The Academy is a living institution, made special—and continuously changed by—the people who help it run. From members and donors to interns and volunteers, our mission depends on people who get involved.

Join a growing community of individuals, companies, and foundations committed to supporting the Academy’s mission by volunteering time, donating valuable resources, and contributing brain power. 


Mom and child watch the penguins in Tusher African Hall.

Become a Member

There's never been a better time to join our extended family by becoming an Academy member. You'll enjoy free admission, special members' events and hours, quicker entry for an entire year, and the tremendous pride that comes from supporting the Academy's mission.

Overhead view of the Rainforests of the World dome.

Support the Academy

Take your involvement to the next level. The deeper your engagement, the closer you get—and the greater your impact. Your contribution gives you the chance to meet Academy scientists at special events. More importantly, it helps to deepen the impact of our efforts to study the natural world, spread the word about what we find, train the next generation of scientists, and protect threatened organisms and habitats. 

Young girl using a microscope

Become a Volunteer

Engage with a community of science lovers while picking up new skills and knowledge. From helping visitors explore and understand our exhibits, to preparing specimens in our research collections—even diving in our aquarium tanks!—there's a volunteer opportunity to match nearly any interest.

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Member Appreciation Month

March is Member Appreciation Month! Join us as we celebrate members all month long, with exclusive programs, complimentary docent-led walks, additional savings on retail and dining, and more. Your membership supports our bold mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.

Member enjoying the tunnel through the Amazon flooded forest.



Your donation helps support Academy programs, including school field trips for 150,000 students annually.