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The Adventures in Science (AiS) program introduces children to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits.

The three-day workshops and week-long day camps or institutes explore topics such as astrophysics, human evolution, robot design, frogs and extreme mammals. Children can study constellations by star-gazing, examine the tools and cave art of our hominid ancestors, and much more in these exciting, inquiry-based programs.

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Grades 3, 4 and 5
Archaeology: Unearth the Past



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Upcoming Offerings

Excavations at the Panuco and Tuxpan Regions

Archaeology: Unearth the Past (Grades 1/2 and Grades 3/4/5)

From long-lost cities to hidden temples, unearth the past as you learn the techniques and tools used by scientists to excavate sites and analyze the objects left by past cultures. Explore the Museum’s halls as you search for cultural treasures and learn what it would have been like to live in the past. 

Grades 1 and 2: each child must be accompanied by a caregiver
Three Mondays: November 3, 10, 17
Time: 4:30–6 pm

Grades 3, 4 and 5
Three Mondays: December 1, 8, 15
Time: 4:30–6 pm

Past Offerings


Twinkling Stars: Legends of the Sky (Grades Pre-K and K) - Sold Out (Waiting List Available)

November 5, 2014 - November 19, 2014

Billions of twinkling lights greet us every night. People throughout history examined those lights and told stories about the patterns and shapes they saw within them. Join us to meet the animals, heroes, and legends of our ancestors still preserved in the sky, and visit those same celestial bodies up close. You may even discover your own story written across the sky.

Three Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:00 PM: November 5th, 12th and 19th


Ancient Sharks (Grades 6-8)

October 19, 2014 - November 16, 2014

Five Sundays: October 19, 26, and November 2, 9, and 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sharks—for more than 400 million years, these fearsome fishes have been among the ocean’s top predators. In this institute, you will use the Museum’s amazing fossil collection to learn about the strange and fascinating history of these extraordinary creatures.

Flying Monsters

Take to the Skies with Pterosaurs (Grades 3, 4 & 5)

September 16, 2014 - September 30, 2014

Join in a soaring adventure to learn all about pterosaurs–flying reptiles that lived in the time of dinosaurs. In this workshop students will explore a new special exhibition on these winged wonders, while learning about pterosaur features, flight, and fossil evidence.

Me and My Earth Image

Eco Rangers Summer Institute (Grades 6, 7 and 8)

August 18, 2014 - August 22, 2014

The Eco Rangers Institute will give students the opportunity to learn the tools and techniques conservation scientists use to gather information about endangered habitats, and explore the Museum’s biodiversity resources in the exhibit halls, genetics labs, and beyond.

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