Lindsay Wildlife Museum plays a leading role in educating residents of and visitors to the Greater Bay Area about California wildlife and inspiring them to protect the world we share. Through our changing natural history exhibits, animal rehabilitation hospital, live collection of non-releasable native California wildlife, and education and community outreach programs, we provide a portal to the natural world for children and adults. We serve more than 100,000 visitors each year, including 25,000 school children, who experience our unique collections and participate in interactive programming designed to make learning about the natural world both stimulating and fun. Likewise, visitors bringing injured animals in for care and following their rehabilitation increase their sensitivity to the impact of the urban environment on native species. Our hospital, the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital of its kind in the U.S., treats 5,500 native animals through nearly $1,000,000 worth of free veterinarian and rehabilitation services each year.
What we learn from caring for and rehabilitating our wildlife in the hospital informs our exhibits and educational programs. That information, together with Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s unique educational, wildlife and natural history resources, helps our education department work with teachers, bringing students activity-based, inquiry-driven learning. Thus, our programs all work in tandem to achieve our mission and continue the museum legacy of high quality environmental education and exposure to the natural world.