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Young Explorers Summer Science Program 2015
New for summer 2015

    • Early Bird Registration! 15% discount until April 15.
    • Just Winging It: All About Birds for 2nd-4th graders
    • Mission Possible: Museum Quest, Jr. for 2nd-3rd graders
    • Mission Possible: Museum Quest for 4th-6th graders 
    • Prehistoric Preschool will have a summer sessions, Fridays and Saturdays in June and July!  Do go to the Prehistorice Preschool page for details.


June 8-12 Camps for K-8th grade

June 15-19 Camps for K-6th grade

June 22-26 Camps for K-4th grade

June 29-July3 -- NO CAMPS OFFERED

July 6-10 Camps for K-6th grade

July 13-17 Camps for K-6th grade

July 20-24 Camps for K-6th grade

July 27-31 -- NO CAMPS OFFERED

August 3-7 Camps for 1st-6th grade


Registration Policy


June 8-12

Space Detectives -for K - 1st grade in 2015-2016 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 remote control 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 16 children and are taught by two adult instructors and one aide.

Time: M-F, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $145 April 16-June 5
$123.25 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Space Explorers - for 2nd - 3rd grade in 2015-2016 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. Campers will build and launch a model rocket. Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors.

Time: M-F, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $290 April 16-June 5
$246.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Extraterrestrial Adventures - for 4th - 6th grade in 2015–2016 School Year
Extraterrestrial means coming from or existing outside the planet Earth, and our adventure will be to learn what’s out there! 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. Build and launch a model rocket. Hands-on activities, visits to space science locations, and a Planetarium show are included. Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors.

Time: M-F, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $290 April 16-June 5
$246.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Planetarium Producer - for 7th - 8th grade in 2015-2016 School Year
Have you ever wanted to manipulate the stars? This wildly popular planetarium based camp will allow students to prepare their own planetarium show! Campers will choose a topic, find information and images, and then program the planetarium projection system to produce their own out of this world show. Programs will be presented by campers in the museum’s planetarium on the last day of class.

Time: M-F, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $145 April 16-June 5
$123.25 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members


June 15-19

Dinosaur Detectives -for K - 1st grade in 2015-2016 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 16 children and are taught by two adult instructors and one aide.

Time: M-F, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $145 April 16-June 12$123.25 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Animal Art Around Us - for 2nd - 3rd grade in 2015-2016 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 the Rio Grande Nature Center 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.

Time: M-F, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $290 April 16-June 12
$246.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Mission Possible: Museum Quest - for 4th - 6th grade in 2015-2016 School Year
Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to complete the Museum Quest! This week you will investigate a different museum exhibit each day. Your quest will take you behind the scenes to the Geosciences collections where many ancient fossils are stored for research, exploring the surface of Mars, discovering the weird and wonderful wildlife of New Mexico, and touring the "Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution," a National Geographic Traveling Exhibition. Hands-on activities, a Planetarium show, and walking field trips are all a part of this new camp based in the museum. Each session is limited to 16 participants and is taught by one adult instructor and one aide. A second adult instructor will join the walking field trips.

Time: M-F, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $270 April 16-June 12
$229.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members


June 22-26

Nature Detectives -for K - 1st grade in 2015-2016 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 16 children and are taught by two adult instructors and one aide.

Time: M-F, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $145 April 16-June 19
$123.25 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Just Winging It: All About Birds - for 2nd - 4th grade in 2015-2016 School Year
Wing your way into the exciting world of ornithology as we explore birds, how they fly, what they eat, how they fit into the natural world around them… and so much more! Campers will explore "Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution," a National Geographic Traveling Exhibition. Explore being a field ornithologist during trips to area birding sites. Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors.

Time: M-F, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $290 April 16-June 19
$246.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members


June 29-July 3 – NO CAMPS OFFERED


July 6-10

Dinosaur Detectives -for K - 1st grade in 2015-2016 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 16 children and are taught by two adult instructors and one aide.

Time: M-F, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $145 April 16-July 3
$123.25 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Natural World Around Us - for 2nd - 3rd grade in 2015-2016 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, visits to the Museum’s exhibits, and a Planetarium show. Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors.

Time: M-F, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $290 April 16-July 3
$246.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Mission Possible: Museum Quest - for 4th - 6th grade in 2015-2016 School Year
Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to complete the Museum Quest! This week you will investigate a different museum exhibit each day. Your quest will take you behind the scenes to the Geosciences collections where many ancient fossils are stored for research, exploring the surface of Mars, discovering the weird and wonderful wildlife of New Mexico, and touring the "Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution," a National Geographic Traveling Exhibition. Hands-on activities, a Planetarium show, and walking field trips are all a part of this new camp based in the museum. Each session is limited to 16 participants and is taught by one adult instructor and one aide. A second adult instructor will join the walking field trips.

Time: M-F, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $270 April 16-July 3
$229.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members


July 13-17

Nature Detectives -for K - 1st grade in 2015-2016 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 16 children and are taught by two adult instructors and one aide.

Time: M-F, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $145 April 16-July 10
$123.25 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Mission Possible: Museum Quest, Jr. - for 2nd - 3rd grade in 2015-2016 School Year
Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to complete the Museum Quest! This week you will investigate a different museum exhibit each day. Your quest will take you behind the scenes to the Geosciences collections where many ancient fossils are stored for research, exploring the surface of Mars, discovering the weird and wonderful wildlife of New Mexico, and touring the "Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution," a National Geographic Traveling Exhibition. Hands-on activities, a Planetarium show, and walking field trips are all a part of this new camp based in the museum. Each session is limited to 16 participants and is taught by one adult instructor and one aide. A second adult instructor will join the walking field trips.

Time: M-F, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $270 April 16-July 10
$229.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Base Camp to Summit: SMNHC to Sandia Crest - for 4th - 6th grade in 2015-2016 School Year
***Important note, this camp meets at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest, just off of north 14. You must take your child to the center and pick them up there each day.***
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.

Time: M-F, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $290 April 16-July 10
$246.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members


July 20-24

Space Detectives -for K - 1st grade in 2015-2016 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 remote control 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 16 children and are taught by two adult instructors and one aide.

Time: M-F, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $145 April 16-July 17
$123.25 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Natural World Around Us - for 2nd - 3rd grade in 2015-2016 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, visits to the Museum’s exhibits, and a Planetarium show. Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors.

Time: M-F, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $290 April 16-July 17
$246.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Extraterrestrial Adventures - for 4th - 6th grade in 2015–2016 School Year
Extraterrestrial means coming from or existing outside the planet Earth, and our adventure will be to learn what’s out there! 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. Build and launch a model rocket. Hands-on activities, visits to space science locations, and a Planetarium show are included. Each session is limited to 13 participants and is taught by two adult instructors.

Time: M-F, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $290 April 16-July 17
$246.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members


July 27-31  – NO CAMPS OFFERED


August 3-7

Summer Science Sleuths, Jr. - for 1st - 2nd grade in 2015-2016 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 walking fieldtrips. Each session is limited to 16 participants and taught by two adult instructors.

Time: M-F, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $290 April 16-July 31
$246.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members

Summer Science Sleuths - for 3rd - 5th grade in 2015-2016 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 walking fieldtrips. Each session is limited to 16 participants and taught by two adult instructors.

Time: M-F, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $290 April 16-July 31
$246.50 early bird registration by April 15, a 15% discount!
Additional 10 % discount for museum members


YOU NEED TO KNOW

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 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.


REGISTRATION POLICY

Register on-line through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/17643

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.

Young Explorers' scholarships are available, contact: Turn on JavaScript! or call (505) 841-2861.

AFTER CARE

  • Aftercare will be available from 3:30-5:00pm for an additional fee of $50 per week.
  • Payment for aftercare must be paid by cash or check on the first day of camp at 8:00am.
  • Sign-up for aftercare is on the first day of camp at 8:00am only.
  • Enroll in person at NMMNH&S, do contact Heather McCurdy at Turn on JavaScript! to reserve a spot. 

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 $50 for half-day camps, and $100 for full day camps
  • Applicants must provide proof of need
  • Only a completed scholarship packet will be considered for award

Download the following  2015 Scholarship Application to begin your application.
 2015 Scholarsip Application (2.7 mb Word doc)
 

2015 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)

 

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