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 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.
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.
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.
Programs and Events
After-hours Astronomy and Astrophysics lectures and programs.
Learn more about the 2016 Margaret Mead Film Festival.
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.
Celebrate Culture! is a family-friendly series of day-long programs about contemporary cultures from around the world.
After-Hours Program, Lecture
Informal evenings of cocktails and conversation about cutting-edge science topics with experts from the field.
Programs and Events
AMNH’s newest education program, BridgeUp: STEM is focused on the intersection of computer science and science.
Unique programs and events on scientific and cultural topics that range from the fossil-hunting to climate change.
Student Programs, Internship
Interact with Museum visitors as a high-school intern in the exhibition halls.
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.
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.
A unique and challenging summer employment experience for young adults ages 18-21.
Programs and Events, Lecture
Fascinating lectures, debates, and programs on scientific and cultural topics that range from the fossil-hunting to climate change.
NYC high school students are invited to explore their future!
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.
Live, online seminars with scientists that explore data visualizations about global change.
The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in 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...
Hands-on Activity, 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."
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.