Walt Burgoyne spent many years as a zoo and park naturalist before joining the Museum's Education Department staff in 2005 post-Katrina. After graduating from Michigan State university with his B.S. double major in Biology and Park Interpretation, Walt volunteered at zoos in MI, FL, and CA. He later obtained his Master's degree in Science Education from the University of Florida afterward holding paid positions at zoos in MN and TX before landing at (and loving) New Orleans, LA. His last academic involvement was post-graduate coursework at the Institute for Ministry, Loyola University (NOLA), and finished his naturalist career with National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service stints. All this time, he was a historical wargamer, and this hobby enabled him to "hit the ground running" when hired by The National WWII Museum immediately after Katrina, remaining until late May 2020. His interdisciplinary, visitor-centered approach to history dialogues with visitors informed his training of the museum's paid and volunteer tour guides and docents for almost 15 years.