Camp registration starts on October 15, 2015 at 9am.

2015-2016 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 21, December 22, December 23, and December 28, December 29, December 30 and on January 4nd. No classes are available December 24th or 25th or January 1st-3rd.  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 21
New Mexico’s Dinosaurs!- What is the longest dinosaur ever found in New Mexico? Who is our most recent discovery? Learn all about the amazing and diverse dinosaurs that roamed our state so long ago!

December 22
Space Science!- Did you know Larry’s Lookout on Mars is named after our very own scientist, Dr.Larry Crumpler? Find out what he and the space crew have been doing on Mars lately. Blast off with us to explore the new discoveries from our favorite dwarf planet, Pluto!

December 23
New Mexico Animal Art!- Have you ever seen our state insect, the tarantula hawk wasp? Do you know how fast a roadrunner can run? Come explore our New Mexico creatures through art and observation!

December 28
Africa!- Did you know New Mexico was once a grassland and has a Rift Valley? Explore the amazing creatures of our own past and learn about contemporary African animals! Campers will enjoy our new Dynatheater show!

December 29
Arthropod Adventures!- What do lobsters, cockroaches, and centipedes all have in common? Join us for a day of exploring the exciting world of animals with multiple body parts, exoskeletons, and segmented legs and figuring out what makes an arthropod an arthropod. We will delve into the variety of shapes and sizes of these fascinating critters, the wide range of habitats and niches they fill, and explore the fascinating roles that these important critters play in the environment.

December 30
Volcanoes!- New Mexico could be called The Land of Volcanoes! We have at least one example of each of the different types of volcanoes! Make your very own volcano! Study the geology that makes our dynamic planet so wonderfully explosive!

January 4
Robots and Technology!- Come and watch our Dynatheater movie, Robots! We’ll explore the technology that is behind some of the current amazing robotic advancements! Are you ready? They’re coming!


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 Heather MacCurdy 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 
Online WINTER CAMP ticket sales stop Midnight, 12:00 am, the morning of the event. 
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.
2015-2016 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)