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Early Childhood Learning

The Seeds to STEM early childhood learning program is an innovative bilingual program that works with Philly educators or providers, families and children ages 3-5 to promote early science, technology, engineering and math skills, literacy and nutrition to help prepare children for kindergarten.

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  • kids in garden
  • young kids raise hands
  • preschool classroom

Paleopalooza

  • Academy fossils
  • family with T rex
  • mom and kid in Dino Hall
  • taking photo of T. rex

Audio Tour


  • A new audio tour at the Academy of Natural Sciences reveals the origin of the Bengal tigers.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS

  • Academy secret revealed in the new audio tour: Those antlers belong to another moose.
    Credit: Michael Persico
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  • green-yellow bug for Bug Fest
  • beetle specimen display
    Beetle specimens from the Entomology Collection
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    Nature artist Stephenie Koniers leads a virtual Bug Picasso drawing event Aug. 9, 2021.

Academy Conversation

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    Academy Conversation connects the public with Academy experts on breaking science news to help make sense of environmental issues that affect us all.
    Credit: Mike Servdio/ANS
  • audience Q&A
    Public discussion with experts around important science issues is key to the Academy Conversation.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • owl by Mike Servedio/ANS
    The barn owl is just one of the magical beasts to behold at Wild Wizarding Weekend.
    Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS
  • Magic Professor owl. Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS
    Abracadabra! The Academy of Natural Sciences conjures up magical beasts at Wild Wizarding Weekend.
    Photo by Mike Servedio/ANS

  • Collecting insects during Academy Explorers Camp.
    Credit: Hollie Barattolo/ANSP
  • Educator and boy. Photo by Mike Long
    Unlocking the secrets of nature with an Academy educator.
    Photo by Mike Long
  • kids touch snake. Photo by Mike Long
    A close encounter with a live snake at camp.
    Photo by Mike Long

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of shell collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Groups can take a behind-the-scenes tours of the specimen collections, including here in the Malacology Collection.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco.
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of bird collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    A behind-the-scenes look at bird specimens in the Ornithology Collection.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Herpetology Collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Preserved specimens in the Herpetology Collection include reptiles from around the world dating back to before the 1800s.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Herpetology Collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    A huge bat is among thousands of specimens preserved in jars at the Academy.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • shell collection. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    The Malacology Collection contains 10 million shells from all over the world.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco

Hands-on Learning


  • Credit: Kelly & Massa Photography
  • Group with fossil. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Academy educators bring fossils to life for visitors.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • Girls with fossils. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Academy fossils offer endless hands-on fun and learning.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • examining skulls. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Animal skulls spice up a lesson on early life forms.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco
  • girl w jar of baby shark
    Examining a baby shark from the Academy’s specimen collection.
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    Hands-on learning at the Academy is fun for both kids and adults.
  • kids coloring in Dinosaur Hall
    Bringing dinosaurs to life by drawing your own can be a learning experience.

Live Animal Encounters

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    Live animals help people understand that their actions make a difference in the environment.
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    The Academy’s live animals are a great way to connect visitors with nature.
  • iguana with visitors. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    An iguana greets visitors to North American Hall.
    Photo by Jeff Fusco.
  • snake and kids. Photo by Jeff Fusco
    Live animals serve as ambassadors to the wild.
    Jeff Fusco/Visit Philly