DELAWARE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY INC

aka Delaware Museum of Natural History   |   Wilmington, DE   |  www.delmnh.org

Mission

Our mission: to investigate nature and science, preserve and interpret our collections, conduct scientific research, and inspire people of all ages to a lifetime of exploration and discovery. Through this mission, we strive to achieve our purpose: to help develop a caring society that respects and values our planet.

Ruling year info

1959

Executive Director

Halsey Spruance

Main address

4840 Kennett Pike PO Box 3937

Wilmington, DE 19807 USA

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EIN

51-0083535

NTEE code info

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Our programs

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Education Programs

Informing our audiences about the natural world and interpreting specimens, species, and scientific knowledge is a major part of our programming for all ages.
In 2019, we delivered education programs to 19,319 individuals, which includes 9,341 disadvantaged students who received programming for free or at a discount, thanks to generous sponsors, including Citigroup, NBC Universal, PNC, and an anonymous donor. Museum educators also conducted teacher-training at all levels, including 12 onsite professional development classes as well as offsite training.

When the pandemic hit, we reorganized PreK-12 activities. Story times, live animal presentations, nature crafts, science experiments, and distance learning programs were posted online. For the 2020-21 academic year, DMNH has placed significant emphasis on remote learning, with $129,073 in grants to support this initiative, including the following projects:

Anonymous Foundation
Funding from this anonymous foundation over the past four years provided nature and science education programming to 27,000 participants from underserved areas, professional development to 1,171 teachers, and multi-year evaluation of our programs. For the 2020-21 school year, we will develop and deliver offsite and online nature and science programming as live streams and pre-recorded videos, all supporting state school standards and teacher professional development requirements with a focus on Title One students and underserved audiences through partnerships with local school districts and Head Start centers.

PNC Foundation
This two-year (2020-21) grant supports the creation of the “PNC Grow Up Great Resource Center” in the Nature Nook to provide early childhood educators and parents with nature and science resources, updates the Museum’s comprehensive “Seeing Science Everywhere” curricula, related teacher science kits and resource guides, and updates and creates new Teacher Professional Development Training to incorporate new technologies and learning styles.

DuPont
This grant funds three new STEM-driven educational programs for underserved regional middle school classrooms at no charge to the schools. These programs, both virtually and in-person, will empower students to participate in STEM-related activities and jobs, be accessible, and will meet Next Generation Science Standards for environmental responsibility, preservation of environmental resources, and innovation.

Dorr Foundation
The Delaware Teen Science Café is designed for teens by teens in our community. High school teen leaders bring teens together in the unique setting of the Delaware Museum of Natural History or the Delaware Center for Horticulture to engage in STEAM-related topics delivered by local experts in the field. Each café will begin with a pizza meet and greet with other teens followed by an informal presentation, a hands-on activity, wrapping up with questions and answers. This program is specifically designed for grades 7-12.

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Where we work

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Financials

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DELAWARE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY INC

Board of directors
as of 5/13/2021
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Board chair

Ronald Logue

Wilmington Trust

Term: 2021 -

Richard Cairns

PNC, N.A

Amanda Konyk

Law Office of Amanda Krasinski-Konyk

Edward Novak

Community Member

Halsey Spruance

Delaware Museum of Natural History

Nina Burnaford

University of Pennsylvania

E. Bradford du Pont

Tower Hill School

Kurt Heyman

Heyman Enerio Gattuso & Hirzel

John Kirby

Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Benjamin Ledyard

US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Ronald Logue

Wilmington Trust Company

Ian McConnel

Corporation Service Company

Alok Patel

Delaware Biotechnology Institute

George Trammell

Community Member

Samuel Hyland

Walnut Green Asset Management, LLC

Estella Atekwana

University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean & Environment

Deirdre Doherty

Consultant and Researcher for Science, Animals, Environment and Conservation

Eda Montgomery

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Thomas Uebler

McCollom, D'Emilio, Smith, Uebler, LLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No