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Members' Week 2020

A Virtual Celebration of Science

In October 2020, we were thrilled to capture the magic of Members’ Night in a week full of virtual adventures. Our members were invited to explore behind-the-scenes, chat with our scientists and participate in activities all from the comfort of home. You can find the recordings and downloadable resources from Members' Week 2020 in the drop down categories below.

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 to register for the live events.

How to Prepare Fossils - Fred Mullison

Plaster Model Collection - Fred Mullison

Herpetology - Ned Gilmore

Bird Specimen Prep - Jason Weckstein & Nate Rice

Interactive Dinosaur Hall Video - Jennifer Sonchi

Lunch and Learn

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

Lunch and Learn | Amazon River Field Trip

Lunch and Learn | Fisheries Science at the Academy

Lunch and Learn | Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Lab Tour

Lunch and Learn | In the Field with Biogeochemistry

Lunch and Learn | Learn about the BEES Program

Lunch and Learn | Where in the World is Cornus Sanguine

Fun and Games

Throughout Members' Week, recordings of each Fun and Games live event will be posted here. Please see the full schedule at 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 Share your pictures and videos by tagging @AcadNatSci and using #ANSMembersWeek on social media.

Fish Comedy

Academy Feud 

Join us for a live game show as two staff teams go head-to-head in Academy Feud. The teams will compete to guess the most popular answers to Academy-themed survey questions provided by our members!

Animal Antics 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to care for the Academy's live animals each day? Hang out with our animal keepers, hear their favorite stories of animal antics and ask them questions.

Grocery Store Botany 

Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Why aren't strawberries true berries? What do Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli have in common? Learn about the botany of your local produce section and the plants that provide some of your favorite (or least favorite) foods.

Virtual Fishing Tournament 

Join ichthyologist (fish scientist) Mark Sabaj for a fishing trip around the world. You pick the destinations and Mark will cast his line to hook a fish from your desired location. You'll see and learn about important specimens from the Academy's Ichthyology Collection. 

Treasures from the Library and Archives 
Wednesday, October 7, 7 p.m.

The Academy Library and Archives is internationally recognized for its rare and historic books, journals, art, artifacts, manuscripts, photographs and the unique papers and research of Academy members and staff. Our Librarians and Archivists will share special items handpicked from our collections.

Ten Stunning Insect Books 
Thursday, October 8, 7 p.m.

See ten insect books from field guides to classics, each with beautiful illustrations or spectacular photos. Discuss the featured insects and their stories with an Academy entomologist.

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.

Specimen Superlative | Most Likely to Succeed

Specimen Superlative | Best Looking

Specimen Superlative | Class Clown

Specimen Superlative | Biggest Flirt

Specimen Superlative | Most likely to Appear in a Sci Fi Horror Film

Specimen Superlative | Most likely to go Viral

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.
  • image of a stingray
  • scientists pointing at cows
  • flying squirrel
  • relaxing scientists
  • Dragon Headed Katydid
  • scientist holding an eel