For camp descriptions, schedules, coast and registration will be posted after October 15, 2015.

2014-2015 Young Explorers Winter Science Program

Become a New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science scientist for a day! Investigate Museum exhibits, examine our fossils and specimens, speak with our paleontologists, curators and scientists! Each day we will explore a different science topic utilizing all the expertise the Museum has to offer! Classes will meet from 9am-4pm. Aftercare is available from 4 pm-5:00pm for an additional fee. Classes are $75 each. 10% discount for Museum members for camp classes.

Daily full-day camps for children Kindergarten through 5th grade. Camp days are December 22, December 23, December 26, and December 29, December 30 and on January 2nd. No classes are available December 24th or 25th or January 1st.  Each day is sold individually. After care available for an additional fee.

Each day's session is a stand-alone science camp. Sign up for one session, more than one, or for all of them.


December 22, 2014 -- For the Birds: Flight, feet, and feathers. 
Join us as we explore birds, how they fly, what they eat, and how they fit into the natural world around them.

December 23, 2014 -- Scratch Programming in the Physical World!
Combine the digital and physical using the Scratch programming language and Arduino microcontroller.  Participants will make LEDs dance to music. (Class size limit is 10, due to computer availability)

December 26, 2014 -- Poops and Prints - Animals can hide forever, but they always leave traces!
Scat in the snow? Tracks in the mud? Don your naturalist hat and become an animal sleuth as we ferret out clues for the existence of hidden critters of ALL kinds around us.

December 29, 2014 -- Paleoforensics: Dinosaur PI.  
Don your sleuthing hat and use your investigating skills to explore the world of dinosaurs and how scientists discover and decipher clues to the past.

December 30, 2014 -- Planet Camp - Be a planetary geologist.
Explore some of the planets and moons of our Solar System using the Museum Space Science exhibits. Learn about Mars volcanoes, Venus clouds, and craters on the Moon. 

January 2, 2015 -- Draw What You See: Blending Art and Science
Spend the day interpreting scientific specimens through different artistic media including journals, clay, painting, drawing, model building… and so much more.


After care is from 4pm - 5pm costs $10 per child.  Before and aftercare can be paid by check or cash at the time of pick-up. There is no member discount for aftercare program.  Contact Tina Hansen at Turn on JavaScript!.

Safety is our primary concern for both our teachers and your campers. We will follow Museum protocol in regards to weather related closure or delays. In the event of Museum closure or delay, make-up classes will be offered if possible and at the sole discretion of Museum personnel. Please call the Museum Weather Number at 841-2800 option 8 for delays and closures.

All campers must be picked-up by 4:00 PM. Campers still at the Winter Science Program after 4:10 PM will automatically be enrolled in our aftercare program. Payment for aftercare must be made by cash or check at time of camper pick-up.
-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.
-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. Campers must wear appropriate clothing and shoes for active learning.
-The minimum number of participants for a class is 6.
Preregistration is required at 
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 50% 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. 2012 form's are current and correct.
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)