School of Biological Sciences

Charles R. Conner Museum

Funding and Donations

The Conner Museum is funded through WSU's College of Arts and Sciences and the State of Washington. This funding provides the basics, but to expand our programs and activities we rely on contributions from interested and involved citizens.   The generous donations of past supporters have enabled us to continually improve our exhibits and collections. With your support we can expand our efforts to provide quality outreach programs for area youth and create improved educational displays. We believe in the importance of science education and wish to supply the best possible setting. Your donation, no matter how small, would empower our efforts. 

Thank you very much for your support.

Monetary Donations

Click here to give to the Museum Development Fund.


In addition to the Museum's Development Fund, we have established an endowment which we hope will grow to provide additional long-term support for museum programs.  For information about contributing to the Conner Museum endowment, contact:

Larry Hufford, Director
Conner Museum
PO Box 644236
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-4236

phone: 509-335-2183

Taxidermy Donations

Our display and storage space is extremely limited.  We accept very, very few taxidermy mounts. In particular, we receive many offers of mounted cougars that we must regretfully decline.  We also generally decline head mounts or racks of large game animals and mounts of any species in poor shape (loose limbs, fur or feathers falling out, etc.). 

If you have a mount in good shape that you think we might be interested in, email the curator at

We are more likely to accept donations of tanned pelts.  Pelts are easier to store than mounts.  We use pelts for the teaching collection and for educational presentations.  We sometimes use pelt pieces for the touch table.  

At the moment, we could use a black bear pelt or rug, preferably of a fairly small bear, for the teaching collection.

If we accept a taxidermy mount or pelt, the donation can be claimed as a tax deduction, however, the donor can only deduct the cost of the taxidermy for the specimen.  The value of the donation cannot include the cost of the hunting trip to obtain it, storage or cleaning costs, etc. 

School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, PO Box 644236, Pullman WA 99164-4236, 509-335-3553, Contact Us
The SBS main office is located in 312 Abelson Hall on the Pullman campus.