Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to informing and building a movement of environmentally engaged communities for a healthy, sustainable, and equitable planet. Their mission is to understand the natural world and inspire everyone to care for it. The Academy has sponsored expeditions; conducted seminal systematics research; built an extraordinary collection of 19 million biological specimens; led critical water and environmental research; transformed global understanding of freshwater ecology; and established a peerless natural history library and archive. It has offered public education for more than two centuries and today welcomes thousands of visitors as a top cultural attraction in Philadelphia.

Bow Bridge was engaged in 2022 to advise as communications counsel and promote Watershed Moment, the Academy’s multi-faceted project featuring art and sound installations, and an outdoor adventure walk revealing the critical importance of watersheds in our lives.

Top Photograph: Attunement, 2022. A large-scale outdoor sound sculpture designed by David Gordon and fabricated by Jordan Griska. Inset Photograph: The River Feeds Back, 2022. An immersive sound installation, by Annea Lockwood and Liz Phillips, on view in the Academy’s Dietrich Gallery.