The Science and Nature Program

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Admissions for the 2021-2022 academic year is now closed.

The Science and Nature Program

The Science and Nature Program enhances children's understanding of and respect for the natural world, engages children in the foundations of scientific inquiry, and provides a window into the wonders of the Museum. 

Experienced science educators work with Museum scientists and specialists to create age-appropriate learning experiences in classrooms and Museum halls that reflect the Museum's research and scientific collections, including in zoology,  Earth and planetary sciences, anthropology, and paleontology. 

Children and Adults Learn Together

Designed for children ages 4-11, the Science and Nature Program meets weekly throughout the school year. 

Parents or grandparents attend class with children through age 8, a core principle of the program based on research that shows that young children attain deeper levels of understanding and richer connections to their learning when significant adults are present. 

Children ages 8-11 attend on their own, though special classes during the year include parent participation (e.g. guest scientists, dissections, etc.).

Admissions

The entry-level class of the Science and Nature Program is Young Explorers for 4 to 5 year-olds. Children must turn 4 years old by August 31, 2021, and plan to enter Kindergarten by Fall 2022. For children under the age of 4, please see the Early Adventures Program.

The Science and Nature Program classes are small, so enrollment in each class is limited. Application reviews will take place between April and May. Parents are notified of acceptance by June 2021. 

Children who enter the program as Young Explorers will be offered the opportunity to re-enroll each year, so availability in higher grades is limited. Families applying starting in Kindergarten through fifth grade will be contacted to continue in the application process only if spaces become available.

Refunds and Cancellations

If, after enrolling, you find that your child will be unable to participate in the Science and Program, please notify us in writing via email to Science&[email protected] by Friday, June 18, 2021.

Tuition payments are non-refundable after Friday, June 18, 2021. After that date tuition will be applied towards the Science and Nature Program's financial aid fund.

2021-2022 Classes

CLASS
GRADE LEVEL
DATES & TIMES

Class:
Young Explorers | Pre-K

How do vertebrates vary? In the first year of the Science and Nature program, children will explore amazing adaptations and survival strategies across the animal kingdom. Participants will get  a foundational introduction to biodiversity through dramatic play, art-science activities, close observations of collections, dioramas, and exhibits, and an encounter with a live Featured Creature every week.

Cost: $3,100

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Grade Level:
Pre-K, 4 year-olds, 5 year-olds

Dates & Times:
Thursdays or Fridays.
9:15–11:15 am; 12:30–2:30 pm

Pre-K, 4 year-olds, 5 year-olds

Thursdays or Fridays

9:15–11:15 am; 12:30–2:30 pm

Class:
Young Scientists Circle | Kindergarten

What’s special about the seasons? Whatever the weather, the second year of Science and Nature is dedicated to the cycles of the year as we examine how creatures of the Northeast survive and thrive in each of the seasons. Peek inside an acorn home, wonder at the winter woods, and spot signs of spring at the pond with “expeditions” to different exhibits at the Museum. Close the year by digging into our first dissection.

Cost: $2,995

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Grade Level:
Kindergarten

Dates & Times:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.
3:30–5 pm

Kindergarten

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays

3:30–5 pm

Class:
Young Scientists | 1st Grade

What can we learn from 34 million things? Study Museum collections in geology, marine biology, anthropology, and archaeology to find out. Share your own collection with classmates and meet scientists who will give us a window into research at the Museum and explain how they fell in love with the natural world.

Cost: $2,995

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Grade Level:
Grade 1

Dates & Times:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.
3:30–5 pm

Grade 1

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays

3:30–5 pm

Class:
Young Scientists | 2nd Grade

What do skeletons and solar systems have in common? Study systems in action, whether it’s blood moving through bodies, the formation of fossils, or celestial objects circling the sun. Solve problems and ask questions that veterinarians, paleontologists, and astrophysicists face in the real world, and learn to use  tools like telescopes, microscopes, and stethoscopes.

Cost: $2,995

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Grade Level:
Grade 2

Dates & Times:
Thursdays.
3:30–5 pm

Grade 2

Thursdays

3:30–5 pm

Class:
Fellowship of the Young Scientist | 3rd Grade

Delve into the dynamic Earth for a year of examining the rock record, climate change, and life in the planet’s most precarious places. How does life at the limits survive and thrive? Explore evidence from earthquakes, explosive volcanoes, and deep-sea vents as we look for life in the unlikeliest places.

Cost: $2,995

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Grade Level:
Grade 3

Dates & Times:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.
3:30–5 pm

Grade 3

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays

3:30–5 pm

Class:
Fellowship of the Young Scientist | 4th Grade

Investigate the impact of environmental issues around the globe, from invasive species in our own backyard to the value of vulnerable vultures to the perplexing problem of melting sea ice. Document the challenges to an ecosystem with a diorama drawn from examples in the Museum’s own halls and identify opportunities for advocacy on behalf of the natural world.

Cost: $2,995

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Grade Level:
Grade 4

Dates & Times:
Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays.
3:30–5 pm

Grade 4

Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays

3:30–5 pm

Class:
Museum Investigations in Science | 5th Grade

How does the Museum meet its mission? Explore the connection between research, collections, conservation, and education efforts taking place at the Museum every day. Consider how to craft questions that drive scientific research in this capstone year as we examine the history of Museum expeditions and exhibitions through a critical lens.

Cost: $2,995

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Grade Level:
Grade 5

Dates & Times:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.
3:30–5 pm

Grade 5

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays

3:30–5 pm

More Information

For more information about other class offerings affiliated with the Science and Nature Program, please see the Early Adventures Program and Adventures in Science pages.

If you have questions about the Science and Nature Program, please email us at Science&[email protected]

Health and Safety During Onsite Programs

The health and safety of our participants and staff is the top priority. You’ll notice some important changes to the Museum, our classrooms, and health and safety measures. For more information, please visit the Health and Safety page.

Children and Family Learning at the American Museum of Natural History provides exciting science learning opportunities for young children and families through OLogy, the Discovery Room, The Science and Nature Program, and Public Programs.

Support for Children and Family Learning programming has been provided by Shaiza Rizavi and Jonathan Friedland, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, and Ellen K. and Lawrence R. Gross.