Located in the heart of the UConn campus, the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History is an important part of a broad educational vision-- a vision focused not only on passing knowledge to future generations, but also on applying this knowledge to solve problems and improve the quality of people's lives. The Museum has a unique role in sharing world-class scholarship about our region directly with the public, giving people of all ages new types of learning experiences and helping them make this information relevant to their own lives.The Museum took the first step toward long-term transformation with the completion of the second floor expansion in Spring 2007. Modest renovations to the Hillside Road building created new classrooms and exhibits for programming with the Connecticut Archaeology Center, bringing the perspectives of many academic disciplines together to explore natural and cultural history of southern New England.As we celebrate the opening of the first permanent programming and exhibit space in the Museum's 20-year history, we also look toward the future. Further expansion will take us to the building's third floor and create much needed collections and laboratory space for our ever-expanding collections. We appreciate your support of the Museum and Archaeology Center and our mission to help people explore relationships between people and the environment. An exciting year lies ahead.