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Ways You Can Support the Museum

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and its sister site, SunWatch, could not fulfill their mission without generous support from the community and generous donors, just like you. Every dollar we receive helps to engage and inspire families in your community.  We are good stewards of your gift, and we make every effort to maximize your investment in our organization.

Ways YOU Can Support the Mission

MAKE A DONATION

MAKE A DONATION

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery serves more than 200,000 guests, students, and teachers each year – but we could not fulfill our mission without the generous support from the community and individual donors, just like you.

Every dollar we receive helps to engage and inspire families in our community by providing high-quality, interactive, science-based educational opportunities that enrich the lives of children and adults.

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TAKE YOUR SEAT

Make your mark in our newly-renovated planetarium space by sponsoring a seat in support of astronomy education.

Recent renovations to improve the viewing experience for thousands of annual visitors to the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater include major repair of the interior dome, new flooring, and 170 upgraded seats that make astronomy learning accessible for all – and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Whether you want to honor a loved one, commemorate a special occasion, or simply show your support for space science education at the Museum, your gift will help light a spark of curiosity and inspire thousands of annual visitors to explore the wonders of our night sky.

Support Levels

Premier Seat$500 (limited)
Seat$200
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FAQ about Take your Seat

How will the “Take Your Seat” sponsorship work?
The 170 seats in the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater are available for sponsorship on a first come, first served basis. There are a limted number of Premier Seats available for a one-time $500 donation; additional seats are available for a one-time $200 donation. All donor recognition will remain in place for the lifetime of the chair, and contributions are 100% tax deductible.*

Will the seat I sponsor become my seat for shows?
No. Your support for our astronomy programs is a naming opportunity, and does not reserve that seat for shows or events in the planetarium. Every seat in the planetarium, whether named or unnamed, is always available on a first-come, first served basis to any guest at a planetarium show or event.

How will my seat be recognized?
Each sponsored seat has a highly visible brass plaque (7/8" x 2 1/2") embedded on the arm of the chair. The donor plate will be engraved as designated by YOU. Naming can be for individuals, organizations or corporations.  

What will my donor plate say?
The donor plate is a 7/8" x 2 1/2" brass plate that can be inscribed with up to two lines of 26 characters (including spaces). You will be asked to submit your inscription at the time of purchase.

Tell me about the new seating?
These ergonomic seats are ideal for exploring the universe from the comfort of the planetarium, offering an ADA-compliant configuration that makes space science accessible for every visitor.  

*Gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent the law permits. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your donation. Please consult with your own tax advisor for further questions.

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Adopt an animal

Support the Discovery Zoo by adopting one of your favorite zoo residents for the coming year! Show your love for the animals, knowing that your support will provide the care and enrichment needed to keep them safe, happy, and healthy.

Giving Levels & Recognition

All Star $25

Super Star $50

Champion $75

Hero $150

Adoption Certificate

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Animal Fact Sheet

Animal Fact Sheet

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$5 OFF coupon for a special animal plush in our gift shop$10 OFF coupon for a special animal plush in our gift shop$15 OFF coupon for a special animal plush in our gift shop$20 OFF coupon for a special animal plush in our gift shop
Eligible to purchase an exclusive "Behind-the-Scenes" guided tour of the Discovery Zoo at $75 per personEligible to purchase an exclusive "Behind-the-Scenes" guided tour of the Discovery Zoo at $75 per personEligible to purchase an exclusive "Behind-the-Scenes" guided tour of the Discovery Zoo at $75 per personTWO TICKETS to an exclusive "Behind-the-Scenes" guided tour of the Discovery Zoo

Adoption Options

"Eno & Sikwa" our river otters
"Patience" our sloth
"Dart" our poisoned dart frog
"Segundo" our desert tortoise
"Ruby" our red-tailed boa
"Lucy" our Turkey Vulture

How far will YOUR donation go?

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$25Provide a full week of produce for Patience, our Linne's two-toed sloth.Ensure each Animal Ambassador has their own puzzle feeder.Support staff and supplies needed to clean and improve enclosures daily!
$50Serve up a week of fresh fruit to our bats!Provide one Boomer Ball. These tough toys are the paws-down favorite for our otters -- but they go through them quickly!Brooms, towels, and other cleaning supplies need to be replaced regularly.
$100Zoo animals need special diets! Provide frozen meat for our carnivores for one month.Even in zoos, animals need rest and privacy! This level provides a shelter in one resident's habitat.Purchase a case of disinfectant! Keeping our animals safe and healthy means having the right materials at hand.
$250Provide a YEAR'S supply of snacks for our herbivore animals.Crickets are both food and enrichment for many animals. Provide SIX months of snacks!Meerkats love to dig away at sand in their enclosure, and this giving level provides a year's supply.
$500Happy, healthy starfish eat a LOT of mussels, and this level ensures a full year's supply!Curious mammals and birds need LOTS of enrichment! Give our staff the time and flexibility to create new games daily for them to explore.Support nap time in the zoo! Purchase one year's supply of bedding and hay.
$1000Our otters eat NINE fish per DAY! This gift will keep them satisfied for SIX months.Hammocks and custom climbing structures made from fire hoses are durable and provide hours of enjoyment. Help us create new ones with a gift at this level.Outfitting animal enclosures with full-spectrum bulbs helps keep animals healthy! Each bulb must be replaced annually, and can cost up to $1000.
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Thank You Animal Adopters!!

All Stars

Chase Merriman 
Cynthia Helmig
Jodi Hatherill 
Micah Siegal
Kaylani Kretzer
Sandra Pocius
Debby Hatherill 
Mariah Vogelgesang
Ashley Miracle

Super Stars

Danielle Carone
Benjamin & Alan Bolus 
Erin Kunkle
Kjirsten Frank
Roy Horvath
Marsha Wagstaff
Marsha Bartlett
Emma Bowser


Champions

Chase Merriman
Lynsey Spicer


Heroes

Richard Morton
Maggie Yowler
Henry Johnson
Tracy Bieser
Constance Wright
Diana Schmitz
Susan Edwards
Pam Rath
Jessica Lewe
Misty Mokrycki
Megan Shade
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Volunteer Opportunities at Boonshoft

The Boonshoft Museum is now accepting applications.

When you volunteer at a Dayton Society of Natural History location like the Boonshoft or SunWatch, you join a team of volunteers who represent multiple ages, interests, and areas of expertise. The Dayton Society of Natural History has opportunities for individuals 18 years or older to contribute to meaningful projects and get hands-on while interacting with the community—all while having fun and meeting new people.

Below you will find short summaries of the volunteer opportunities being offered at this location. Volunteers receive a basic orientation to learn about the Boonshoft Museum and receive training for their specific position as they work alongside staff in their assignments. All applicants must meet the position requirements, must be 18 years of age or older, submit an online application, pass an interview, and submit any required paperwork.

Volunteer Opportunities 

Questions? Get in Touch with Us!

If you have questions about the opportunities or group opportunities, please submit an inquiry form and our team will reach out to you via email or phone. 
Questions can also be directed to volunteer@boonshoftmuseum.org


Access VicNet (Volunteer Information Center Network)

Access your volunteer account, schedule, and more! LOG IN

Are you a current volunteer who needs to update their online profile? Email Volunteer@BoonshoftMuseum.org for a special link.

Volunteer Opportunities at Our SunWatch Location

Sunwatch is now accepting applications!

Click here to apply today!

Volunteer Opportunities at the SunWatch Indian Village

When you volunteer at a Dayton Society of Natural History location like the Boonshoft or SunWatch, you join a team of volunteers who represent multiple ages, interests, and areas of expertise, from former teachers and retired engineers, to teens and college students looking to expand their horizons through volunteerism. The Dayton Society of Natural History has an opportunity for everyone to contribute to meaningful projects and get hands-on while interacting with the community—all while having fun and meeting new people.

Below you will find short summaries of the volunteer opportunities being offered at this location. Volunteers receive a basic orientation to learn about Sunwatch and receive training for their specific position as they work alongside staff in their assignments. All applicants must submit an online application, pass an interview, and submit any required paperwork.

Visitor Engagement Volunteer

SunWatch Visitor Engagement Volunteers will assist the Reconstruction and Prairie Manager and Assistant Site Manager with engaging and connecting guests to the site.
Including but not limited to – being available to guide guests around the site, answer guest questions, presenting specific programs or games to guests.
No experience is required but must be willing to get dirty and be physically able to work.

  • Applicant must be at least 18.

Garden and Park Volunteer

SunWatch Garden & Park Volunteers will assist the Reconstruction and Prairie Supervisor and Assistant Site Manager with projects in the village.
Including but not limited to – landscaping, planting, and gardening. No experience is required but must be willing to get dirty and be physically able to work.

  • Applicant must be at least 18.

Props Volunteer

SunWatch Props Volunteers will assist the Reconstruction and Prairie Supervisor and Site Manager with creating and caring for props in the village.
Including but not limited to – Cutting open gourds, decorating props, cleaning up or repairing existing props and building simple structures like fire pits and displays. No experience is required but must be willing to get dirty and be physically able to work.

  • Applicant must be at least 18. 

Questions?

If you have questions about our opportunities or group opportunities, please submit an inquiry form and our team will reach out to you via email of phone.

Click here to submit an inquiry form!

Access VicNet (Volunteer Information Center Network)

Access your volunteer account, schedule, and more!

Login!

       Click here to make a safe, secure donation online today.


Did you know that the DSNH is also eligible for Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) donations? Our CFC number is 36476.

The Dayton Society of Natural History has received the 2018 Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.

The Dayton Society of Natural History is an Accredited Charity with the Better Business Bureau, in recognition of our adherence to the BBB program standards of accountability.


Want to support the Museum in other ways? Consider designating us as your beneficiary through your Kroger Card, GFS card, or even when shopping Amazon Smile (just look for Dayton Society of Natural History)!  You can also donate items directly to the Discovery Zoo and our Education Department via Amazon Wish lists. View the lists for the Education Department and the Discovery Zoo.

Donor Privacy Policy

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  • To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.
  • Donor information is held to the same standard as out general Privacy Policy, which can be views below.

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If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via telephone at 937.275.7431 or marketing@boonshoftmuseum.org.