Shortcut Navigation:

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.



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 2014-2015 Exploratory Courses click the link below.

Unless otherwise stated, the fee for exploratory courses is $150 for a once-weekly course and $300 for a twice-weekly course. 

We have a very generous policy of granting fee waivers based on need. If you are requesting a fee waiver, please complete the Fee Waiver form included in the online application.

Exploratory Courses - Session 1 (9/8-10/24)
What Makes Us Human?

Exploratory Courses - Session 2 (10/27 - 12/12)
Culture Through the Lens
Visualizing Climate Change
Marine Biology/ Biología Marina: A course for Spanish-speaking ELL students



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).

Science Research courses are offered free of charge. 

Science Research Courses  - Session 1 (9/8-10/24) 
Dynamic Earth
Mechanisms of Evolution
Research Methods in Conservation Biology
Tree of Life

Science Research Courses - Session 2 (10/27 - 12/12)
Secrets of the Solar System
Tree of Life
Human Origins
Wonderful Universe
Comparative Genomics 



The Museum's Youth Initiatives Programming is generously supported by the leadership contribution of 



Upcoming Offerings

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth - Science Research Course

September 8, 2014 - October 20, 2014

Learn about the latest research conducted here at the museum through interactions with scientists, lectures, hall visits and hands-on activities.

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. 

Tree of LIfe

Tree of Life - Science Research Course

Learn how scientists use both physical and molecular characteristics of plants and animals to classify and name species, as well as determine how different species are related to one another.


Human Origins - Science Research Course

October 27, 2014 - December 3, 2014

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

October 27, 2014 - December 3, 2014

Learn how scientists use both physical and molecular characteristics of plants and animals to classify and name species, as well as determine how different species are related to one another.

Wonderful Universe

Wonderful Universe - Science Research Course

October 28, 2014 - December 16, 2014

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.

Past Offerings

Dinosaur behavior

Footprints in Time - Exploratory Course

May 2, 2014 - June 6, 2014

In this course, we will explore the evidence left behind by the many magnificent extinct organisms, focusing on ichnofossils, and infer how these creatures lived and behaved by comparing them to currently living animals.

Comparative Genomics

Our Concrete Jungle - Exploratory Course

April 29, 2014 - June 10, 2014

Our class will investigate NYC’s natural history from a pre-colonial Eden to concrete jungle, learn the skills of ecological research, and roam the Halls of the Museum (after hours!). We will visit Central Park, Inwood Park, and the shores of the Hudson River to learn about the diversity of animals and plants living right on our doorstep. Our class will also discuss what is needed to improve our NYC environment as we debate current conservation issues, including climate change resilience, environmental justice, hydrofracking, and urban re-wilding.

Stars - Science Research Course

The Cosmic Perspective - Exploratory Course

April 28, 2014 - June 9, 2014

Set the time machine for 14 billion years ago. In this course you will study the universe, from its earliest moments to the formation of galaxies, from stars that shine to the dark matter we know is lurking around every corner. Through hall explorations, hands-on activities and visits with Museum scientists you will come to see that our universe is a dynamic place. You may find yourself asking, the universe started with a bang, but how will it end?

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open daily from 10 am - 5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
Maps and Directions

Enlighten Your Inbox

Stay informed about Museum news and research, events, and more!