Adult Classes and Field Studies

identifying plants during the Useful Urban Plants field study

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

  • 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.
  • Adult Class: A Botany Collection: Pressing and Preservation

    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.
  • Adult Class: Animals with Shells: A Look at Mollusks

    Monday Jun 16 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.
  • Adult Field Study: Fossil Collecting and Cataloging

    Saturday Jun 28 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

    Want to spend the day just as a paleontologist would? Don your hat and boots and join Ned Gilmore, the Academy’s vertebrate paleontology collection manager, at a site well known for the abundance of Cretaceous period fossils.
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