Natural History Collection

Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s extensive Natural History Collection includes preserved specimens such as gems, minerals, fossils, plants, insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Learn about our programs and protocols below.

For information about Natural History Collection internships and volunteer shifts, please email [email protected]

Natural History Specimen Rentals

Teachers, artists, and researchers can explore Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s Natural History Teaching Collection and rent specimens. We invite you to benefit from our teaching collection and conservation efforts.

Rental Rates
Small Specimens: $10 each

Medium Specimens: $15 each

Large Specimens: $20 each

Maximum of 8 specimens per rental. Subject to availability and the museum’s discretion. 

Please Note

We require two weeks to receive and process your request. All rentals are for 5 days, with the pick-up date not counting as the first. Payment is required prior to pick-up. The determination of small, medium, and large specimens is made by Lindsay staff. Late fees are $10 per day. 

CLICK HERE to Request a Specimen Rental!

For more information, email [email protected] or call (925) 627-2913.

COVID Precautions 

The health and safety of our customers and staff is a high priority. Lindsay Wildlife Experience has adopted new protocols to keep specimen rentals safe. Pick-ups and drop-offs are now delivered to the borrower’s car for the borrower to load and unload while a crew member stays a safe 6 feet away. Additionally, the museum has adopted new COVID-safe terms in its Borrowers Agreement and all specimens are now quarantined after a rental is complete.

Natural History Donations

Lindsay Wildlife Experience welcomes donations of vertebrates, invertebrates, botany, geology, fossils, and scientific illustrations or art. Acceptance of a donation is at the discretion of the Director of Education and is guided by the museum’s Collection Policy. The museum does not accept unsolicited or drop-off donations, however, we are happy to work with you to schedule a time to evaluate your potential donation.

How to Donate

To have your donation considered for acquisition,  please send a completed donation form and photos of the specimens  to  [email protected]  If you need help filling out the donation form or are unsure of a specimen’s taxonomic information, email [email protected] for assistance.