2014 Young Explorers Spring Break
Science Program

Experience Museum exhibits and Museum specimens with staff scientists and artists. Explore how and why animals look and live the way they do with studio time and outdoor explorations. Make animal art with reusable materials including collage & printmaking, sculpting with bottlecaps and clay, and sketching and watercolors.
We will be offering two classes:
Class #1 for grades K-2nd
Class #2 for grades 3rd-5th
Each day we will explore a different science topic utilizing all the expertise the Museum has to offer! Classes are for kindergarten through 5th grade junior scientists!
Classes will meet from 9am-4pm, with lunch around 11:30am-12:15pm. Choose a one day class or purchase 2 or 3 classes together! Each class is $65. Come for all 5 and get a discount! 10% discount for Museum members. Bring your own lunch.

Choose your favorite type of animal and make art and do science all day!
Come for one day, several days, or the entire week! 
Monday, April 14th—Mammal Mayhem
What makes a mammal a mammal? We will learn about muscles, skeletons and hair coverings as we sketch and mold mammals in clay! Get inspired by the Grasslands murals! We will explore ancient and modern mammals and make our own mural with collage and mixed media. Kids can choose from different art media and science stations throughout the day. And more!
Tuesday, April 15th—Herp Hoopla
What makes a reptile a reptile? Amphibians and reptiles have different skin texture and colorings!  We will learn about pattern from these experts at camouflage, and explore different art materials to express the live animals from our Naturalist Center. Kids can choose from different art media and science stations throughout the day. And more!
Wednesday, April 16th—Arthropod Antics
 What makes an insect an insect?  Insects, spiders and crabs are "joint-footed" with outer exoskeletons! We will learn about arthropod body parts with mirrors that show matching sides called symmetry. We will search outside for where the bugs are and find creative ways to express their shapes and lifestyles through art! Kids can choose from different art media and science stations throughout the day. And more!
Thursday, April 17th—Bird Bonanza
 What makes a bird a bird? Wings, bills and bird feet are fun to draw! Eggs are fun to paint, too! Build a bird in sculpture to understand its special parts! Make a feather pen to sketch birds in their habitat outdoors. Kids can choose from different art media and science stations throughout the day. And more!
Friday, April 18th—Fossil Fandango
Fossils tell us about life in the past We will make fossils and skeletons with different materials and watch how the experts create fossil casts.  Imagine the habitats where long ago creatures lived through painting and collage. Kids can choose from different art media and science stations throughout the day. And more!

     -Our camp instructors are teachers or scientists. They have all completed first aid and CPR. All instructors submit to a background check before teaching camp.
  • All campers must be picked-up by 4:00 PM.
  • Please note that Museum staff cannot take responsibility for dispensing prescription or over-the-counter medications. 
  • Campers are required to provide their own lunch, snack, and drink. Day campers must wear appropriate clothing and shoes for active learning.
  • The minimum number of participants for a class is 6.
Purchase in advance, Space is limited. Adults only. Limited to 12 participants, to guarantee admission for our Field Trips you must registar in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets
Please do note that we have returned to using Brown Paper Tickets for registration and enrollment for our classes.   Thank you.
Cancellations made within seven days before the program are subject to forfeiture of the full payment. Cancellations made prior to seven days before the program are subject to a 20% handling fee. A waiting list will be maintained for each session that is full; no deposit is required. People on the waiting list will be notified in sequential order. Full refund will be given if the session is canceled by the Museum due to low enrollment. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science reserves the right to cancel any event that does not reach a minimum of 6 participants. 
2014 Young Explorer Required Waivers and Forms
Need for participation in class, print up,fill out and bring to first day of your class.
Video & Photo Waiver (861 KB PDF)
2012 Consent for a Minor Participation Form (2.92 MB PDF)
2012 Heath History Form   (3.43 MB PDF)


Purchase in advance and guarantee your space at:
For questions or more information, please contact:
Programs Registrar
(505) 841-2861
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