Zircons are minerals that typically exist as tiny crystals in rocks. They have, however, a big story to tell. A few zircon crystals have been found that are the oldest Earth materials ever discovered, and they reveal clues about periods of geological time for which there is no direct evidence. Almost entirely as a result of studies of zircons, scientists are developing new hypotheses of what Earth's first 500 million years may have been like. Travel to a remote island off Greenland's coast and a zircon-making lab in New York State to learn how geologists are recovering and understanding these time capsules.
The American Museum of Natural History offers a variety of experiences and opportunities for teens. From internships and research opportunities to courses and exposure to new technologies, there are offerings to suit a range of interests.
The Discovery Room offers families, and especially children ages 5-12, an interactive gateway to the wonders of the Museum and a hands-on, behind-the scenes look at its science.
Student Programs, Classes, Seminars, and Workshops
Courses for NYC high school students interested in the sciences.
The Middle School Institutes (MSI) program introduces children from Grades 6 - 8 to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations, interactive tours of Museum exhibits and the use of digital programs and skill building.
A one week long course for high school students introducing the research at the Museum, as well as the science on display in the halls and the special exhibitions.
After-Hours Program, Programs and Events, Lecture
On the first Wednesday of every month, this popular after-hours series brings cocktails and conversation to the Museum.
Programs and Events
After-hours Astronomy and Astrophysics lectures and programs.
Celebrate Culture! is a family-friendly series of day-long programs about contemporary cultures from around the world.
The LeFrak Class of the Month Essay Contest provides teachers of 3-12 NYC students with the opportunity to align a Museum learning experience with Common Core State Standards by submitting essays about their Museum visit to the LeFrak Family Gallery.
A unique and challenging summer employment experience for young adults ages 18-21.
Student Programs, Internship
Interact with Museum visitors as a high-school intern in the exhibition halls.
In-depth scientific research training for high school students.
A unique 3-year science enrichment program designed for middle school students interested in learning about a wide variety of scientific topics through hands on investigations.
7-year program of hands-on science exploration and behind-the-scenes adventure for middle and high school students in New York City.
Family Program, Programs and Events, Hands-on Activity, Science
Step into the state-of-the-art Sackler Educational Laboratory, located in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, every Saturday and Sunday, for hands-on activities led by scientists.
Programs and Events
This weekend afternoon series give visitors a chance to interact with scientists, discover amazing creatures, and celebrate science under the iconic blue whale.
Programs and Events
AMNH’s newest education program, BridgeUp: STEM is focused on the intersection of computer science and science.
Area high school students are invited to explore their future and speak with representatives from many different colleges!
Unique programs and events on scientific and cultural topics that range from the fossil-hunting to climate change.
Programs and Events, Lecture
Fascinating lectures, debates, and programs on scientific and cultural topics that range from the fossil-hunting to climate change.
Learn from experts in their fields—from animal drawing and diorama making to neuroscience and climate change—both online and at the Museum!
Observe the vibrant migration of birds in Central Park and other nature walks hosted by the Museum.
Science Bulletins, Essay
Launched on December 14, 2009, the WISE space telescope is helping scientists create a Digital Universe 3-D Atlas. Take a look at WISE and the data it is capturing.
High school ecology curriculum that uses real scientific data to link everyday human impacts to ecological principles.
Climb aboard this virtual expedition along an unknown stretch of the Pacific Ocean's Juan de Fuca Ridge to see if you can find a deep sea vent.