Four Gifts That Give Back

2020 has been a year full of challenges, and thinking about gift-giving during this holiday season feels different. Maybe you are struggling to find something that truly shows your appreciation for your friends, family and community while supporting a good cause. We’ve got four gift ideas that give you something to look forward to in 2021 and help you feel good about giving back. Whether you are looking for a present for your oldest great aunt who loves nature or your youngest cousin who loves dinosaurs, the Academy has you covered.

Marble stairs in the Academy Lobby with brown and white taxidermy bears at the top, both wearing neon green masks.
The Academy is a naturally awesome place to visit!

For the Fun-Loving Family… A Naturally Awesome Gift Membership! 

Save 25% on Academy memberships with code GIFT25. 

Academy members receive an entire year of member benefits, including exclusive invitations to virtual events and programs, access to science-from-home activities and free admission to the museum in 2021. Best of all, your membership dues support our efforts to ensure a healthy, sustainable and equitable planet. 

Use promo code GIFT25 to save 25% on Academy memberships. Join now and your membership will be activated right away and valid for the entire year of 2021. 

Offer available online only and ends December 27, 2020.

Image of three children's books with the titles Bat Count, Vivian and the legend of the Hoodoos, and Creek Critters
Titles from Arbordale Publishing

For the Young Naturalist… Books! 

Save 25% on Arbordale books with code DREXEL. 

With titles like Creek Critters, Bat Count and Baby Owl’s Rescue, you’re sure to find a book to give any child on your list! Save up to 25% on purchases of hardback and paperback books from Arbordale Publishing, and 25% of your purchase will benefit the Academy of Natural Sciences! Use promo code DREXEL to save 15% on two or more books, 20% on four or more books and 25% on 10 or more books. Purchases completed by December 15 will be received before December 24.

Image of the Academy Building on a summer day, three stories tall, red brick with white stone columns and window surrounds. Banners displaying butterflies and dinosaurs decorate the front of the building
Help us welcome more people to the Academy

For the Altruist… Making the Academy More Accessible to Everyone!

You can help the Academy offer free general admission to members of our community! Here’s how: 

The Academy, through environmental research and learning programs, is committed to informing and building a movement of environmentally engaged communities for a healthy, sustainable and equitable planet. As part of our commitment, the Academy is expanding our Museum Pass membership program to area community centers beginning January 1, 2021. Community members can borrow a museum pass from neighborhood organizations to receive free general admission to the Academy for two adults and up to five children. The expanded Museum Pass program will increase access for communities who might not otherwise experience the museum. 

But we need your help. The Academy would like to offer these Museum Passes to our community partners for free to help ease the financial burdens on community centers due to the impacts of COVID. 

By purchasing a pass for $299 this holiday season, you will help to ensure the Academy is accessible to all area communities and support our commitment to equity. To support this initiative, please contact Caitlin O’Brien, Director of Major Gifts, at

Three smiling women scientists holding fossils and standing in the Academy's Paleo collection storage lockers
Give a gift that supports Academy Scientists and research

For the Science Enthusiast… A Gift in Their Name!

Have someone on your list who loves science or the natural world? Consider making a gift in their honor to the Academy and help support our mission to understand the natural world and inspire everyone to care for it. Make a gift and make sure  to include a note with your loved one’s contact information so we can let them know of your generosity!

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