The Spring Lunch

Science, Society, and Our Environment

The Museum temporarily closed on March 13 to maintain health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has suspended all onsite programming. This suspension includes this year’s Spring Lunch, planned for April 22.

This decision was made with heavy hearts, but we believe it’s the right one for our visitors, employees, volunteers, and community—and consistent with our civic duty to help contain the spread of this virus. We are exploring whether we can offer the content digitally, along with other resources.

Thank you, so very much, for your support of the Museum, its mission, and this important program. We look forward to welcoming you back and celebrating together when we can.

In the meantime, this comes with our best wishes to you, your families, and your communities for continued good health.

Institutional Advancement Events,
American Museum of Natural History

Event Co-Chairs

Sarah M. Belz
Amy Jacobsson
Katheryn P. Kempner
Alexandra Mondre
Catherine B. Sidamon-Eristoff

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, marks 50 years since the first Earth Day—and, coinciding with the American Museum of Natural History’s own 150th anniversary celebrations, there has never been a more pivotal moment to join The Spring Lunch. This year’s topic, Champions of the Environment: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, will be a dynamic and interdisciplinary look at the most pressing conservation issues today and what lies ahead.

A dynamic panel featuring Chris Filardi, Chief Program Officer, Nia Tero; Valerie Rockefeller, Chair of the Board of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and Mitchell J. Silver, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks; and moderated by Andrew Revkin, one of America’s most honored and experienced environmental journalists, will review today’s most urgent environmental challenges and unveil the interdisciplinary solutions of tomorrow, exploring a vision for the next 50 years of conservation and the vast potential they hold.

For more information, please contact Ariel Schiff at 212-496-3495 or email s[email protected].



I would like to make a contribution to The Spring Lunch: Science, Society, and Our Environment. 

Tables and Tickets:


Leadership Table: $15,000

Benefactor Table: $10,000

Sponsor Table: $5,000



Leadership Ticket: $1,500

Benefactor Ticket: $1,000

Sponsor Ticket: $500

Friend Ticket: $350

Junior Council Ticket: $250

(Available for active members of the Museum’s JC program)


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