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. We accept students regardless of citizenship or immigration status. 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. 

Click the link below for the 2017-18 Exploratory and Science Research Course Calendar.


Exploratory AMNH courses allow students to engage their diverse interests through in-depth, “elective-style” coursework. Exploratory AMNH allows our scientists, educators and students the chance to explore science in unique and surprising ways. Any New York City high school student may take one or more exploratory courses throughout the school year.

Session 1 - (9/12 - 10/27/17)

Life Beyond Earth



Research AMNH courses are intensive 6-week courses that introduce students to the fundamentals behind the science practiced at the Museum. Courses cover a variety of topics including anthropology, astrophysics, conservation science, and evolutionary biology and focus on core scientific theories, concepts, and practices. Each Research AMNH course is co-taught by a Museum scientist and a Museum educator and are designed to prepare students for the possibility of conducting authentic scientific research through a partner program, the Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP). Please note that completion of three Research AMNH courses is a requirement for SRMP, but that completion of prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance into SRMP. Science Research courses are open to students in 10-12th grade (public, private, and homeschool).


Life Science Tracks:

Session 1 - (9/12 - 10/27/17)

Conservation Biology
Human Origins
Molecular Genetics


Physical Science Tracks:

Session 1 - (9/12 - 10/27/17)

Dynamic Earth




The Museum's Youth Initiatives are generously supported by the leadership contribution of the New York Life Foundation.

Additional support is provided by The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation.

Upcoming Offerings


Human Origins - Science Research Course

September 12, 2017 - October 19, 2017

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

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth - Science Research Course

September 13, 2017 - October 25, 2017

In this Earth and Planetary Science course students will learn about the latest research conducted at the Museum through interactions with scientists, lectures, hall visits and hands-on activities. 

Comparative Genomics

Molecular Genetics - Science Research Course

September 13, 2017 - October 25, 2017

This course will cover genetics and genomics, with a focus on understanding the composition of the genome. Students will learn what is in the genome, how mutations arise, and how variation in the genome impacts evolution and natural selection. 

A bright image of Saturn.

Life Beyond Earth - Exploratory Course

September 15, 2017 - October 27, 2017

In this course, you will learn the basics of the field of astrobiology, a systematic way of categorizing and searching for life in the cosmos.

Past Offerings


Life Beyond Earth - Exploratory Course

April 28, 2017 - June 2, 2017

Are we alone in the Universe? This question has intrigued humans ever since we had the courage to look skyward. Explore the science of categorizing and searching for life in the cosmos.

Pleiades M45 Open Star Cluster

Stars - Science Research Course

April 25, 2017 - June 1, 2017

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 dwarf stars that are changing our thoughts on what a star even is. 

Comparative Genomics

Our Concrete Jungle - Exploratory Course

April 24, 2017 - June 5, 2017

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.