Science for ALL Program Supporters

Jay & Barbra Brost

Robert Moore and Nancy Engelhardt-Moore

Janet Kjellstrom and the Kjellstrom Family Foundation

The Koch Family Foundation


Science for All Programming

Burpee Museum of Natural History is working hard to bring high quality science learning opportunities to ALL learners in our region through subsidized and free field trips, scholarships to camps and classes, and even internship programming.

We know that science education is essential for promoting the health and well-being of all children.  Research shows the link between a child’s education and quality of life not only through income possibilities for that child, but the physical and mental health of the individual (Hudson, 2005 & Levin, 2006).

At Burpee Museum, we believe children in the region need greater access to STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) resources and supplies.  With a discrepancy in resources, teacher expertise, and family support in math and science, there is a great need in our region. 

Burpee is excited to take part in the movement to broaden the access and diversity in science education. Education research has helped shed light on the reasons that students—and in particular women and ethnic minorities—abandon study and careers in STEM fields.  Students abandon study due to perception of success, financial barriers, proximity to resources, lack of active engagement and more.

Active engagement enhances learning for students of all demographics.   Active learning is when students are engaged in thinking or problem solving rather than listening passively to a lecture.  Research has found especially beneficial effects of active learning on women and other underrepresented groups, likely due to a greater sense of belonging that can be achieved through active learning experiences.  Active learning includes hands-on activities, field trips, lab activities, debates, research and more.  These are activities are the core of Burpee Museum educational programming.  

Burpee is working increase access to science by breaking barriers for families including financial obstacles.  We need your help.  

With your supportive gifts, we will be able to help children who would not be otherwise able to attend our field trips.  With your supportive gifts, you can make science more available to all children.

Help ALL children gain access to great science experiences!  

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Join Us, and Support Science!

We are excited to share some of the awesome things happening at Burpee!

Give us a call or email. 

Contact Executive Director Anne directly:


Donate by Mail

To donate by check or to a specific cause, please mail donations to:

Burpee Museum of Natural History
737 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103

Donate by Phone

To donate by phone or to get assistance with your donation, please contact us at 815-965-3433.

Tax Information

Burpee Museum of Natural History registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to Burpee Museum of Natural History are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Burpee Museum of Natural History tax identification number is 36-2045414.

2018 Annual Appeal

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Dear Burpee Community Supporter,

Burpee Museum of Natural History has made great strides in 2018. We  are deeply grateful and hope you will continue to support our momentum.

Burpee has something special.

We are unique in the region- we advance natural science through research, emerging learner outreach and citizen science projects. Your support  has helped us bring scholarships for programming to over 300 impoverished children in 2019 who would not otherwise enroll in Burpee classes.Your support has grown our outreach and innovation to make 3D images of our collections a reality. Your support has started an engine of natural science learning and collaboration right here in the greater Rockford Region!  Thank you!

I am counting on your continued support.

I am asking you to help us push Burpee Museum to a new level.  We’ll continue to make a difference by creating programming that touches the lives of learners of all ages, abilities and backgrounds by doubling the number scholarships offered.  We want to make our collections to be available to all learners from any location: the classroom or the home through our 3D images.  We want all kids to see an augmented reality version of a dinosaur claw, an extinct bird, or beaver skull from anywhere using our new Burpee App. We are close to making this a reality, and we need your help!

Your gift will provide innovative science learning opportunities to local school children and will make natural science learning for all ages tangible and possible in exciting new ways.  Please join me and Burpee’s Board of Trustees in bringing natural science to life for everyone!

Give the gifts of science this holiday season.

The impact of your gift is amplified by exciting innovation at Burpee.  From new programming to innovative new collaborations, we are bounding forward on a rising tide of energy. We are asking you to help give the gifts of science joy, exploration, and opportunity! Please consider being a part of our growth with your gift to this year’s Annual Fund.

Help us soar.

Now is an awesome time for Burpee Museum of Natural History! Please join us in paving the way for Burpee to soar in 2019!  


Anne Weerda, MSEd, MEd 

Executive Director,  Burpee Museum of Natural History