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Out of the Lab
Curious to get a behind-the-scenes view of Academy Research and the labs where the work gets done? Scientists will join visitors at the Project Lab to share stories about dissecting and documenting the many specimens collected on their global expeditions.
Little Learners Lab
Families are invited to have their young learners be scientists-in-training and participate in fun hands-on experiments. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Meet a Scientist
Academy researchers work on a variety of projects in the Project Lab – from sorting the numerous animals newly collected in the Philippines to preparing real bird specimens for the collections and taking high-quality digital images of rare species. Now they also join visitors in front of the Lab to share their fascinating personal stories and provide insight into their research methods. Meet one of our scientists in front of the Lab at various times throughout the day on Saturdays and Sundays.
Sweet Side of DNA
Have you ever wondered what “the essence of life” – DNA – would look like if you held it in the palm of your hand? In the course of this 15-minute program, we will crush up fresh strawberries and extract their DNA in order to see it up close and personal – without the aid of a microscope. During the process, discover why some scientists call DNA the most extraordinary molecule on earth.
Did you know the Academy is home to more than 26 million specimens?! That’s a lot of fur, feathers, teeth and spines! Join us at the Project Lab as we highlight a different specimen each week.