Paleontological Research Institution
Rock the Future Anniversary Campaign
Goal: $1.175 million
Raised to date: $859,067 (73%)
Only $315,933 (27%) left to go!
The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) encourages critical thinking about past and current life on Earth, and how our species is affecting the natural world. PRI has two public venues for education, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center. The Museum offers a unique mix of natural history exhibits, art exhibitions, and public programs all with a focus on Earth science. The Nature Center provides a living laboratory for teaching and learning about the impact of climate change on the fauna and flora of Tompkins County.
The year 2013 marks two important milestones. First, after a five-year collaboration working towards a complete merger, the Cayuga Nature Center became PRI's newest educational venue. Second, 2013 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Museum of the Earth. Today, the Museum welcomes approximately 30,000 visitors a year. The Museum and its exhibits and programs have received national and international media attention. It is a significant regional tourist attraction as well as a major educational resource. In celebration of these two events, we are seeking funding for two important initiatives:
Early Learners: Children learn through play. The Museum’s permanent exhibits are designed to be accessible to a diverse range of visitors, but lack elements that fully build on the natural wonder of young children. By designing additional age-appropriate exhibits, we will be able to serve more children and their caregivers through more dynamic learning opportunities. Funds will help us fabricate and install a set of exhibits for Early Learners—children aged two to five.
Our Dynamic Climate: Climate change is, perhaps, the most pressing Earth Science topic of this century. Increasing the distribution of information about climate change and what it means for both ecosystems and human cultures around the world is a paramount goal for PRI’s educational outreach. We want to maximize visitor understanding of important Earth science and climate concepts, ideally sparking them to share what they have seen at the Museum and encourage others to visit and learn. Funds will help us update and expand our suite of climate-related exhibits to better accomplish this goal.
With our highly-credentialed staff of Earth scientists and natural history museum professionals, we are uniquely able to conceptualize and produce innovative, sensory-rich exhibits that provide immersive, effective learning opportunities.
Please join us in celebrating 2013 with a donation to these unique projects that will enable PRI to introduce Earth Science concepts and capture the imagination of more than 75,000 children as well as provide climate change education to over 350,000 Museum visitors over the next 10 years!
Honor our efforts with a gift toward this initiative. With your support, you will help us introduce approximately 75,000 early learners to science and nature through play-based, hands-on activities that stimulate curiosity, thought, and imagination. Their experiences at the Museum will inevitability influence them for generations to come.
Contact Elizabeth Brando, Associate Director for Institutional Advancement, at mobile 917-693-0865, office 607-273-6623 x15 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discover how you can make a difference.
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