Fernbank Museum of Natural History
As one of the South's preeminent museums, Atlanta's Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a gateway for discovery and exploration, unfolding stories of the earth's history, the physical universe, human culture and the environment through permanent and traveling exhibitions, dynamic programs and films in the IMAX® Theatre.
Fernbank Museum is the only major natural history museum to emerge out of an old-growth forest, which at 65 acres, remains the largest urban Piedmont forest of its kind in the U.S. Conceived through the vision of conservation-minded environmentalists to preserve this incredible forest as a "school in the woods," Fernbank has long been guided by the philosophy that it shares responsibility for protecting Atlanta's precious natural resources.
The Museum's Center for Environmental Science is endowed with experts in the fields of biology, ecology and education who develop engaging classes, public programs and other educational offerings that instill a sense of wonder in visitors for the natural world and reinforce the importance of conservation. One of Fernbank's newest environmental initiatives is Urban Watch Atlanta, a volunteer-based program that provides an opportunity to learn more about urban ecology and enables residents to influence wildlife habitats while also helping scientists gather data on urban wildlife statewide. The development of the UrbanWatch program was initiated by the Field Museum in Chicago. Now through a partnership between the Field Museum and Fernbank Museum of Natural History, UrbanWatch has been modified to support education and conservation efforts in Atlanta.
Urban Watch Atlanta is just one of the many programs offered by Fernbank Museum of Natural History, which also include Fernbank Forest family walks, the Regions of Georgia travel program, Reptile Day and more. As a further reinforcement of the environmental component of Fernbank's mission, Lizards and Snakes: Alive! is a spectacular opportunity to showcase the natural history of reptiles and the top-notch programming and instruction offered by Fernbank's staff.
Opened in 1992, Fernbank is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is "Atlanta's Home to Dinosaurs," a reputation highlighted by Giants of the Mesozoic, a unique permanent exhibition featuring the world's largest dinosaurs and other prehistoric fossils in an immersive display.
San Diego Natural History Museum
The San Diego Natural History Museum is the second oldest scientific institution in California; third west of the Mississippi. A binational Museum, its mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education, and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. The museum is located in Balboa Park at the intersection of Village Place and Park Blvd.