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Free Visits to the Academy of Natural Sciences



    Free Visits to the Academy of Natural Sciences
    A young visitor to the The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University views an exhibition of Mark Laita's photographs of deadly snakes, June 19, 2013, in Philadelphia. Laita spent more than a year in Central America photographing rare and dangerous pythons, pit vipers, coral snakes and other serpents.

    Local students are getting the chance to visit the Academy of Natural Sciences for free this year.

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University announced their funding for this school year and with it comes a great opportunity for students in local Title 1 schools!

    Teachers in Title 1 schools in Philly, Cheltenham, Hatboro-Horsham, Interboro, Norristown, Souderton and Penn Delco are eligible to bring their students to the museum for free!

    "We've been trying to do this for a really long time and we're so excited to have this opportunity and to offer it to students," said the Academy's Director of Education Timshel Purdum.

    The Academy received its funding through a state program called the Educational Improvement Tax Credit. A program that gives scholarship monies to local businesses.

    This year mark's the second that the museum has recieved the funds.

    "Last year was really successful," Purdum said.

    But this year, their hoping for even more student visits.

    "This year we got enough funds to open up the museum to even more schools."

    Six more to be exact.

    "We received the funding late last year, so we tried to fit in as many schools as we could," according to Purdum. "This school year, we were ahead of the curve and were able to include a lot more schools."

    The visit is one-time only, but once is enough with interesting exhibits like Dinosaurs Unearthed, which runs between now and March 30, 2014.

    The Academy is also offering schools their Academy on the Go program, which brings the museum to students who can't make it to their location on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    "We're really excited and we'd love to see as many kids as possible. It feels really good to be able to do it."