As an engaged member of the University community, the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH) is part of a long-standing academic tradition. Its charge is two-fold: (1) to create a context for what is being learned about the environment that makes it relevant and useful to the student body and the broader lay population and (2) to make the work being done at the University approachable and useful to the people of Connecticut. In doing so, the CSMNH explores how natural history shapes the lives of people and how in turn, people are shaping natural history. By engaging collaboratively across the many disciplines at the University, the CSMNH highlights the work being done at UConn and beyond, and inspires creative new perspectives about the relationship of humans with the natural world. Integral to its mission, the CSMNH sponsors educational programs, supports natural history collections, and develops exhibits to engage the University community and the citizens of the state about the linkages between humans and the environment.