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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

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!

Please note: The special exhibit fee to see Frogs: A Chorus of Colors will still apply on this day. Pay what you wish does not apply to field trips and group visits, including school groups.

On March 20, you can see all of our signature exhibits, including our live butterflies, dinosaurs, dioramas, and our renovated children’s discovery center, Outside In. Stop in to the Café for lunch or a snack, and find some awesome dino swag in the Academy Shop.

Founders Day Activities:

Fossil Prep Lab
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Watch as our staff, volunteers, and other skilled workers prepare fossils for study.

The Big Dig
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Try out our recently updated fossil dig, which now features a “Little Dig” perfect for our youngest paleontologists.

Library Reading Room Open to the Public
1–4 p.m.

See treasures from our behind-the-scenes collections.

Naturalist Presentation
2:30 p.m.

Join our teacher-naturalists as they explore natural history in an informal and interactive presentation involving live animals!

The Birds of America Page Turning
3:15 p.m.

Watch the daily page turning of John James Audubon's masterwork The Birds of America. Published from 1827–1838, this monumental work is arguably the most influential book on birds ever created.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors
February 4–May 14, 2017

From radiant blue to fiery red, living frogs around the world offer a glimpse of the vast palette of frog diversity. Frogs are found on nearly every environment on Earth, and they have strange, shocking, and interesting survival strategies. Check out live frogs of many hues, listen to their colorful chorus, and admire the many ways they swim, hop, glide, and soar. Hop into a frog’s world as you inspect frog habitats complete with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. See live frogs in action, search for hidden frogs, create a nighttime frog chorus, spin a zoetrope to see how a frog jumps, and conduct a virtual frog dissection.

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