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 Nature to You Loan Program is open Monday through Thursday from 2-5 PM.

Holiday closure dates 2021 -2022
November 22-26, 2021 (Thanksgiving)
December Nights (TBD)
December 20-31, 2021
January 17, 2022 (MLK Day)
February 21, 2022 (President's Day)
May 30, 2022 (Memorial Day)

In accordance with CDC recommendations and to keep our community safe: It is strongly recommended that all guests wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Guests who are not fully vaccinated, including children ages 3-12, are required to wear a mask at all times while inside the Loan Library.

CONTACT: Questions or concerns? Please contact us by email at loanprogram@sdnhm.org or by phone at 619.255.0236

LOCATION: Northwest corner of the Museum on level 1.

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.

A Visit to the Nature to You Loan Program

Did you know The Nat 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.