OGDEN -- The Children's Treehouse Museum in Ogden has been awarded the Promising Practice Award at the Association of Children's Museums conference in Portland, Ore.
The award, presented earlier this month, includes an unrestricted grant of $10,000 from the MetLife Foundation. The Children's Treehouse Museum was selected from 341 museums for the honor.
Treehouse Museum Executive Director Lynne Goodwin, said the award was in recognition of the museum's 15-year SPY (Special Participating Youth) program to encourage 12- to 15-year-olds to volunteer at the museum.
Between 12 and 18 youths are selected each year for the program from across the Top of Utah. They spend the summer learning leadership and team-building skills and receive special training in child development, early literacy and arts education.
Many of the SPY kids end up getting jobs at the museum, she said.
Goodwin said the award was a reflection of the wide community support the Treehouse Museum gets.
This year the museum, 347 22nd St., is celebrating its 20th anniversary of offering hands-on programs and exhibits that focus on literacy and the arts for children and families.