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Your support advances our work to study local biodiversity and inspire the next generation of conservationists. It keeps our scientists in the field working to study and conserve wildlife, inspires our educators to create distance learning resources and online events and programs, and helps our exhibition team plan and build exciting new spaces in the Museum.

You can make a difference in the future of our region—and every little bit helps.


Make a one-time gift, or sign up to donate monthly. Choose either option when you make your gift online. Recurring gifts help support operations all year round. Need help signing up for monthly donations? Please contact Alejandra Saavedra at or 619-255-0273.

More Ways to Give

Every individual is different. That’s great, because there are many ways to support the Museum, including donor-advised funds, non-taxable gifts from your IRA, and planned gifts made from your estate.

Leadership Circle

When you donate $1,200 or more in one year, you'll automatically be enrolled in our Leadership Circle. Participants receive the basic benefits of membership and also exclusive privileges and opportunities. More.

Legacy Giving

You can help us fulfill our mission as a steward of nature in our region by making the commitment of a future gift from your estate. When you do, you'll become part of our Live Oaks Society. More.

Give with Confidence

The Nat’s financial health, accountability, and transparency have been rated by the most trusted nonprofit evaluators in the industry. The Museum has been awarded a Four-Star rating by Charity Navigator and a Platinum Seal of Transparency by Candid (formerly known as GuideStar). These ratings designate The Nat as a “Give with Confidence” organization and underscore the Museum’s commitment to our donors.