As of July 6th, APS offices are open to staff and invited visitors. The Society will remain closed to the public for at least the rest of the summer. Library & Museum staff now have access to our collections and will respond to reference and photoduplication requests as soon as possible. However, please note that response times may be delayed due to increased demand. The Society will continue a robust slate of virtual programs throughout the summer and fall. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. For further information on the APS reopening and its COVID response, please click here.

Naturalist @ Home

What on Earth is a naturalist and what do they have to do with the APS? Learn more here!

Ever wondered where mammoths came from? Ever asked about which birds live in or visit your hometown and why? Wondered about weather patterns? You are not alone! In the 18th and 19th centuries, natural philosophers, or what we now call scientists, were trying to figure out how the world worked through observation and experimentation. Natural philosophers wanted to know everything from how living things existed to observing the weather for patterns. In their spirit of exploration, it’s time for you to go outside and take part in the hands-on activities below as you explore the wonders of nature. These activities will give you skills to observe nature and think critically about the outside world.

Learn from Museum Education Coordinator Ali Rospond about how natural philosophers discovered fossils in the 18th century.