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Annual Appeal

Thanks to your support, Burpee Museum of Natural History has much to celebrate!

Burpee continues to make great strides in financial stability, scientific research, and new exhibits! This past year, we spread the love of science to over 29,726 in-person and over 60,000 virtual guests! We provided scholarships to youth who could not otherwise afford museum and virtual experiences, launched our first YouTube Live student PaleoFest scientist panel of international paleontologists for ober 1,800 school-age children, opened a collaborative, groundbreaking, and emotional Native American exhibit, and made strides in database maintenance for our research collections!

Our paleontology and biology labs are currently undergoing major renovations which will usher in a new era of science at Burpee Museum. All of this...thanks to YOUR support. What a year! 

Burpee's plan today: Remain relevant and viable, and strengthen our community connections. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Burpee flourished. We utilized mandated shut-down time to revamp exhibits and build new ones. We leveraged a floor to reorganize and update collections. 

Yet, we feel the squeeze of difficult times. As a not-for-profit organization, so much of our ability to provide services to the community hinges on the financial assistance of key supporters like you. The gift of scholarship programs, collaboration with local Native American Indian delegations to bring important messages to our community, outreaches to local school groups, and the unparalleled ongoing research thrives only because of your financial support.

During this giving season, please consider the gifts Burpee can give our community all year long thanks to your gift today.

Planning Strategically

With a new 3 year strategic plan in hand, a fantastic and dedicated staff, a guiding vision, a strong Board of Trustees, and a special group of volunteers, Burpee Museum is better equipped to face the next phases of growth and innovative learning than every before. We will continue to thrive in the new year and keep moving forward, spreading science joy!

We ask you to support our operation. Higher gas prices and failing HVAC systems have caused the underlying maintenance and operational costs for a building of our size to continue to rise. While we have written and earned grants to replace failing equipment, governmental delays continue to slow the receipt of these dollars, delaying needed repairs, and thus we must continue to repair our failing infrastructure. 

Will you help Burpee thrive? A gift of $550 supports essential staff wages and a more significant gift of over $2,500 helps support daily operational costs that have recently increased, allowing us to continue to share our museum with the community. 

Help us help kids belong to something scientific, innovative, and exciting! Working together, we will continue to cultivate awesome learning experiences for all ages. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for supporting our outstanding museum through giving generously to the Annual Appeal!


Anne F. Weerda, Joshua Mathews, Rhonda Dailing, & Alex Merry

Burpee Museum of Natural History Leadership Team

Giving Tuesday

On Giving Tuesday, November 29th, Burpee Museum will host a donation day. We will have an Animal Hours, where you can interact with our beloved animals and pay for their lunch, and free crafts will be available for young scientists! Please consider donating, and join us in changing lives with the gifts of science.

Ways to Give

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.

Donate Online:

To donate online, please send donations to our PayPal @burpeemuseum.

In-Kind Gifts:

Burpee appreciates your kindness! From supplies for classes, to items for our staff and volunteer spaces, Burpee is willing to accept donations from you as a 501 C3 charity. Please note that all donations may not be acceptable at any given time, so contact us before bringing items to the museum.

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.

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