New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

Young Explorers: Winter Camps for School Age Students at Museum of Natural History & Science

October 18, 2018


(Albuquerque, NM) – When the kids are off school for the holiday break, keep the learning going by signing them up for one of the day-long Young Explorers Winter Camps at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. The camps start December 26 and run through January 4. All camps are for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th.

“There is something engaging and educational offered in each one of these well-crafted Winter Camp modules,” said the Museum Executive Director Margie Marino. “This year we have classes in Grey Matter – what’s going on inside your brain, and Brain Games —in anticipation of next year’s, The Brain: The Inside Story exhibition opening in February. The kids can take a class with topics that range from dinosaurs to space.“

The Winter Camps run from 9:00AM-4:00PM. There is a day care option also for students until 5:00PM. Price per camp (per day): $85. There’s a 10 percent discount for Museum Foundation members.

December 26

Dinosaurs Detectives - What makes a T. rex a dinosaur? Don your paleontologist hat and join us as we travel into the past to understand what makes a dino a dino! We’ll explore what dinosaurs ate, how the defended themselves and what we think they looked like!

Water in Winter - Explore the many facets of water during a chilly winter’s day. Do all snowflakes look alike? How do pond animals survive through the winter? Join us as we explore the physical properties of water, how winter weather affects water in nature and so much more!

December 27

Color and Clay -Spend a day learning about what makes color in clay bodies, in slips, in glazes. Explore how light and minerals create color. We will create our own tile color wheels through mixing blue, red, yellow glazes, play with marbleizing, and use different colored clays in our pieces.

New Mexico Naturalists - Animals can hide forever, but they always leave traces! Scat in the snow? Tracks in the mud? Become an animal sleuth, ferret out clues for the existence of hidden critters of ALL kinds around us.

December 28

Adventures in Space -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. 

Grey Matters - 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, biology, and how it’s wired.

January 2

Space Capers - Planets and stars and meteorites, oh my! Become a space explorer and investigate the solar system and Milky Way Galaxy with exciting activities and planetarium shows.

Brain Games -Think your way through this fun filled day. 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.

January 3

Prehistoric Paleontology - Be a paleontologist for the day! Dig into the museum collections, make fossils, and learn about the dinosaurs and prehistoric animals of ancient New Mexico.

STEM Girls – Calling all female nature nerds, science geeks, tech heads and engineering buffs! Get inspired by female scientists throughout history and join us for a fun filled day of exploring science, technology, engineering and math in the setting of a natural history museum!

January 4

Sci-Art  - Get inspired to be a scientific artist. Grab your microscope and your easel and delve into science through the lens of art. Come create with us as we bridge the gap between art and science through doodling, sketching, sculpting and other creative techniques.

Volcano Explorers - Be a geologist for the day- take a walk inside the volcano! Come explore and learn why New Mexico is nicknamed the “Volcano State” with scientists at the museum. We’ll explore the volcanoes on Earth and in outer space on planets like Mars and Venus.

Kindergarteners must have experience in full-day classes before attending. More information about Young Explorers Winter Camps and registration links can be found at:

To inquire regarding any camp questions or scholarship availability, contact Deb Novak  505-841-2836


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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Children enjoy the NM Museum of Natural History and Science Winter Camp Programs Photos: Caitlin Jenkins.
Children enjoy the NM Museum of Natural History and Science Winter Camp Programs Photos: Caitlin Jenkins.
Children enjoy the NM Museum of Natural History and Science Winter Camp Programs Photos: Caitlin Jenkins.
Children enjoy the NM Museum of Natural History and Science Winter Camp Programs Photos: Caitlin Jenkins.

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