Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Log Number: MA-251544-OMS-22

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will implement “The Science Shop,” a pilot program to address local environmental challenges through community engagement. In partnership with the Overbrook Environmental Education Center, the museum will hold community workshops to identify environmental concerns and co-create actionable projects to respond to them. The partners will match projects with their own resources to frame issues, design appropriate interventions, and implement and assess impact. Academy staff will participate in training on community-based research and diversity, equity, and inclusion to strengthen their ability to facilitate this work. This program will support community members as active participants in shaping their future and advance the transformation of the Academy from a traditional natural history museum to a change agent that is of, by, and for the city it serves.