A Global Day of Giving:

November 28, 2017

#GIVINGTUESDAY is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GIVINGTUESDAY kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Burpee Museum of Natural History will be celebrating our 75th Anniversary in the upcoming year. We would love to campaign towards another 75 years!

Burpee Museum of Natural History is supported by many sources – individuals, corporations, foundations, trust funds, grants, memberships and fees. Our mission is to inspire all people to engage in a lifetime of learning about the natural world…for many years to come!

You can use your Credit Card securely to donate online.


We welcome gifts of any amount.
Burpee Museum is a not-for-profit organization and your donation of cash, securities, or in-kind materials is tax-deductible.



Volunteers make the difference! As a volunteer, you are giving Burpee the gift of your time and talent. Whether you’re filing paperwork, working with the collections, assisting visitors, or helping with events, you become an integral part of what makes Burpee Museum of Natural History a great place to discover.

Now is a great time to become a volunteer! We have a variety of positions open in multiple departments!

What Can Burpee Volunteers Do? Burpee volunteers can work in a number of different areas including:

  • Education
  • Lab/Collections
  • Facilities
  • Special Events
  • Traveling Exhibits

Volunteers are Needed for Upcoming Events!

Contact Visitor Services at 815-965-3433 to learn more about available volunteer opportunities.

All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application and pass a background check before their initial volunteering session. Applications are available at the Burpee front desk, call 815-965-3433 for details.


Help Needed to Repair Animals

Burpee Museum is still dealing with the aftermath of the flood. In December 2013, Burpee Museum suffered a flood on its first floor, which leaked into the lower level in the Museum’s biology and paleontology collections.

As a result, a number of specimens in our biology collections were damaged (some very badly) and needed to be repaired and cleaned. Over 700 gallons of standing water was removed from the first floor and building repairs needed to be made.

If you would like to help with the cost of repair of specimens, we are accepting donations at the front desk and over the phone at (815) 965-3433.