Nature to You Loan Program

Enrich your programming with Museum specimens.


Monday-Friday, 2:30-5:30 pm (August 26, 2019-June 5, 2020)
Wednesday: 12:30–3:30 PM (summer)

Please note Nature to You closure dates during the 2019–2020 school year

  • November 7, 2019, 4pm closure (Educator Night)
  • November 11, 2019 (Veteran’s Day)
  • November 25-29, 2019 (Thanksgiving)
  • December 5-6, 2019 (December Nights)
  • December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020
  • January 20, 2020 (MLK Day)
  • February 17, 2020 (President’s Day)
  • May 25, 2020 (Memorial Day)


Northwest corner of the Museum on level 1

Contact or 619.255.0236

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Access the collection

Become a member of the San Diego Natural History Museum's Nature to You Loan Program. Membership allows for access to the program's collection—over 1,300 specimens that represent the biologic and geologic diversity of the southwestern United States, Baja California and the world!

Annual membership ($75)

Annual membership is valid for one calendar year from date of registration. Loan duration is two weeks and is limited to seven specimens total; within these seven, each member is allowed a maximum of one bird of prey, one mammal and one reptile. Closed most school holidays and summer hours are limited.

One-time membership ($25)

One-time membership allows for one loan from the program. Loan duration is one week and is limited to four specimens.

The Loan Program is grateful for the support of the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, the Rice Family Foundation, the Union Bank Foundation, the San Diego Board of Supervisors, the Thursday Club Foundation, the Museum's Covey, Samuel & Katherine French Fund, the VWR Foundation and Nordson Corporation Foundation.

A Visit to the Nature to You Loan Program

Did you know theNAT has an entire library of specimens that can be checked out for use by artists, teachers, scholars, school groups, or anyone with an interest in natural science? Education Collection Manager Lauren Marino gives us a peek into the Nature to You Loan Program and answers some frequently asked questions about the taxidermied specimens.