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The Science and Nature Program

Part of Classes for Children & Families

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Admissions for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. To apply click here. If you have questions about the Science and Nature Program, please email us at Science&[email protected]

The Science and Nature Program enhances children's understanding and respect for the natural world, as well as teaches the initial skills of scientific inquiry. This program, offering weekday classes during the school year, is designed to educate children ages 3 through 11 and their parents about the wonders of the Museum. Rooted in the premise that young children attain deeper levels of understanding when significant adults in their lives are involved, the Program requires that each child be accompanied in class by a parent or grandparent.


The staff of experienced science educators works with Museum scientists and specialists to create age-appropriate curricular themes that reflect the Museum's disciplines, including life sciences, earth and planetary sciences, anthropology, and paleontology. The Program's classrooms provide stimulating environments that contain artifacts and specimens from the Museum's collections, live animal habitats, a children's science library, scientific tools, and educational materials for hands-on investigation. These classrooms serve as "base camps" for in-depth studies and guided "safaris" to destinations in the Museum such as the Hall of Biodiversity, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, and other exhibits.

Applying to The Science and Nature Program

The Science and Nature Program 2020-2021 Class Schedule

For more information about other class offerings affiliated with The Science and Nature Program, please see Early Adventures Program, Adventures in Science, and Gateway Storytime in the Discovery Room.

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 programing has been provided by Shaiza Rizavi and Jonathan Friedland, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, an anonymous donor, Jennie and Chris Coyne, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Guffey.