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 2014 Instrustor Biographies

2014 Young Explorers Summer

Science Program

 

**NEW** for 2014  

 
New Camps for summer 2014-
  •   Space Detectives K-1st
  •  Space Explorers 2nd-3rd
  •   Space Adventures 4th-6th
  •  Animal Art Around Us 2nd-3rd
  •  Aqua Art Adventures 4th-6th
  •  Aqua Adventures 4th-6th
  •  Planetarium Producer  6th-8th
    — Aftercare will be available from 3:30-5:00pm for an additional fee of $50 per week
 
 

Half-Day Museum Programs  

Planetarium Producer
(Entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in 2014-2015 School Year)
Have you ever wanted to manipulate the stars?  This brand new, planetarium based camp will allow students to prepare their own images and information, then program the planetarium projection system to produce their own out of this world show.  Programs will be presented to family members on the last day of class.

Cost: $140 (10% discount for Museum members)
Time: 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dates: June 9-13, entering 6th-8th

Space Detectives
(Entering Kindergarten or 1st grade in 2014-2015 School Year)
How many planets are in our solar system?  Did you know our sun is our closest star?  We will blast off into deep space during a planetarium show and explore sunspots as they happen at our observatory.  Campers will have an opportunity to drive a Mars rover and create their own egg-drop Mars lander.  Activities include art projects, games, stories, investigating real specimens from the Museum’s collections, and visits to the Museum’s exhibits. Classes are limited to 15 children and are taught by two adult instructors and one aide.

Cost: $140 (10% discount for Museum members)
Time: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dates: June 2-6, entering K-1st

Dinosaur Detectives
(Entering Kindergarten or 1st Grade in 2014–2015 School Year)
Become a junior paleontologist and time travel through New Mexico’s Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras seeking prehistoric animals. Discover how paleontologists use detective skills and trek through Triassic and Jurassic forests, cross Cretaceous seas, and traverse Tertiary grasslands in search of answers. Activities include art projects, games, stories, investigating real specimens from the Museum’s collections, and visits to the Museum’s exhibits.  Classes are limited to 15 children and are taught by two adult instructors and one aide.
Cost: $140 (10% discount for Museum members)
Time: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dates: June 9-13, entering K-1st
           July 14-18, entering K-1st
           July 21-25, entering K-1st

Nature Detectives
(Entering Kindergarten or 1st grade in 2014–2015 School Year)
Investigate nature as a naturalist and explore the amazing diversity of New Mexico’s habitats. Spend the week learning about the animals, plants, and rocks of our mountains, grasslands, deserts, and rivers. Learn to use basic scientific tools and enhance observation and identification skills. Activities include art projects, songs, games, stories, investigating real specimens from the Museum’s collections, and visits to the Museum’s exhibits.  Classes are limited to 15 children and are taught by two adult instructors and one aide.
Cost: $140 (10% discount for Museum members)
Time: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dates: July 28-August 1

 


Full-Day Program at Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (SMNHC)

Base Camp to Summit: SMNHC to Sandia Crest
(Entering 4th, 5th, or 6th Grade in 2014–2015 School Year)

How is Base camp different from the Summit? Get ready to explore the Sandia Mountain ecosystem from Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (SMNHC) base camp. Campers will learn about the Sandia Mountains: their geology, plants, and animals. Your explorations will include hikes, hands-on science activities, crafts, games, stories, and field trips. Campers will visit Sandia Crest and the NM Museum of Natural History & Science. Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors. Field trip transportation is included.
Cost: $285 (10% discount for Museum members)
Time: Weekdays, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Dates: July 14-1
Note – No aftercare available at this location

Full-Day Field and Museum Programs

 
Space Explorers
(Entering 2nd or 3rd Grade in the 2014-2015 School Year)
Did you know our rovers have been exploring Mars for ten years?  Did you know our Museum has its very own Mars explorer expert?  Campers will experiment, study, and explore space with hands-on activities, crafts, games and field trips.  Campers will visit the Albuquerque Volcanoes to compare our New Mexico landscape with Mars and meet with experts in their fields.  Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors. Field trip transportation is included.
Cost: $285 (10% discount for Museum members)
Time: Weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dates: June 2-6


Animal Art Around Us
 (Entering 2nd or 3rd Grade in the 2014-2015 School Year)
Have you ever run your fingers across the mosaics on a lizard’s skin or seen up-close the gold in a toad’s eye?  The Whiptail Lizard and the Spadefoot Toad are just two of seven state animals you will be investigating with almost all your senses.  Your research will take you around the museum, to the BioPark, and to Tingley Beach where experts will point out fascinating facts about the creatures that share the same land and water you do.  Back in the museum classroom, you will sculpt, paint and draw some of those slithering, splashing, or sauntering specimens you so skillfully studied. Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors. Field trip transportation is included.
Cost: $285 (10% discount for Museum members)
Time: Weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dates: June 9-13

Aqua Art Adevntures
(Entering 4th, 5th, or 6th Grade in 2014–2015 School Year)
Mighty Minnows: Discovering Courageous Creatures and Colors of the Rio Grande
Water in the desert - where does it come from? Understand our watershed by drawing and painting our river and its inhabitants. Learn why the Silvery Minnow is endangered and observe them at the Refugium! What color is a minnow? How do minnows help the river? Make a diorama of the river showing minnow life. Meet a Painter of Wild Fish. Your explorations will include visits to the river and to one of its tributaries, hands-on science activities, sketching with pencil, pen & ink and watercolor in your own nature journal, and hunts to find where water is depicted in art in the Museum’s exhibits. Dynatheater show is included. Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors. Field trip transportation is included.
Cost: $285 (10% discount for Museum members)  To receive a 20% discount enter FACEBOOK on Brown Paper Tickets asks “Enter a Password or Discount Code”. This discount is only available for Aqua Adventures (7/21-7/25) and Aqua Art Adventures (7/28-8/1). Time: Weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dates: July 21-25

Weather and Climate Adventures
(Entering 4th, 5th, or 6th Grade in 2014–2015 School Year)
Forecasting weather, fact or fiction? Make your own weather station. Visit the Albuquerque NOAA weather center. Explore the where, why, and how of extreme weather, tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, and more. Discover New Mexico’s past climates by examining the fossil record. Visit the different life zones of the Albuquerque area and compare the Rio Grande valley to the Sandia Crest. Your explorations will include hands-on science activities, crafts, stories, and visits to the Museum’s exhibits. Planetarium show is included. Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors. Field trip transportation is included.
Cost: $285 (10% discount for Museum members)
Time: Weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dates: June 9-13

Natural World Around Us
(Entering 2nd or 3rd Grade in 2014–2015 School Year)
Explore the natural world of the Albuquerque area. Investigate volcanoes, sand dunes, rivers, and mountains. Mornings are in the field hiking and discovering these unique habitats. Afternoons are in the Museum for related hands-on science activities, crafts, stories, and visits to the Museum’s exhibits and watch our latest DynaTheater film. Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors. Field trip transportation is included.
Cost: $285 (10% discount for Museum members)
Time: Weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dates: July 14-18
             July 21-25
             July 28-August 1
 

Aqua Adventures
(Entering 4th, 5th, or 6th Grade in 2014-2015 School Year)
Become a citizen scientist participating in real ecosystem monitoring around the Albuquerque area. Assess biological diversity, measure water quality, test ambient air and soil temperature, and determine soil and rock type using scientific field equipment. Learn how to use the Museum as a scientific resource during visits to our exhibits and research collections; watch our latest DynaTheater film. Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors. Field trip transportation is included.
Cost: $285 (10% discount for Museum members)To receive a 20% discount enter FACEBOOK on Brown Paper Tickets asks “Enter a Password or Discount Code”. This discount is only available for Aqua Adventures (7/21-7/25) and Aqua Art Adventures (7/28-8/1).
Time: Weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dates: July 28-August 1

 
 

Full-Day Museum Programs

Space Adventures
(Entering 4th - 6th grade in the 2014–2015 School Year)
Learn about our neighboring planets and the stars.  Explore Mars, Venus and our Moon with our Museum experts. Take a close-up look at an asteroid.  Learn the constellations and what is beyond our Milky Way Galaxy. Spend 1/2 of the day studying the planets and 1/2 of the day discovering the stars. Hands-on activities, visits to space science locations, and a Planetarium show are included.  Each session is limited to 13 campers.
Cost: $285 (10% discount for Museum members)
Time: Weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dates: June 2-6

Summer Science Sleuths, Jr.
& Summer Science Sleuths
(Entering 1st -2nd Grade OR 3rd – 5th grade in the 2014–2015 School Year)
Investigate Museum exhibits, examine our fossils and specimens, and speak with our experts!  Activities include hands on science, art projects, songs, games, stories, investigating real specimens from the Museum’s collections, and visits to the Museum’s exhibits. Watch a Dynatheater film and a Planetarium show. Campers will spend time exploring the outdoors and will enjoy fieldtrips.   Field trip transportation is included.
Each session is limited to 13 participants and taught by two adult instructors.
Cost: $285 (10% discount for Museum members)
Times: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm
Dates: August 4-8
 


YOU NEED TO KNOW

Our camp instructors are teachers or scientists.  They have all completed first aid, CPR, defensive driving, and van driving courses. All instructors submit to a background check before teaching camp. Full-day camps are taught by two trained instructors. Half-day camps are taught by two trained instructors and an aide. 
 
These classes are scheduled rain or shine. The minimum number of participants for a class is 6. Please note that the Museum staff (including instructors, aides and all other staff) cannot take responsibility for dispensing prescription or over-the-counter medications. Campers are required to provide their own lunch for full-day programs (unless otherwise noted for overnight camping) and a snack and drink for half-day programs. Field trips require a daypack with lunch, water bottle, hat and sunscreen as well as any other necessary items noted in the registration confirmation letter. Campers must wear shoes appropriate for field trips, no open-toed shoes such as sandals.
 
To attend the field camps:
  • Campers must be able to walk 1 mile on a hiking trail in the summer.
  • Campers must follow instructors’ rules for safety at all times.

 

REGISTRATION POLICY

  • 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.
  • Online sales will end 7 days before the first day of a specific camp, if you choose to cancel after online registration has closed you will be refunded 50% of the camp cost. 
  • In-person sales will only occur during the week before a specific camp starts.  If space is available.  Come to the museum Monday-Friday 9am-4pm the week before the camp you wish to register.  If you choose to cancel your in-house registration  you will be refunded 50% of the camp cost.
  • Camps may be available for purchase at the Museum when online sales have ended. Please call 505 841-2861 or email Turn on JavaScript! to inquire into camp availability.
  • Cancellations less than 7 days before a specific camp begins will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. 

 

SCHOLARSHIP POLICY

  • One scholarship per house hold will be accepted
  • Scholarships are need-based
  • Preference will be given to groups under-represented in the sciences
  • Scholarships will be offered :   Pay $25 for half-day camps, and $50 for full day camps
  • Applicants will submit a short description of circumstances and provide proof of need
  • 1 scholarship per student per summer
 
Download the following 2014 Scholarship Application to begin your application.
2014 Scholarship Application (2.7 mb Word doc)
 
 
 
2014 Young Explorer Required Waivers and Forms
Need for participation in class, print up,fill out and bring to first day of class. (2012 forms are current)
Video & Photo Waiver (861 KB PDF)
2012 Consent for a Minor Participation Form (2.92 MB PDF)
2012 Heath History Form (3.43 MBPDF)

 

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For questions or more information, please contact:
Programs Registrar
(505) 841-2861
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