The Nature to You Loan Program has an extensive library of specimens—plants, mammals, reptiles, insects, birds, and more—that people can literally check out, just like a real library. Our selection of flora and fauna is great for artists, teachers, scholars, school groups, home school, or anyone with an interest in the natural sciences. Become a member of the Nature to You Loan Program to access these incredible resources.
To join, learn more, or ask a question about our collection, please drop in during open hours, call 619.255.0236, or email email@example.com.
We're open on Wednesdays from 2-5 PM* and are located in the northwest corner of the Museum on Level 1. Please note, these hours are different from the museum's public hours, and you can enter from the sidewalk along Village Place, across from the Casa del Prado theater.
Drop in to learn more about the program, borrow a specimen , or return a loan. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests, but unvaccinated guests are required to wear facial coverings.
*Holiday closures: September 5 (Labor Day)
Specimens range from taxidermy (snakes, small mammals, birds, and more) to fossils and skeletons to touchable pelts, animals in jars, puppets, plant pressings, and pinned insects. We also have teacher kits, complete with lesson plans, books, specimens, and other materials like a watershed model. Search our specimen database.
Join the Nature to You Loan Program to borrow a specimen or teacher kit from our library. The collection includes more than 1,300 specimens that represent the biologic and geologic diversity of the southwestern United States, Baja California, and the world! Membership makes a great gift for teachers.
Annual membership is valid for one calendar year from date of registration. Loan duration is two weeks and is limited to seven specimens at a time; within these seven, each member is allowed a maximum of one bird of prey, one mammal and one reptile. There is no limit to the number of loans permitted per year of membership. The Loan Library is open year-round, but closed on most school holidays, and summer hours are limited.
This opportunity allows for a one-time loan of up to four specimens from the program. Loan duration is one week.
Three easy ways to become a member: drop in during open hours, call 619.255.0236, or fill out and email the membership forms below to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can pay for a membership in advance here. You do not need to be a member of The Nat to join the Loan Program.