Current Campaigns



Help a classroom discover the wonder of Natural History by supporting our Adopt-A-Classroom program. A $100 donation will support admission for a class of approximately twenty (20) students to enjoy a guided tour of the museum, our current temporary exhibit and a variety of hands-on science learning activities. We are currently maintaining a waiting list of classes who will appreciate your support.

Museum Annual Campaign
The museum's annual campaign includes three funds: general museum support, research, and exhibitions. General support enhances museum programs and services including special educational events such as Earth Day and International Red Panda Day activities and our Summer Camp program. Research funds support new discoveries at Gray Fossil Site. Our exhibition program goals are outlined below: 

Due to current budget constraints, the museum has suspended its temporary, traveling exhibition program. A fundraising goal of $60,000 has been set to reinstate the temporary exhibition program in the summer of 2014 which will ensure that the museum can bring our community high-quality traveling exhibits. Once we reach this goal, additional permanent and semi-permanent exhibition improvements will include: 

Science On a Sphere
Science On a Sphere®
(SOS) is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating.

ETSU & General Shale Natural History Museum & Visitor Center at Gray Fossil Site wants to bring Science On a Sphere® to the Scott M. Niswonger Temporary Exhibit Hall for use approximately 6 to 9 months per year and plans are underway to build a program of exhibit development to supplement this mesmerizing display. Your donation to support this project will further Earth and Climate Science Education throughout central and southern Appalachia.

Giant Short-Faced Bear
Triceratops has been a huge hit in the museum's main lobby. Following this blockbuster exhibit, we hope to expand upon exhibitions in the museum atrium area by displaying an articulated giant, short-faced bear which stands over 12 feet tall, but we need your help! 

Make a Donation
Donations can be made online, in-person at the museum, or by mailing a check made payable to ETSU & GS Natural History Museum to 1212 Suncrest Drive, Gray, TN 37615 (please note on your check if you wish to donate to a specific campaign). Donation receipts are mailed to donors from the ETSU Foundation.

Giving Societies

Miocene Forest Society 
Tapir Society
Rhinoceros Society
Alligator Society
Red Panda Society
Short-Face Bear Society
Saber-Tooth Cat Society
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