Adult Classes and Field Studies
The Academy’s experienced educators and renowned scientists share their knowledge through engaging classes and exciting field studies for adults! Participate in current research by accompanying our scientists on field studies to collect bugs, identify fossils, or wade knee-deep in a stream to catch fish. If you would rather stay inside, take an intimate class supplemented by the Academy’s collections, archives, specimens, or even live animals!
Adult Classes are typically held at the Academy. We will provide details regarding the location of the classroom and what to bring to class in a confirmation letter upon registration.
Adult Field Studies are held off-site, and the location is based on each individual program. Transportation is not provided, so participants can arrive and depart at their own convenience. We will provide details on the study location, what to bring, how to dress, and essential contact information in a confirmation letter upon registration.
Adult classes and field studies are for individuals age 18 and older. Please leave children at home and come mingle with other adults!
To register, call our Reservations Department at 215-299-1060.
Classes & Field Studies
Wednesday Jan 22 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Get out your sketchbooks—it’s a snake! This class provides a rare opportunity to sketch live reptiles as you observe them up close with guidance from Academy staff.
Saturday Feb 1 10:00 AM-4:30 PM
Whether you’re a paleontologist or a budding artist looking to improve your dinosaur illustrations, this class is for you. Join Dinosaur Hall Manager and paleo-illustrator Jason Poole as he shares the history of dinosaur illustration, information about dinosaur anatomy, and illustration techniques.
Monday Mar 3 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Our collection of mollusks is the oldest in the country and the second largest cataloged one in the world. Come learn why and where we collect, as well as the natural significance of clams, snails, squids, and more.
Saturday Apr 5 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Wonder why certain trees but not others are common in Philly? Why are some streets lined with identical trees? Join us for a hike in the city to learn about the plants that dot our urban landscape.
Wednesday May 28 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
The Academy has one of the largest herbaria, or dried plant collections, in the country. Learn why we collect, where we collect, and the ways in which we preserve plants for hundreds of years.