional prairies.
  • Museum collections include over 10,000 plant specimens, 3000 invertebrate specimens, 1700 vertebrate specimens excluding birds, and 1300 bird specimens many of which were collected and prepared by Wayne Mollhoff.  Once a database of collection identifications and site information is completed it will be made available via this web page.
Museum Staff:
Dr. Barbara Hayford, Director and Curator of invertebrates.  Contact information: email: bahayfo1@wsc.edu, phone: 402-375-7338
Dr. Mark Hammer, Curator of the Charles Maier Herbarium.  Contact information:  email: mahamme1@wsc.edu, phone: 402-375-7043
Dr. Ronald Loggins, Curator of vertebrates.  Contact information: email: rologgi1@wsc.edu, phone: 402-375-7045
Dr. Kelly Dilliard, Curator of geology.  Contact information: email: kedilli1@wsc.edu, phone: 402-375-7343

The Wayne State Museum of Natural History is located in the Carhart Science Building on the campus of Wayne State College, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, NE 68787.