Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

Registration Coming Soon for 2019 Young Explorers Summer Camp

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

March 19, 2019


(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- Summer is just around the corner. Do you have a plan to keep your children busy and engaged this summer? When the kids are off school keep the learning going by signing them up for one of the week-long Young Explorers Summer Camps at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. The camps start June 16 and run through August 9, 2019. All camps are for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th.

"This is the 35th year that the museum has offered well-crafted Summer Camp modules that each offer something engaging and educational,” said Museum Executive Director Margie Marino. “This year we have Brain Teaser classes — which  support our traveling exhibition  Brain: The Inside Story which runs through June 23. The kids can take a class with topics that range from dinosaurs to space.“

Camps offered for grades K-5th

Aftercare available every day from 4-5 p.m. for $10/day

Kindergarteners must have experience in full-day classes before attending.

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

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science reserves the right to cancel camps that do not reach a minimum of six participants. A full refund will be given if a camp is canceled for this reason.

For more information about camps and financial support, contact Deb Novak, 841-2836


June 17 – 21


Think your way through this fun filled week. Put your thinking cap on and join us as we use our brains to delve into the brain through mind bending games, puzzles and much, much more. We will be spending time in our Brain: the inside story exhibit, closing after this week!


Gee, Brain, what do you want to do today? The same thing we do every day: try to uncover the mysteries of the mind! Join us on an adventure into the inner workings of the brain as we explore its anatomy, how to make it stronger, and how it’s wired. Explore Brain: the inside story exhibit from start to finish.


June 24 – 28


What does a pigeon have in common with a T. rex? They’re both dinosaurs! Don your paleontologist’s hat and join us as we travel into the past to understand what makes a dino, a dino, and explore the environments they lived in! Campers get to enjoy behind the scenes experiences and ‘Museum Alive’ Dynatheater show.


Be a paleontologist for the week! Dig in to the world of the past and learn all about life that lived alongside the dinosaurs. Explore Museum collections, make fossils, and discover all about life in ancient New Mexico. Campers get to enjoy behind the scenes experiences and ‘Museum Alive’ Dynatheater show.


July 8-12


Get inspired to be a scientific artist. Come create with us as we bridge the gap between art and science through doodling, sketching, sculpting and other creative techniques. Explore the wide variety of artworks from explosive metal art, to murals to the full size phytosaur throughout the museum.


What do science, technology, engineering, and math have in common? They all help us understand the world around us! Get inspired by scientists through history and today and join us for a fascinating week of hands on exploring, experimenting, and creating in the setting of a natural history museum!


July 15 – 19


Blast off on a celestial adventure through the solar system and beyond! We will explore the huge variety of celestial objects, space flight and so much more. Campers will enjoy all that the Museum has to offer including the planetarium!


Planets and stars and meteorites, oh my! Become a space explorer and investigate the solar system and Milky Way Galaxy through exciting activities and planetarium shows. Join us as we explore the wide array of celestial objects and how amazing our universe is! Campers will enjoy Museum exhibits, engage with scientists, and experience Planetarium shows.


July 22 – 26


Calling all young hydrologists! Join us are we explore the physical properties of water, and the fascinating ways that water is important. Be prepared to get wet as we play with this wonderful liquid. Dive into in weather, nature, plants, and even your own body!


What does space and deep sea exploration have in common? Both are extreme environments that take special equipment to see and when possible- explore in person. We will dive deep and go out of this world learning about the history of ocean and space travel and imagine what the future of both might hold.


July 29 – August 2


Join us as we explore what makes a volcano a volcano, and delve into the huge varieties of volcanoes found in New Mexico and in outer space on other planets. We will explore the geology of volcanoes through hands on activities and Museum exhibits about volcanoes. Campers will enjoy the Volcano 3D movie AND a field trip to the Albuquerque volcanoes!


Animals can hide forever, but they always leave traces! Scat in the dirt? Tracks in the mud? Become an animal sleuth as we ferret out clues about the lives of animals that we share our state with and the environments they call home. We will visit local natural places to explore that amazing world that is outside.


August 5 – 9


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.


About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year’s day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at



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