Live Oaks Society

Be a Part of the Museum’s Future.

The San Diego Natural History Museum has helped thousands of people enjoy and better understand the natural world through our exhibitions, our educational programs, and our scientific research. You can help us fulfill our mission as a steward of our region’s natural environment by making a commitment of a future gift from your estate. Friends of the Museum who take this important step are members of the Museum’s Live Oaks Society.

Your planned gift can take a variety of different forms, with the simplest being a charitable bequest in your will or living trust—generally one or two sentences that leave the Museum a specific amount — a gift contingent upon certain events, or a percentage of your estate or its residual. Other ways to benefit the Museum include giving through a life insurance policy, a retirement plan or IRA, or other life income gifts. Such plans are easy to revise if your circumstances change. They may also help you save estate taxes later.

Read stories about Live Oaks members' decisions to give. For more information on how to provide continuing support for the San Diego Natural History Museum and its mission, please check with your attorney or financial adviser. To learn more contact Eowyn Bates, VP Advancement, at 619.255.0172 or