With deep gratitude, we recognize the individuals and organizations that help to make our work possible. We appreciate each of you!

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Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History

We offer a special thanks to the family of Robert A. Hefner, who established the museum in the 1950s. Doc Hefner's abiding fascination and respect for nature continues to flourish in his children and grandchildren, and we greatly appreciate their continued interest and support.

Paul M. Daniel Classroom

Paul and Lois Daniel spent many years in Oxford and dedicated much time and energy to Miami University and the Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History. We gratefully acknowledge their tireless work on behalf of the museum and are fortunate to call them colleagues and friends.

Exhibit Sponsorship

Thanks to the Bever Family of Oxford and the Duke Energy Foundation, we are able to maintain and enhance the Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History's exhibits for the enjoyment of our visitors.

Discovery Trunks

Thanks to the Oxford Community Foundation's generous support, teachers and students now have access to additional museum resources for use in their classrooms.

Friends of the Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History

Invaluable support from the members of the Friends of the Hefner allows us to develop and offer programs that teach children about animals and animal habitats. We thank the following donors, as well as those who wished to remain anonymous:

  • Joyce Albrecht
  • Mystical Makers 4-H Club/Kristen Allen
  • Melanie Andrew
  • Suzanne Baker
  • David and Cecilia Berg
  • Dorothy and David Bonnett
  • Dr. and Mrs. William B. Camm
  • Terri and Pat Caprio
  • Doug and Cathy Carlson
  • Ed and Jo DeVillez
  • Julius Feitl
  • Janet Smyser Fenholt
  • Ray Fenton
  • Walter Gillespie
  • Laura Groff
  • Paul and Michelle Harding
  • Bob and Lee Hefner
  • Craig Hefner
  • Jerry and Joyce Ivins
  • Rebekah Jones and Don Dingwell
  • Ralph E. Kah, MD
  • Chris and Jenny Karaus
  • Brian Keane
  • Dr. Jerry Lang
  • Dr. and Mrs. Vinnedge Lawrence
  • Rick and Marcia Lee
  • Dan and Shirley Leonard
  • Richard Levin, MD
  • Joe and Ella McMahon
  • Dave and Lisa Mueller
  • Debra Oexmann
  • Yerevan Peterson
  • Ronald J. Pfohl
  • John P. Pogue, DVM
  • Karen Rosholt
  • Tom Runyan and Susan Gertz
  • Sue Hefner Rytel
  • St. James School
  • Dorothy Kleinhenn Salamon
  • Robert Sharp, DVM
  • Doug and Betty Taylor
  • Dr. J. William Thomas and Dr. J. Bill Thomas
  • Jan Trybula and Kimberly Kniepkamp
  • Kirk Waganek
  • Tom and Holly Wissing

The Friends of the Hefner appreciates your contributions! For more information or to become a member, contact Cecilia Berg at 513.529.6085 or Or complete and mail the Friends of the Museum form [223 KB PDF].

Global Heritage Endowment

The Global Heritage Endowment was established to honor the Miami University students who helped to envision the environmental science textbook The Biosphere: Protecting Our Global Environment. Donations to the Global Heritage Endowment advance the Center's educational programming in diverse ways. For example, your support can help us purchase materials for new Discovery Trunks or add titles to our lending library of natural history and ecology books. For more information or to donate, contact Cecilia Berg at 513.529.6085 or

Wear Your Support

Three unique wildlife designs are featured on Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History t-shirts (100% heavy-duty cotton).

Proceeds help us to provide children's programs about animals and animal habitats. For more information, contact Donald Kaufman at 513.529.4617 or

    Sizes and Prices:
  • Child sizes 2-12: $5
  • Adult sizes S-XL: $5
  • Adult sizes 2XL-3XL: $5
shirts enlarged image of swallowtail butterfly on t-shirt enlarged image of raccoon on t-shirt enlarged image of owl on t-shirt

Check Us Out

Check out what the Center is all about by exploring our portfolio [1.3 MB PDF] of current projects. Each exhibit or program in the portfolio includes a detailed project description, its goal and the support needed to develop or maintain it. For more information, contact Don Kaufman at 513.529.4617 or

You also can make a donation through Miami University's Office of Development. Please remember to specify that your donation is for the Center for Environmental Education. Thank you in advance for your support!