The mission is "we advance research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.". The academy implements its mission through improving understanding of the diversity of life, developing and applying science to protect the environment, advancing public interest and engagement in natural sciences and environmental issues, and preserving the heritage of natural science in specimens, images, words and numbers.
$7.9m annual program spend • Academy scientists conduct research around the world, collecting specimens that help them document biodiversity, trace evolution, and track environmental changes over time. Through festivals, members' night, behind the scenes tour, and popular publications, these scientists share their discoveries, enabling their colleagues, visitors, and members to gain further insight into life on earth and how to sustain it in the future. Academy scientists continue to produce scientific publications while cultivating our collections and traveling outside the museum for research on dozen of field trips and expeditions. The academy & drexel university's biodiversity, earth & environmental science (bees) program has grown with many new projects on the horizon as we continue to be the epicenter of discovery. The academy was granted funding from the william penn foundation for its work on the Delaware river watershed initiative to protect and restore critical sources of drinking water in the Delaware river basin.
$6.9m annual program spend • The academy brings natural science to life through three floors of engaging exhibits, including dinosaurs and other ancient creatures. At our museum in fiscal year 2017, we welcomed more than 190,000 visitors to explore our dioramas, dinosaurs, butterflies, live animals, and the renovated children's nature discovery center, outside in. The academy's public programs integrate live animals, real specimens, and experienced educators who bring natural science to life for learners of all ages. The academy's nationally recognized women in natural sciences program known as wins is a free after school and summer enrichment program for young women. This program introduces hundreds of high school women to future careers in science. The academy continues to launch a number of exciting new initiatives aimed at taking our visitor experience to the next level. We continue to present live animals in museum programming by adding daily shows and hosting story time. We developed carts of curiosity, which offer up close encounters with the academy staff through an effective use of technology; and live animal ambassadors. The academy also piloted a program for teens with autism spectrum disorder, built around the topic of paleontology. In fiscal year 2017, academy educators reached more than 44,000 students during outreaches and field trip.
Library and Archives
$1.2m annual program spend • The academy's 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. The library holds more than 250,000 titles that span five centuries. Our archives collections contain over a million items, including manuscripts, correspondence, field notebooks, films, journals and photographs. In 2017, our archivist continued significant activity in the archives including evaluating and moving materials from the office space of the late dr. ruth patrick. The library provided services to academics and the general public with morning research hours and afternoon hours when the public was invited to the library Reading room to view portraits, library resources, and specific exhibits.