Nature to You Loan Program

Enrich your programming with Museum specimens.

The Nat is now closed to the public until further notice. We realize this is a difficult and challenging time but we want to continue to protect our most vulnerable populations and keep our community and staff safe.

If you have specimens that you have checked out prior to the Museum closing, we ask that you continue to follow specimen care instructions. As we come closer to the reopening of the Museum, the Nature to You Loan Program’s hours and guidelines will be posted here.

Our museum doors may be closed, but our work will not stop. The natural world does not stop, and neither do we.


Northwest corner of the Museum on level 1


Questions or concerns? Please contact us at 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.