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Young Explorers Camp Programs

Each Camp is:

· All camps are for children ages 5-12 

· Campers may be divided through the day into groups based on age,

manual dexterity, knowledge or interest. 

· Before care will be available from 7:30-8:30 every morning for $10/day 

· Aftercare will be available from 4:00pm to 5:00pm every day for $10/day 

· 5 year old must have experience in full-day classes before attending.

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Young Explorers Summer Camp 2020

(June 1-5) 

Dino Detectives

What does a pigeon have in common with a T. rex?  They’re both dinosaurs! What makes a dino, a dino? Dig into the world of the past and learn all about beings that lived alongside the dinosaurs here in New Mexico. Campers can enjoy museum galleries, behind the scenes experiences and the new Dyna-Theater movie – Dinosaurs of Antarctica.


(June 8-12)

Space Explorers

Blast off on a celestial adventure through the solar system and beyond! We will investigate the Milky Way Galaxy through exciting activities, space flight history and more. Discover how amazing our universe is! Campers will explore the Space Science wing, go behind the scenes with planetary scientists and visit the Planetarium!


(June 15-19)

Artists in Residence

Come create with us as we bridge the gap between art and science through doodling, sketching, sculpting and other creative techniques. Some materials used in art can be found floating in our oceans and others come from the earth. We will watch Hidden Pacific in our Dyna-Theater to find the link between ocean currents and art! We will explore the wide variety of artworks found throughout the museum -from explosive metal art, to murals to a full size phytosaur.


(June 22-26)


What happens when you mix together a little science, add in some technology, pepper in a helping of engineering, and sprinkle a bit of math into one person? A STEM-ineer appears! Our STEM-ineers will focus on exploring how all these subjects often work together. Get inspired by scientists and investigate, experiment, and create in the setting of a natural history museum.


(June 29- July 3)

Volcanic Voyagers

Join us as we explore what makes a volcano a volcano! Delve into the huge varieties of volcanoes found in New Mexico and in outer space on other planets. We will learn about the geology of volcanoes through hands on activities and Museum exhibits about volcanoes. Campers will enjoy all that the Museum has to offer including the Dyna-Theater show How Earth Works!


(July 6-10)

Tiny Titans – (Baby Dinos)

Even the biggest dinosaur started out as an itty-bitty egg. Campers will enjoy an in-depth exploration of our newest exhibit Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies. This exhibit explores egg finds worldwide and also includes New Mexico specimens. Tiny Titans will be complemented by behind the scenes tours, meeting a paleontologist and viewing Dinosaurs of Antarctica in our Dyna-Theater.


(July 13-17)

Bugging Out

Spend a week among scorpions, spiders, bees and other arthropods. We will count insects in the Kiwanis Learning Garden and observe live animal behaviors in the Naturalist Center. Millions of years ago these creatures made tracks just like the dinosaurs. Come along as we find out what is going on with bugs in New Mexico?


(July 20-24)

Ice Age Investigators

Who came after the dinosaurs? Mammoths, saber-tooth cats, and mastodons, oh my! Join us as we explore the Ice Age in New Mexico and beyond! Why were wooly mammoths wooly and did they live here? Get inspired by creatures that survived in freezing temperatures. Learn about ice age finds from a paleontologist, touch real specimens and go behind the scenes in our geological collections.


(July 27-31)

Marvelous Minerals

Do you love gems, minerals, crystals, and caves? If you want to learn all there is to know about the very earth that surrounds us, come along as we walk on the exciting world of geology! Campers will experience the Mineral cases, Naturalist Center and behind the scenes specimens and the Dyna-Theater show How Earth Works!


(August 3-7)

Summer Science Sleuths

Are you curious about everything? From dinosaurs and gardens, to the outer reaches of space, to the deepest, darkest oceans, and our local animal friends? Join us for a week of fun and scientific exploration into nature’s biggest mysteries. Behind the scenes Museum tours, DynaTheater movies and Planetarium shows make each day a unique wonder.


Price per camp (per week): $300.00 (Members: $270.00) 

For more information about camps and financial support, contact Sioux Rivera, 258-8641. 

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science reserves the right to cancel camps that do not reach a minimum of eight participants. Notifications would be given a minimum of two weeks before a camp start date. Full refunds or a different camp if the museum cancels.




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