Help us bring Earth science concepts to over 350,000 Museum
and Nature Center visitors
Including 75,000 young children and their caregivers!
The Paleontological Research Institution encourages critical thinking about past and current life on Earth, and how our species is affecting the natural world. Our two public venues for education, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, are innovative educational resources as well as economic catalysts for the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. 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.
Last year marked two important milestones. First, the Nature Center became PRI's newest educational venue. Second, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Museum. In honor of these events, we launched Rock the Future: Inspiring the Earth Scientists of Tomorrow, a campaign to bring Earth science concepts to more than 350,000 Museum and Nature Center visitors, including 75,000 young children and their caregivers.
Our goal: $1.175 million
Raised to date: $893,676 (76%)
Only $281,324 (24%) left to go!
Included within this campaign are three 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. 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.
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.
Museum Enhancements: In addition to updating and repairing exhibits throughout the Museum, we plan to add interactive touchscreens in front of our unique Rock of Ages, Sands of Time art mural and Hyde Park Mastodon exhibit.
Honor our efforts with a gift toward this initiative. 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.
Help us meet our goal by June 30, 2014!
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