We are The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians, a nonprofit 501(c) organization based in New York City and dedicated to advancing the natural and environmental sciences for the public benefit and also providing a forum for scientists to come together and share ideas and knowledge. We promote environmental awareness and scientific thinking through discussion and interaction between scientists and the general public. Our principle activities involve organizing field trips led by scientists to natural ecosystems, museums and parks. To see our bylaws visit here.


On September 9, 2011, Stephanie Loria and Sean Keane McKenzie did conspire to found a society, based in New York City, for the purpose of fostering intellectual advancement in and enjoyment of natural history. To this end was founded The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians, bringing together diverse persons in the metropolitan area with interest in the various branches of natural history to share knowledge and love of the amazing works of nature.

What We've Achieved

  • More than 1200 people have attended our 60+ events
  • Guided tours of exhibits, natural history collections and parks with researchers from the American Museum of Natural History, New York Botanical Garden, City University of New York, Rockefeller University, Columbia University and Princeton University
  • Field trips to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
  • Hosting photography and nature writing contests (open to the public of the NYC metropolitan area) to encourage participants to engage themselves with the natural world