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Adventures in Science

Adventures in Science


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.

Schedules and grade level can be found by selecting the workshop or camp you are interested in.

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Grades 1 and 2
Archaeology: Unearth the Past - Session Full

Grades 3, 4 and 5
Archaeology: Unearth the Past
Take to the Skies with Pterosaurs
Robots in Space - Session Full

Grades 6, 7, and 8
Eco Rangers

While many sessions are full, there may be space on the waiting list.  Please call Central Reservations (212) 769-5200 for more information.

Grade 1
First Adventures - Session Full

Grades 2 and 3
AstroAdventures - Session Full
ArcheoAdventures: Clues to Our Past - Session Full
Pterosaurs: Titans of the Sky - Session Full
Unlock the Mysteries of Poisons - Sesssion Full
Spiders Unraveled - Session Full
PaleoAdventures: Exploring Dinosaurs - Session Full

Grades 4 and 5
AstroAdventures - Session Full
AnthroAdventures: Last Man Standing
Pterosaurs: Titans of the Sky - Session Full
Unlock the Mysteries of Poisons - Session Full
Spiders Unraveled - Session Full

Grades 6, 7, and 8
Virtual Worlds: What Happened to the Neanderthals?
Evolution Institute
Digital Universe Flight School
Virtual Worlds: Cretaceous Seas

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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)

April 27, 2014 - May 11, 2014

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 Sundays: April 27, May 4, and May 11
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Grades 3, 4 and 5
Three Sundays: April 27, May 4, and May 11
1:30 – 3:00 pm

Flying Monsters

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

April 29, 2014 - May 13, 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.


Robots in Space (Grades 3, 4 and 5)

May 2, 2014 - May 16, 2014

With rovers on Mars, satellites orbiting Saturn, and a probe heading for Pluto, robots are on the frontlines of deep space exploration. Experience the fun of building and operating your own robots while learning about our solar system and beyond.


Spiders Unraveled (Grades 2/3 and 4/5) - Session Full

July 28, 2014 - August 29, 2014

Get up close and personal with tarantulas, examine the strength of spider silk, investigate how spiders inspire robotics engineers, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Spiders Alive exhibit.

Past Offerings


Inside Your Brain (Grades 3, 4, and 5)

March 4, 2014 - March 18, 2014

How do you play baseball, crave a slice of pizza, or learn new a language? Your brain is an amazing organ! Fire up your synapses and learn about the cutting-edge field of neuroscience through hands-on experiments and innovative lab activities.


Butterflies: Colors in Motion (Grades 2 and 3)

February 17, 2014 - February 21, 2014

Experience the splendor of live butterflies in an indoor tropical rainforest! In this camp, you will observe these fascinating insects up close and see the world through the eyes of a butterfly.

Monday–Friday, February 17–21, 2014

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Unlock the Mysteries of Poisons (Grades 4 and 5)

February 17, 2014 - February 21, 2014

Discover the power of poisons while solving a mystery at the Museum! In this week-long camp, we will explore poisons found in nature and see how their power is used in both the natural world and by humans.

Monday–Friday, February 17–21, 2014


Poison: People, Plants and Animals (grades 3, 4, and 5)

January 29, 2014 - February 12, 2014

Explore the world of poisons and how humans have used them for thousands of years. Visit AMNH’s new temporary exhibit on poisons and the permanent exhibition halls to learn where poisons come from, how cultures all over the world have used poisons for hunting, and how poisons are being transformed into medicine.

Three Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:00 PM: January 29, February 5 and 12


Take Wing! (Grades Pre-K and K & Grades 1 and 2)

January 9, 2014 - January 24, 2014

Experience the splendor of live butterflies in an indoor tropical rainforest! In this workshop, you will observe these fascinating insects up close and investigate how they migrate, transform, and trick hungry predators.

Grade Pre-k and K  Three Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:00 PM: January 9, January 16, and January 23

Grades 1 and 2  Three Fridays, 4:30 - 6:00 PM: January 10, January 17, January 24

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