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Public School Students Learn about live animals

February 18, 2013

The Academy is offering free admission and gallery lessons to children from Philadelphia public elementary schools this spring, thanks to funding from two major corporations.

Children in kindergarten through eighth grade who are enrolled in Title I Philadelphia public schools are eligible to participate in the program. The Supporting and Enriching Natural Sciences Education in Schools program will benefit 29,000 underserved students.

The funding from the Philadelphia-based law firm Kline & Specter and from Teva Pharmaceuticals, whose Americas headquarters is in North Wales, Pa., will support the class trips, plus special access to popular gallery experiences including Outside In, The Big Dig, and Butterflies!

“This is a great opportunity for teachers and students to experience the Academy for free,” said Academy Vice President of Education Jacquie Genovesi. “The Academy will expose the students to the school district’s curriculum and national standards in a way this is fun, engaging, and educational. We make the curriculum come to life in ways you just can’t do in a classroom.”

Teachers from qualifying schools are invited to consult with their school administrators and call the Academy’s Reservation Office at 215-299-1060 to schedule a free field trip and gallery lesson for their classes. For more information about the museum, visit