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 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.
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.
Courses for NYC high school students interested in the sciences.
Programs and Events
After-hours lectures and programs for the Museum's Hayden Planetarium Theater
Drawing inspiration from contemporary cultures around the world, these exciting, after-hours and day-long programs feature live performances, food tastings, and hands-on activities.
After-Hours Program, Lecture
Informal evenings of cocktails and conversation about cutting-edge science topics with experts from the field.
The LeFrak Class of the Month Essay Contest provides teachers of K-8 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.
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.
Learn more about the 2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival.
7-year program of hands-on science exploration and behind-the-scenes adventure for middle and high school students in New York City.
In-depth scientific research training for high school students.
Programs and Events
AMNH’s newest education program, BridgeUp: STEM is focused on the intersection of computer science and science.
Interact with Museum visitors as a high-school intern in the exhibition halls.
Teaching Volunteers are available in various halls to enhance a school group's understanding of hall content.
Live, online seminars with scientists that explore data visualizations about global change.
Grades 8-12: Middle and high school laboratory experiences in comparative genomics, evolution, and the brain.
A series of free, hands-on events for school groups of all ages on a variety of topics. Check out the Drop-In events for the 2014-15 school year.
NYC high school students are invited to explore their future!
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.
Lecture, Programs and Events
Fascinating lectures, debates, and programs on scientific and cultural topics that range from the fossil-hunting to climate change.
Observe the vibrant migration of birds in Central Park and other nature walks hosted by the Museum.
Learn from experts in their fields—from animal drawing and diorama making to neuroscience and climate change—both online and at the Museum!
The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.
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.
Young Naturalist Awards Essay
I went on a class field trip to Fernwood Botanic Garden in southwest Michigan when I was in sixth grade. When we toured the restored prairie, the naturalist told us about invasive non-native plants such as garlic mustard and how they destroy native habitats...
Activity, Hands-on Activity
Why send an email when you can deliver your message on horseback. Add your name and address—and anything else you want to—to these colorful stationery files.
A revolutionary set of star-seeking telescopes is taking precision to the next level.
Take your students to the world's most extreme environment with this curriculum. As they investigate Antarctica, they will also learn about world climate, day and night cycles, ocean circulation, animal adaptation, and scientists working "in the field."
Essay, Science Bulletins
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.