Applying to The Science and Nature Program

The application period for the 2016-2017 school year closed on

April 15, 2016 at 5:00pm.

 We are no longer accepting applications.


The entry-level class of The Science and Nature Program is the Young Naturalists for 3 to 4 year-olds. Children must turn 3 years old by June 30th in the year they apply. 

The Science and Nature Program classes are small so enrollment in each is limited.  A personal interview with Program staff is required for applicants and their parents. Interviews usually take place in the April and May preceding the school year for which families apply.  Parents are notified of acceptance by June. For information regarding tuition and class schedules, please click here.

Since families usually continue in the Program year after year, there are limited openings in our other on-going science classes beyond pre-school for fall 2016.  If you wish to apply to the after-school classes for the fall of 2016, please do so, and we will contact you in the early summer ONLY if openings become available.



Early Childhood and Family Learning at the American Museum of Natural History provides exciting science learning opportunities for young children and families through OLogy, the Discovery Room, the Science and Nature Program, and Public Programs.

Support for Early Childhood and Family Learning has been provided by the Filomen M. D'Agostino Foundation and Mona and Ravi Sinha.

Additional funding has been provided by Joyce and Bob Giuffra, John and Amy Griffin, and Valerie and Wright Ohrstrom.