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Black Birders Week 2022: Black Excellence in Birding

  • Black birder Tykee James
    Tykee James
  • Black birder Jason Hall
    Jason Hall
  • Black birder Corina Newsome
    Corina Newsome
  • Anwar Abdul-Qawi
    Anwar Abdul-Qawi

Philadelphia Heat Mapping

  • Volunteers Octavia Jones and her two children, Taegan and Tristen Harris, used the sensor attached to the car to collect heat data in the Bronx as part of the NOAA and partner Heat Island Mapping Campaign, July 2021.
    Volunteers Octavia Jones and her two children, Taegan and Tristen Harris, used the sensor attached to the car to collect heat data in the Bronx as part of the NOAA and partner Heat Island Mapping Campaign, July 2021.
    Photo courtesy of Octavia Jones
  • kids in sprinkler
    Cooling off in a Philly summer
    Credit: Richard Johnson
  • Hunting Park street trees/no trees
    Streets in the Hunting Park neighborhood. Those with trees are cooler than those without.

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.

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

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.
  • jaw boy
    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.