The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce that the state’s eight museums (including this one) and seven of its historic sites will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2020. These facilities, which closed on March 16, 2020, may resume operation at 25% of normal capacity under the state’s current Public Health Order.
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Outreach & Museum-Based Programs
What exactly is a dinosaur anyway? What did they eat and how did they defend themselves? Join us as we explore fossils to understand what dinosaurs were and how they lived.
Students look for clues to help identify mixed up rock samples and then use their new skill to discover the source of a mystery geological sample.
What goes into making a rock? Explore the difference between rocks and minerals using “recipes” with different mineral ingredients which make up rocks.
Delve into the exciting science of osteology, the study of bones. Through exploration of mystery skulls, unique traits and characteristics of the animal which will be used for identification.
Sink your hands into soil to learn about its amazing function on our planet. Explore dirt from our ‘Worm Farm,’ conduct ‘Soil Tests’ you can take back to your playground, process with ‘Life in Soil Art,’ think through the ‘Soil is a Filter’ experiment. Songs and stories extend our learning.
Seeds hold the future of a plant inside. By creating ‘Seed Balls’ and ‘Newspaper Pots,’ students learn ways to start a new plant’s life. By ‘Planting Cool or Warm Season Seeds to Take Home’ we learn about different plants’ needs. ‘Flowers are Seed Factories’ explains germination. Process and expand through ‘Seed Art.’
Plants need animals! With a ‘Hunt for Flower Shapes’ (seasonal activity), we discover the ways plants attract different types of pollinators. We make ‘Insect Hotels’ to support the wildlife that supports plants. Songs and stories extend our learning.
Plants create their own food, making our planet unique. Sing the Photosynthesis song, and listen to a story. We make a leaf book to know its ‘Leaf Anatomy’ and where and how the food gets made. ‘How Plants Drink & Breathe’ experiments reveal plants’ processes.
What happens to apple cores, old lettuce, banana peels when we let them rot? They decay and decompose, making great compost! Compost added to soil makes healthier plants. Check out compost in boxes, take the compost's temperature, mix some greens and browns. Play the Compost Game, sing songs, hear stories.