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

Exploratory Courses - Session 3 (1/5/15 - 2/13/15)
Explosive Earth
Conservation Genetics
The Ape in You



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 2014-2015 Science Research courses click the link below.

Science Research courses are offered free of charge. 

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

Science Research Courses - Session 3 (1/5/15 - 2/13/15)
Culture, Language & Society
Mechanisms of Evolution
Dynamic Earth
Research Methods in Conservation Biology



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


Upcoming Offerings

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.

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth - Science Research Course

January 5, 2015 - February 13, 2015

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


Conservation Genetics - Exploratory Course

January 6, 2015 - February 12, 2015

In this course, we will learn about how DNA sequencing, including DNA Barcoding, and fingerprinting techniques can be used to determine species distribution patterns, to identify products made from endangered animals, and to propagate endangered species in captivity.


Explosive Earth - Exploratory Course

January 7, 2015 - February 11, 2015

This class will explore the world of volcanoes!  We will learn why they exist, where they form, and a volcano study is never complete without modeling how they erupt.

Stars - Science Research Course

Cosmology - Exploratory Course

January 9, 2015 - February 13, 2015

Learn about both aspects of cosmology – see how different cultures represent their cosmologies through exhibits from around the Museum, and learn about how scientists study the Universe and what we have learned (and what we don't know!).

Past Offerings

Pleiades M45 Open Star Cluster

Stars - Science Research Course

September 9, 2014 - October 21, 2014

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

September 9, 2014 - October 21, 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.

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.

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