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Academy of Natural Sciences, the

1900 Ben Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Phone: 215 299 1000 --

Statement of Purpose:

Founded in 1812, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia is the oldest science research institution in the Western Hemisphere and a world leader in the fields of natural science research, education and exhibition.

Popular features in the Academy 's Museum include the acclaimed exhibit, DISCOVERING DINOSAURS, and the children's nature museum, OUTSIDE IN. Changing exhibits highlight the ongoing research of Academy scientists. The Academy is comprised of two research areas: The Division of Biodiversity and Evolution and the Environmental Research Division (ERD).

The Division of Biodiversity and Evolution studies the identity, relationships and ecology of organisms. Through the Academy's vast biological collections and individual research efforts, Academy scientists explore the diversity of life forms, and their evolution, adaptations, survival and extinction.

The Environmental Research Division was established in 1947to examine water quality issues and their relationship to living resources. ERD is considered a pioneer and a leader in developing new means to assess water quality. ERD consists of four research laboratories. Its laboratory, The Patrick Center for Environmental Research, is located at the Academy in Philadelphia.

The Academy's Stroud Water Research Center located in Avondale, PA, is the nation's premier laboratory for the study of streams and rivers. The Benedict Estuarine Research Laboratory on the Patuxent River in Marylandfocuses on the natural processes occurring in estuaries and coastal oceans. Both laboratories offer diverse educational programs for teachers, students and concerned citizens.

In 1988, scientists from the Academy and Stroud established the Maritza Biological Field Station in the Guanacaste National Park, Costa Rica. Surrounded by undisturbed tropical dryforest, Maritza is a site for Costa Ricans and members of the international research community to study tropical stream, dry-forest and cloud-forest ecosystems.

For more information about Academy science research, call 215/299-1066.

Highlights & Collections:



The Museum is open

Admission & Directions:

Admission is For 24-hour information, call 215/299-1000.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia is located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, on Logan Circle.


Key Personnel:

Paul A. Hanle, Ph.D., President-C.E.O.

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