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Outreach & Museum-Based Programs

Museum educators bring hands-on and engaging natural history programs into your classroom or at our Museum classroom or Museum Garden. All programs align with New Mexico state science 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 are subject to Museum educator availability. There is a $30.00 fee per classroom program. Garden Classes at the Kiwanis Learning Garden have fee of $5 per student with 1 adult per 6 students.
To request a program or for more information contact Kelly White at 505-328-9439 or  

Creepy Crawlers

Explore ecosystems from the perspectives of the animals that live in them.  Vinegaroons, snakes, and turtles are a few of the animals that may be brought into the classroom that illustrate the roles of animals in a healthy ecosystem.
What exactly is a dinosaur anyway?  What did they eat and how did they defend themselves?  Join us as we explore fossils to understand what dinosaurs were and how they lived.
Rock Detective
Students look for clues to help identify mixed up rock samples and then use their new skill to discover the source of a mystery geological sample. 
Rock Chef
What goes into making a rock? Explore the difference between rocks and minerals using “recipes” with different mineral ingredients which make up rocks.
Delve into the exciting science of osteology, the study of bones.  Through exploration of mystery skulls, unique traits and characteristics of the animal which will be used for identification.
New Mexico is the land of volcanoes!  Learn about the different types of volcanoes, how they form, and where they are found in our state.
Garden Discovery - Outreach
Discover Soil 
Sink your hands into soil to learn about its amazing function on our planet. Explore dirt from 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. Songs and stories extend our learning.
Discover Seeds 
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
Plants need animals! With a ‘Hunt for Flower Shapes’ (seasonal activity), we discover the ways plants attract different types of pollinators. We make ‘Insect Hotels’ to support the wildlife that supports plants. Songs and stories extend our learning.
Discover Photosynthesis
Plants create their own food, making our planet unique. Sing the Photosynthesis song, and listen to a story. We make a leaf book to know its ‘Leaf Anatomy’ and where and how the food gets made.  ‘How Plants Drink & Breathe’ experiments reveal plants’ processes.
Discover Groundwater
Surface water vs. groundwater - what's the difference? Grow with Groundwater and make your own aquifer model to take home. Play a game about the water cycle in the Rio Grande Valley. Learn ways to get water out of the ground. What are ways we can help keep groundwater clean? Songs and stories extend our learning.

Discover Compost

What happens to apple cores, old lettuce, banana peels when we let them rot? They decay and decompose, making great compost! Compost added to soil makes healthier plants. Check out compost in boxes, take the compost's temperature, mix some greens and browns. Play the Compost Game, sing songs, hear stories.

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