Every year, the After School Program (ASP) offers courses to New York City high school students interested in the sciences. There are courses in anthropology, astrophysics, earth science, genetics, biodiversity, and more. Each course makes use of the Museum's unique resources through hall visits, lab and collections tours, talks and lectures by scientists, and hands-on activities.

ASP offers multiple sessions throughout the school year. Each session is six weeks long, and courses meet once or twice a week from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Students may attend only one course per session.

All After School Program Exploratory and Science Research courses are offered free of charge!



Within these content areas, we offer two types of courses, Exploratory and Science Research. To Learn more about any of the courses listed below please follow the link in the course title.


Exploratory courses are introductory-level courses for students to explore their diverse interests. Any New York City high school student may take one or more exploratory courses throughout the school year. For a tentative schedule of 2015-2016 Exploratory Courses click the link below.



Science Research courses are intensive courses on current scientific research in the fields of comparative biology, anthropology, and physical sciences. Science Research courses are taught by Museum scientists and introduce students to the concepts and methods used by Museum researchers. Completion of three Science Research courses is a prerequisite for application to a year of mentorship with a Museum scientist through the Science Research Mentoring Program.

Science Research courses are open to students in 10-12th grade (public, private, and homeschool).

For a tentative schedule of 2015-2016 Science Research courses click the link below.



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Upcoming Offerings

Pleiades M45 Open Star Cluster

Stars - Science Research Course

This class will introduce you to the variety of stars out there – from white dwarves to red giants, and G-type stars like our Sun to recently discovered brown dwarves that are changing our thoughts on what a star even is. 

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Archaeology of Tomorrow - Exploratory Course

Explore how the study of material culture is changing as satellites, 3D scanners, and digital museums gain use in the field, and gain hands on experience to see how technology is teaching us about the past.

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Claw to Wing - Exploratory Course

Explore what extinct theropods and birds had in common with paleontological evidence and how paleontologists collect, prepare and analyze fossils in the field.

Past Offerings


Human Origins - Science Research Course

March 15, 2016 - April 21, 2016

Trace the path of human evolution through in-depth discussions, hands-on activities, and visits to Museum halls that plot the history of humankind.

Tree of LIfe

Tree of Life - Science Research Course

March 15, 2016 - April 21, 2016

From bacteria to whales, there are over 2 million known species on our planet Earth.  This amazing array of biodiversity is everywhere–even in places you cannot see, like deep underground. This course will explore the diversity of life and explain how living organisms are related because they all share a common ancestor. This is known as the Tree of Life. With hands-on activities, hall and museum collection visits, and laboratory dissections students will learn how scientists organize biodiversity into classification systems using morphological and molecular data.

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Darwin’s Dangerous Experiments - Exploratory Course

March 15, 2016 - April 21, 2016

In this class, you will test the origins of the theory of Natural Selection with experiments recreated from the writings of Charles Darwin. Darwin’s great curiosity for the natural world meant that he carried out scientific experiments throughout his life, from small garden experiments to traveling the globe. Darwin developed the theory of evolution by natural selection working with a vast network of correspondents across the globe, helping him understand how his experiments worked in real-world conditions. Find out what Darwin told his friends and learn how he formulated his theory by trying Darwin’s Dangerous Experiments on worms, plants and seeds!

Wonderful Universe

Wonderful Universe - Science Research Course

March 14, 2016 - April 20, 2016

This class will introduce and discuss the physical laws and principles that make the Universe what it is, from gravity to electromagnetism to quantum mechanics.

Microbial Warriors Battle Digestive Disease

Invisible Bodies - Exploratory Course

March 11, 2016 - April 22, 2016

Find out how some of the hardiest life forms on the planet can cause disease, jump from body to body, and compete with other microorganisms to survive virtually everywhere you (don’t) look!