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

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Upcoming Events

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  • Spring Break Camp

    Thursday Apr 17 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Kids can spend spring break at the Academy with our Spring Break Academy Explorers Camp! Each day includes a live presentation by one of the Academy’s teacher-naturalists, an exploration of our exhibits (including Outside In, Butterflies!, and The Big Dig) and "campers-only" games, crafts, and activities. Spring Break Camp runs April 14-18.
  • Pre-K Discovery Day

    Saturday Apr 19 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Little scientists will have the biggest fun at the Academy’s first Pre-K Discovery Day! Visit the third level of the museum for exploration perfectly suited for scientists ages 3–5: ·
  • Ruth Patrick Memorial Symposium: Environmental Thinking from Roots to Revolution

    Tuesday Apr 22 8:00 AM-12:30 PM

    Join fellow scientists and environmental advocates for a free symposium on Tuesday, April 22. We will explore how Dr. Patrick launched the field of Environmental Science, as well as her many contributions. Finally, we will take a close look at how her work has spurred the grand evolution of the field in the 21st Century.
  • Story Time: Meet our New Hedgehogs

    Thursday Apr 24 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

    Join two ridiculously cute hedgehogs (and a few Academy educators) for a special meet-and-greet. As we introduce you to our brand-new hedgehogs, education staff (assisted by Marty the Moose, our puppet storyteller), will share a children’s book about hedgehogs. You can also watch as our hedgies help themselves to a mid-afternoon feast.
  • Nerd Nite Brunch: Body vs Booze

    Sunday Apr 27 12:00 PM-1:30 PM

    Philadelphia Science Festival Event.
    Have a little too much fun last night? Learn what's going on in your body while you're drinking and why your body feels the way it does after a night out. Uncover the truth about common hangover "cures" at this brunch edition of Nerd Nite.
  • Science Crawl: Brain Games

    Sunday Apr 27 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

    Philadelphia Science Festival Event.
    Break out your thinking cap and embark on a tour of the human brain during this four-stop science crawl in Old City.
  • Ick! Creatures That Make Your Skin Crawl and the Lovely Reasons Why

    Tuesday Apr 29 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

    Philadelphia Science Festival Event.
    Does the sound of bees buzzing make your skin crawl? Why does the site of a cockroach give us the creepy-crawlies? Sing and dance your way through this surrealist performance and discover how the sensation of touch affects human perception.
  • Science Happy Hour: Misunderstood Monsters

    Tuesday Apr 29 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

    Philadelphia Science Festival Event.
    If 600 lb. Siberian tigers or foot-long T. rex incisors are your kryptonite, come take a walk on the wild side and learn about some of the fiercest predators that ever lived. Hear how you can work to save tigers from deforestation while you sip ferocious cocktails. Experts, including Fossil Prep Lab Manager Jason Poole, bust myths on some of nature’s predators.
  • Love, Lust, and Loathing: The Science Behind our Strongest Emotions

    Wednesday Apr 30 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

    Philadelphia Science Festival Event.
    What separates love from lust? What triggers disgust? Do other primates experience love? Do dolphins feel lust? Six local experts, including Academy educator Mary Bailey, dive into the hormonal and chemical factors that fuel these intense emotions.
  • The Cheryl Beth Silverman Memorial Lecture Featuring Carl Safina

    Wednesday Apr 30 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

    Join us for the Cheryl Beth Silverman Memorial Lecture featuring Carl Safina. Mr. Safina will present "Caught in the Same Net: The Ocean and Us."
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