Explorers Fund

Since 1995, community heroes like you have supported the Explorers Program, an award‑winning college, career, and life readiness program.

Through this three-year immersive mentoring and work-study program, Newark-area high school students build essential skills through a curriculum that draws upon the Museum’s unique collections, resources, and professional staff. Your donation today will allow high school students from diverse backgrounds to discover their passions in the arts and sciences and begin their careers in STEAM professions.

More than the program’s national awards and its proud 100% college acceptance rate for graduating seniors, it is the personal journeys of our Explorers that are the true measure of our impact. We are honored to witness their personal growth and the ways they enrich our galleries and new virtual communities with their passion and purpose.

Click below to read first-hand accounts of their experiences from our Explorers: In Their Own Words.

Donate to the Explorers Fund

Measuring Your Impact

A gift of $50 underwrites educational materials and training workshops to help Explorers build their skills as public speakers, researchers, and community leaders

A gift of $100 supports one-on-one mentoring with Museum staff and behind-the-scenes access to regional science and arts & culture centers so Explorers can continue to expand their horizons

A gift of $500 purchases SAT prep books, which are given for free to every Explorer, and underwrites a session of SAT prep training or college application coaching for Explorers

A gift of $1,000 underwrites Teen Nights and exhibitions designed and delivered by Explorers throughout the year, including supplies, materials, and outreach to teen audiences


Major funding for the Explorers Program has been provided by the following generous supporters since 2018:

AT&T Services, Inc.
Aviation Development Council, Inc
Sara and Jonathan Bonesteel
Cepreghy Foundation
The Charles E. and Edna T. Brundage
Charitable Foundation
The Eleanor Upton Charitable Foundation
F. M. Kirby Foundation
Nancye and Robert Falzon
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Ellen and Don Greenfield
The Greenfield Family Fund
Kathy and Mark Grier
Megan Myungwon Lee
Panasonic Corporation of North America
Paul S. Nadler Family Charitable Trust
Jonathan and Kathleen Peacock
Adrienne A. Phillips, MD, MPH
The Provident Bank Foundation
Prudential Foundation
PSEG Foundation
Laura J. Niles Foundation, Inc.
Charles Lowrey and Susan Rodriguez
New York Community Trust, Wattles Family Charitable Fund
New York Life Insurance/Judith and Donald Robinson
National Endowment for the Arts
Rochelle and Ronald Karp
Maudie Shanley
Monica Slater Stokes
The Sloan Family
Turrell Fund
Verizon Foundation
Victoria Foundation

and many generous and anonymous individual donors.