The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has educational offerings suitable for all ages.
Stego Steps is a program designed for children from 0-8 years of age and an adult companion. It promotes early learning about science through dance, art, journals, stories, observations and tours, and furthermore provides an opportunity for socialization and discussion of scientific themes.
Prehistoric Preschool is for children aged 3-5, accompanied by a caregiver. Natural history topics are examined in a supportive and fun environment, through crafts, songs, games, puppet shows and by investigating items from the museum’s collections. The program is child-centered and age appropriate. Children will meet the state fossil, Coelophysis, learn about the Jurassic swamplands and two of the dinosaurs active at that period, what characteristics make Pentaceratops a dinosaur, and why a pterosaur is not a dinosaur. Microscopes and other scientific tools will be used to explore New Mexico’s diverse terrains of mountains, grasslands, deserts and rivers.
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Young Explorers Summer Science Program is a day camp offered to children from grade 2 to grade 8. Many themes are explored, and include botany, the various ecosystems of New Mexico, hiking, geology, volcanoes, sharks, mapping, astronomy and outer space technology, paleontology and museum science.
Garden Workshops for Families offers family groups with children aged 4-12 hands-on learning about biology, soil science and water in the desert in the outdoor garden setting of The Kiwanis Learning Garden. Children and parents will learn gardening basics, be taught how to test soil and learn how to build a worm farm. Independent learning is encouraged. Multi-media art projects are also undertaken by participants.
The Junior Docents Program is for teens aged 13-17 who wish to learn to be an Educator in the museum’s exhibit halls. Teens involved learn to interact with visitors and are instructed by the scientists, curators, docents and volunteers of the museum.
Monthly lectures for adults and older children are offered and are presented by eminent scientists on an array of topics related to the scientific world. Past topics have included Martian meteorites, the search for alien planets, the United States National Gem Collection, New Mexico’s medicinal plants, and Birds of the Bosque de Apache, a wildlife refuge within New Mexico.
Address: 1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, Phone: 904-825-4602
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