Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with the Academy. From becoming an Academy member or supporter to volunteering as an intern, guide, or research assistant, you can join the Academy in our mission to encourage and cultivate the natural and environmental sciences. You can also participate in our in-depth programs for learners of all ages.


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Center for Environmental Policy

Join in the discussion around today's most critical environmental issues.

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Programs

The Academy has exciting, in-depth programs for learners of all ages.

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Volunteering

Volunteers are integral to the success of the Academy.

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Giving

Find out how you can make a difference.

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Upcoming Events

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  • Paleopalooza

    Saturday Mar 4 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Every year, the Academy celebrates all things prehistoric during Paleopalooza, a two-day festival of fossils. We offer new and exciting activities each year, along with our most popular and recurring attractions.
  • Paleopalooza

    Sunday Mar 5 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Every year, the Academy celebrates all things prehistoric during Paleopalooza, a two-day festival of fossils. We offer new and exciting activities each year, along with our most popular and recurring attractions.
  • 2017 Academy Town Square Series Presents: Sandra Postel

    Wednesday Mar 15 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

    Join Sandra Postel and the Academy of Natural Sciences for a Town Square on freshwater issues.
  • Founders Day

    Monday Mar 20 10:00 AM-4:30 PM

    Pay what you wish to celebrate the anniversary of the Academy’s founding. Bring your friends and family to enjoy dinosaurs, butterflies, and more!
  • Night in the Museum

    Saturday and Sunday Apr 1 & 2 6:30 PM-9:00 AM

    Experience the Academy’s towering dinosaurs—including T. rex—after dark! Your action-packed night at the museum barely leaves room for shut-eye.
  • Philadelphia Science Festival: Science After Hours: Prom

    Friday Apr 21 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

    The wildly successful celebration for the 21+ crowd is back, this year with a prom theme! Academy malacologist Nasreen Phillips will be sharing what it’s like to look after millions of mollusks at an interactive table. Meet a variety of live terrestrial snails and slugs from the Academy’s Malacology Collection.
  • Philadelphia Science Festival: Neighborhood Science After School

    Monday Apr 24 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

    What better way to celebrate science than in your own backyard? Join the Philadelphia Science Festival at your neighborhood library after school for a celebration of science exploration!
  • Philadelphia Science Festival: Science on Tap Untapped: Scientific Malarkey

    Monday Apr 24 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

    Join the Academy of Natural Sciences, Chemical Heritage Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Wagner Institute of Science, the Mütter Museum, and National Mechanics for a special PSF Science on Tap that will explore debunked theories that were once accepted as reality in the scientific world.
  • Philadelphia Science Festival: Fake Out: The Science of Deception

    Tuesday Apr 25 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

    See if you can determine fact from fiction in this engaging program all about the science of deception. Go behind the scenes of the world’s most convincing tricks as you uncover the secret science behind artificial sweeteners, animal mimicry, artistic forgeries, and more!
  • Philadelphia Science Festival: Science Storytime

    Wednesday Apr 26 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

    A lifelong love of science starts with a spark! At Science Storytime, youngsters will begin to develop an inquisitive approach to the world through movement, dance, and joint discoveries. Read, ask questions, and celebrate creative thinking as you begin to ignite the spark of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) in your child.
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