Nature to You Loan Program

Enrich your programming with museum specimens.

The Nature to You Loan Program has an extensive library of specimens from plants, to mammals, to reptiles, to insects and birds. 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.

The Museum will remain temporarily closed through early 2021. The Nature to You Loan Program is open by appointment only. We strictly adhere to the COVID- 19 access guidelines.

Hours by appointment only: Tuesday/Wednesday 1-4 PM beginning October 6, 2020.

  • Members must schedule an appointment at least 30 minutes before you plan to arrive (schedule earlier to have the best chance at getting your preferred time).
  • Only one member may access the Loan Library at a time.
  • Masks are required in accordance with CDC recommendations. Members must have the mouth and nose covered while in the library.

Due to the space limitations in the Loan Library, 6 feet of social distancing may not always be possible but should be attempted. Hand sanitizer will be available to use upon entering and exiting.

What are we doing to keep you safe? All staff will have daily temperature checks and wear face coverings. All Loan Library specimens and equipment, including doors and carts, will be cleaned between each appointment.


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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.