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Outreach & Museum-Based Programs

Museum educators bring natural history presentations into your classroom or at our Museum classroom or Museum Garden. All programs align with New Mexico education standards and we customize the program to fit your grade-level and curriculum. These programs are available within 4-to-6 weeks of request and based-on museum educator availability. There is a $20.00 fee per classroom activity for Outreach. Outreach Classes are limited to 20 students. Garden Classes at the Kiwanis Learning Garden have fee of $5 per student with 1 adult per 6 students.

Contact Amanda Hauer at 505- 841-2872 or for more information or to make a reservation.  

Creepy Crawlers

Vinegaroons, snakes and toads are a few animals brought into the classroom that teach the importance of even the “Ickiest” animals in a healthy ecosystem. The aim of the program is for students to be aware and respectful for even the ugliest creatures around us.


What is as dinosaur anyway? This program introduces dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals to the classrooms and focus on what dinosaurs were, when and how they lived.

Rock Detective

Students have a chance to look for clues to help identify mixed up rock samples, and then use their new skills to help discover the source of a mystery sample.

Rock Chef

What goes into making a rock? This program explores the difference between rocks and minerals using “recipes” with different mineral ingredients to make rocks.


Students are given a mystery skull, and then try to identify the maker by studying its characteristics. Vocabulary used to describe structures of the skull is developed as students are asked to give a short presentation using words learned over the course of the program.


Garden at the Museum
Discover Soil
 – February and November

Sink your hands into soil to learn about its amazing function on our planet. Explore 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.

Discover Plant Anatomy – March and October
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.’

Discover Pollination– April and September
Plants need animals! We make ‘Insect Hotels,’ ‘Paint a Water Dish,’ ‘Make Bird Feeders’ to support the wildlife that supports plants. With a ‘Hunt for Flower Shapes’ (seasonal activity), we discover the ways plants attract different types of pollinators.

Discover Photosynthesis– May and August
Plants create their own food, making our planet unique. We make a leaf to know its ‘Leaf Anatomy’ and where and how the food gets made.  ‘How Plants Drink & Breathe’ experiments reveal plants’ processes. ‘Wind Power’ tunes us in to air, and helps us understand the windmill in the garden.  ‘Watering with Ollas’ shows ways we can reuse plastic containers to help get water to the roots.

Discover Garden Practices – vary by month
Spend your garden time in the acts that keep plants healthy and thriving: ‘Composting,’ ‘Mulching,’ ‘Watering.’ Begin your ‘Garden Notebook’ with observations on plant size and bug life. Experience our ‘Herb Garden’ with all your senses. Use ‘Soil Tests’ on our soil, to learn how to test your own.

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