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Members' Week

Friday, October 2–Thursday, October 8

The Academy of Natural Sciences is thrilled to bring the magic of Members’ Night into your home for an entire week. Explore behind the scenes, chat with our scientists, participate in experiments and so much more! See the full schedule and register for live events at ansp.org/memberRSVP.

Not a member? Join now to support our efforts to ensure a healthy, sustainable and equitable planet. Your gift will go directly to support our work, and you will enjoy twelve months of member benefits, including virtual members-only events, science-from-home activities and free admission to the museum.

To help you find what interests you most, we've sorted all Members' Week activities and events into three categories: Fun and Games, Lunch and Learn or Virtual Collection Tours. Use the drop down menus below to download activities, explore videos and watch event recordings.

Virtual Collection Tours

Throughout Members' Week, videos of the Virtual Collection Tours will be posted here following the live event. Please see the full schedule at ansp.org/MemberRSVP to register for the live events.

Plaster Model Collection - Fred Mullison

Herpetology - Ned Gilmore

Lunch and Learn

Throughout Members' Week, recordings of each Lunch and Learn event will be posted here. Please see the full schedule at ansp.org/MemberRSVP to register for the live events.

Fun and Games

Throughout Members' Week, recordings of each Fun and Games live event will be posted here. Please see the full schedule at ansp.org/MemberRSVP to register for the live events. Other activity downloads will be available soon.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

It's time to go into the field! Download this activity and gather your family for a fun nature scavenger hunt. Crafty kid? Use the included instructions to make your own binoculars with common household items. Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, this list contains flora and fauna you're likely to find on your expedition. Share your pictures by tagging @AcadNatSci and using #ANSMembersWeek on social media.

Academy Crossing

Are you an expert at creating cool spaces in games like Animal Crossing and Minecraft? We want to see your gamified version of your favorite Academy exhibit or collection! We have provided videos and photos for inspiration available at ansp.org/AcademyCrossing. Share your pictures and videos by tagging @AcadNatSci and using #ANSMembersWeek on social media.

Specimen Superlatives

Our scientists and staff have nominated specimens they feel deserve superlative titles such as “Best Looking,” “Class Clown,” and "Most Likely to Appear in a Horror Film." Throughout the week we will share the superlative videos with our members in the daily digest emails (and post them here). Check out the nominees and vote for your favorite! We'll post the winners on our Facebook page.

Meme Me

Explore photos provided by our scientists and staff and submit your best captions. Share your memes by tagging @AcadNatSci and using #ANSMembersWeek on social media. Photos will be made available on October 2.