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Kirtlandia Society

Research and education support since 1976

About the Society

The Kirtlandia Society was organized in 1976 to support the research and educational goals of the Museum. The group was named in honor of doctor and naturalist Jared Potter Kirtland (1793-1877), who founded the Cleveland Academy of Natural Sciences, a predecessor of the Museum.


Kirtlandia Society members meet monthly and enjoy programs on topics of current interest in natural history given by Museum curators and local experts. The Kirtlandia Society meets on the second Saturday of most months. The June meeting is on the third Saturday; there is no meeting in July. Coffee and conversation start at 9:30am. Programs begin at 10am, except as noted. See below for the current schedule of speakers.

Upcoming Events

A Slithering Success Story
Saturday, November 14
Speaker: Dr. Kristin Stanford, “The Island Snake Lady” Coordinator, Lake Erie Watersnake Recovery

Plants That Change the World
Saturday, December 12
Speaker: Cynthia Druckenbrod, VP of Horticulture, Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Acacia: Fairways to Forest
Saturday, January 9
Speaker: Wendy Weirich, Director of Outdoor Experiences, Cleveland Metroparks

Confessions of a Reptile Rescuer
Saturday, February 13
Speaker: Keith Gisser, Executive Director, Herps Alive Foundation


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More Information

Visit or contact Ann DuFresne at 216-231-4600 x3243 or You can also find the Kirtlandia Society on Facebook.

Looking for Kirtlandia, the Museum's scientific publication? Contact for information.

Jared Potter Kirtland:
Naturalist, Physician, Sage of the Western Reserve
by Thomas M. Daniel

Jared Potter Kirtland is an icon in the history of Ohio's Western Reserve. He delved into disciplines ranging from natural history to medicine and his influence persists to the present day. In this meticulously researched biography, Thomas M. Daniel brings into view the complete picture of the life and accomplishments of this distinguished, yet humble man.

This biography can be purchased from the Harold T. Clark Library during regular hours. List price $22.95. Email with questions.