No matter where they are—within the museum's walls, in classrooms on the other side of the world, slogging toward remote field stations—Academy staff are constantly studying, sharing, and working to protect the natural world. Learn more about how we're able to impact lives and policies worldwide through personal encounters, scientific research, innovative education, awe-inspiring exhibits, and more.
Academy scientists have been documenting biodiversity around the world for more than 160 years, but with extinction and habitat-destruction rates rising, we're committed to rapidly sharing our data and discoveries to inform critical conservation decisions.
Mentoring Future Scientists
We offer a wealth of opportunities to budding scientists of all ages through initiatives such as student programs, mentoring for high school and undergraduate students, and professional development for teachers.
Though we work on a global scale, many of the most important changes we effect happen right here at the Academy, one life at a time—sparked by interactions with fascinating live animals and the researchers passionate about protecting them.
Building a Library of Life
Comprising 45.6 million scientific specimens, the research collections at the Academy’s Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability (IBSS) are an invaluable resource to the global scientific community.
Your donation helps support Academy research and programs, including school field trips for 130,000+ students annually.
The mission of the Academy's Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability is to gather new knowledge about life's diversity and the process of evolution—and to rapidly apply that understanding to our efforts to sustain life on Earth.
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