Academy of Natural Sciences

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1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has explored the remarkable diversity of our natural world, sharing these discoveries with the public through extraordinary collections, innovative exhibits, educational programming, and publications.

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For College and University Students

Adult Classes and Field Studies at the Science Museum

The Academy’s experienced educators and renowned scientists share their knowledge through engaging classes and exciting field studies for adults! Participate in current research by accompanying our scientists on field studies to collect bugs, identify fossils, or wade knee-deep in a stream to catch fish. If you would rather stay inside, take an intimate class supplemented by the Academy’s collections, archives, specimens, or even live animals!

  • Adult Classes are typically held at the Academy. We will provide details regarding the location of the classroom and what to bring to class in a confirmation letter upon registration.
  • Adult Field Studies are held off-site, and the location is based on each individual program. Transportation is not provided, so participants can arrive and depart at their own convenience. We will provide details on the study location, what to bring, how to dress, and essential contact information in a confirmation letter upon registration.

For More Information on their Adult classes and Field Studies click here

Lectures and Talks

The Academy regularly hosts distinguished lecturers, scientists, artists, and authors to speak. Hear prominent experts in their fields discuss topics ranging from natural history and general science to wildlife art and sustainability.

For More Information on their Lectures and talks and when happening click here

Mega-Bad Movie Night

Join us at the Academy after hours to watch some “awesomely awful” movies. The Academy’s own experts will be onstage to comment on the many scientific absurdities—think Mystery Science Theater 3000! In addition to the movie, Mega-Bad Movie Nights feature beer and food, a sampling of the Academy’s specimens and the opportunity to wander among the exhibits. You must be 18+ years of age to attend this event and 21+ to drink.

For more information on their Mega-Bad Movie Night Click here

Science on Tap

Science on Tap is a monthly science café in Philadelphia for anyone who is interested in getting together with other people to discuss a range of engaging science topics. It’s held at National Mechanics, a relaxed, convivial bar in Old City, and features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation. Science on Tap is held on the second Monday of every month at 6 pm. This program is for people age 21 or older, but folks under 21 can come with a chaperone who is older than 25.

For more information Science on Tap Click Here

Outside Clubs and Societies

The Academy has a long association with local clubs and societies interested in the natural world. Many of these groups conduct field trips and hold regular meetings that often feature guest speakers. Some also engage in conservation and educational projects or the sponsorship of young scientists. All of the groups presented here welcome you, whether you’re an amateur, a student, or a professional.

Click here to see all outside Clubs and Societies

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Trip Planning Information

General Admission

  • Adults (age 13 and above): $15.00
  • Children (age 3 through 12): $13.00
  • Children (under age 3): free
  • Seniors (age 65+): $13.00
  • Military & Students (with ID): $13.00
  • Drexel ID Holders: free

Butterflies! and special exhibits are included with general admission.

Hours of Operation:

 10 am–4:30 pm, Monday–Friday

10 am–5 pm, Weekends and Holidays

Groups Get a Break

A discounted general admission rate of $10 per person is available for groups of 10 or more with 72 hours advance notice.

To schedule your group visit, please contact the Group Sales Office at 215-299-1060 or groups@ansp.org.

Group Sales Office hours are Monday–Friday, 9–5 pm.

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525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States 1.2 mi

 Carpenters' Hall, The Constitutional Walking Tour, Independence National Historical Park, Group Tours of Historic Philadelphia

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia takes you on a walking journey through America’s most historic area – the birthplace of our nation. Step back in time to see where The Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution were created. The Constitutional offers various types of tours:

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia is an outdoor walking journey that provides a primary overview of the Independence National Historical Park area and visits more than 20 of the most historic sites in America’s Birthplace including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Court, Betsy Ross House and the National Constitution Center. To see the full tour map, click here.

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Philadelphia Constitutional Walking Tours for College Groups

The Constitutional Walking Tour, Independence National Historical Park, Tours of Historic Philadelphia

The Constitutional Walking Tour is perfect for domestic or international visitors alike. In Summer 2005, visitors from all 50 United States and more than 50 foreign countries took The Constitutional.

The Constitutional Guided Walking Tour is also great for team building, special events, and entertaining clients, as well as an ideal orientation event for summer associates, new hires, and relocating firms or employees.

Private and group tours can be arranged for almost anytime – weekday or weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate from 1 up to 300 walkers. We provide multiple in-house trained tour guides for an entertaining and informative tour. We work closely with each client to create the most enjoyable “Constitutional” experience possible.

Our tour guides are passionate historians and Philadelphians who hail from top academic institutions. They have been trained in our “Independence Immersion” curriculum focusing on Philadelphia’s history, tourist attractions, and sharing of best practices in terms of customer service, public speaking and storytelling. Our guides bring Philadelphia’s history alive.

We also offer:

  • Step-on Guides – Our professionally trained tour guides can provide tours on foot and on your motor coach or bus. We specialize in Historic Philadelphia, but we also provide tours of Philadelphia including the Philadelphia Art Museum area, South Street, America’s largest urban park – Fairmount Park, and more.
  • Multilingual Tour Guides – We offer tours in various foreign languages and can also help you find a translator
  • Spouse and Guest Programs – During meetings and conferences, we create spouse and guest itineraries and excursions in and around Philadelphia.
  • “This Date in History”– Create a memorable evening with that special someone as you embark on a private candlelit walking tour of historic Philadelphia and dinner for 2 in Philadelphia’s Old City.
  • Historical Treasure Hunts – We can create great team building experiences as you explore and learn about America’s Birthplace.
  • Destination Management – From providing Liberty Loot’s Authentic Philadelphia Gift Bags (featuring snacks, souvenirs and sightseeing information) to planning seasonal and theme parties to transportation management services and special events, we can serve all your needs with local presence in the market, both before and during your trip.

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The Constitutional offers various types of tours:

Self Guided Tours

Guided Tours

Group Tours

VIP Tours

Audio Tours

Cell Phone Tours

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1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102, United States 75.62 mi

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) serves as a model for programming, audience diversity, education initiatives, and as a catalyst in returning nightlife and economic activity to its hometown of Newark, New Jersey. Proposed by former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean in 1986, NJPAC raised its curtain on October 18, 1997, making it one of the top ten largest performing arts centers in the United States.

NJPAC is a world-class and community-based cultural venue, showcasing the best artists of national and international acclaim as well as top artists from the State of New Jersey. Since its grand opening, NJPAC has attracted over 6 million patrons (including more than 1 million children), and welcomed renowned artists, cultural icons, two presidents, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and some of the world’s most cherished orchestral, dance, theater, and instrumental works.

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STUDENT DISCOUNTS

NJPAC’s Student RUSH program allows individuals who actively attend an educational institution (elementary through college) to purchase tickets to select NJPAC-presented performances for only $10!

Student RUSH tickets can be purchased online or at the box office on the day of the performance. There is a limit of two RUSH tickets per student.

Choose a performance below, taking note of which Tiers have Student Rush tickets available.

STUDENT RUSH TICKETS:

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: To receive your Student RUSH discount, a valid school identification card must be presented at the box office. If ordering online, you must present your valid school identification when you pick up your RUSH tickets at the box office. Additionally, online orders will be cut off 2 hours prior to performance time.

Terms and conditions: Please note, RUSH tickets are subject to availability and are not available for all performances. RUSH seat locations will be assigned at the discretion of the arts center. All Student RUSH tickets purchased online are subject to a per ticket handling fee. Call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.

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373D U.S. 46, Fairfield, NJ 07004, United States 78.7 mi

New Jersey Rock Gym

Here’s a question we get all the time: Are there any indoor Rock wall climbing places in New Jersey? The answer is yes! The New Jersey Rock Gym in West Fairfield NJ is an awesome rock gym, if we’ve ever seen one! New Jersey Rock Gym is recognized as the area’s premier indoor climbing center, featuring state of the art climbing equipment. The gym offers the opportunity for climbers of all abilities to challenge and enjoy themselves in a fun and safe environment. Our facilities include:

  • Over 12,000 square feet of climbing terrain
  • 4,000 square feet of dedicated bouldering
  • 41 top rope stations
  • Giant lead roof with room for up to five climbers at one time
  • The largest free standing Boulder Island in New Jersey with challenging features, rappelling tower, and observation deck
  • Bouldering Tunnel will follow-along ramp permits a climber to ascent up to 25′ without a rope
  • Private refreshment room
  • Climbers lounge with WiFi
  • Pro Shop

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 College Students

Bored with conventional workouts? Welcome to indoor rock climbing, an exciting alternative to stepping, spinning and pumping iron. Contrary to popular belief, climbing isn’t just for elite athletes. Climbing increases endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. And whatever your level of fitness or experience, climbing’s fun.

We offer instructional classes throughout the week for adults and children covering all aspects of the sport of rock climbing. Our goal is to provide families with a safe and friendly climbing environment while introducing children to the sport in a fun and exciting way. Our classes also provide the more serious-minded climber with outstanding climbing routes.

Top rope climbing is probably what pops into your head when you think of rock climbing. The climber ties in, while a person called the belayer controls the other end of the rope. With a reservation, we can set you up with a Staff Belayer, who will manage the ropes for up to four(4) people for an hour or more. If you want to learn to belay, we offer two-hour Belay Classes several times per week for ages 15 and up. You’ll learn knots, commands, belaying and basic climbing technique. Included with the class is a one-week trial membership, allowing you to come back and practice your skills with all the gear included! If you need a partner, check out our Partner Page for listings.

Youth Climbing Programs

specials

Fridays: High School Night

High school students climb for $6.50 after 6:00pm; $3.00 additional for gear

Mondays: College Night

College students 22 and under climb for $6.50; $3.00 additional for gear

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30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ, United States 83.35 mi

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Mineralogy & Mining Education

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is dedicated to educating teachers and their students about natural resource issues, with particular reference to the State of New Jersey.

Our education programs explore such topics as the geology and mineralogy of New Jersey, our nonrenewable resources (metals, nonmetals, and fuels), how those resources have been extracted and used over time, and, in a global sense, how our present lives are shaped by the materials available to us. We work within the broad fields of the STEM core subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which we often explore not only in their current but also historical contexts.

All of our educational offerings are aligned with New Jersey core curriculum standards and are designed to be implemented by teachers within the context of their existing school curriculum.

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Education: College-Level Instruction

Sterling Hill has long been a destination of choice for universities interested in introducing their students to concepts of geology, ore deposit formation, mineralogy, and industrial process technology through field trips. For decades that function was filled by the New Jersey Zinc Company, operators of the Sterling Hill mine until its closure in 1986.

We continue that tradition by offering the following, either singly or in any desired combination:

  • Underground and surface field instruction at Sterling Hill
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Mineral collecting opportunities, including nighttime collecting for fluorescent minerals
  • Off-site field trips to other localities nearby

In addition, our three Ph.D. geologists can offer local expertise on a variety of research topics, including technical support of thesis research at the baccalaureate and advanced degree levels. We regularly cooperate with university professors and their students on aspects of the local mineralogy and geology, and are eager to see more studies done in the area to continue the flow of knowledge. More remains to be learned than is known thus far.

College groups interested in field trips to Sterling Hill are encouraged to contact Dr. Earl Verbeek at shmm@ptd.net, or by phone at 973-209-7212, to discuss their plans and obtain a price quote. Prices depend on the combination of services desired and the length of time required, but as a rough guide, count on $20 per student for an all-day tour, plus $5 admission fee and $1.50/lb if mineral collecting at Sterling Hill is to be added. Off-site field trips will be slightly more expensive, as will lectures and seminars due to preparation time. Research support is generally offered gratis as long as the results are intended for publication.

Campgrounds are available nearby for groups wishing to spend more than one day in the area, and the town of Franklin, only 2.5 miles distant, offers a full complement of fast-food restaurants for inexpensive dinner fare.

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