The Middle School Institutes (MSI) program introduces children from Grades 6 - 8 to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations, interactive tours of Museum exhibits and the use of digital programs and skill building.

One-day Experience - Winter 2017

Secrets from the Ocean: How Ancient Fossils Help Us Understand Climate Change - Sunday, December 3, 2017 

Join us for the first SciChat of the year! SciChats are free hangouts open to 10-13 year-olds accompanied by a guardian. This is a chance to socialize, eat, and hangout with scientists and other curious kids.


Registration for our Spring 2018 Program is now open! 

To register, call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200

For more information, please contact

Spring Program


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.

Support for middle school programs is provided by Con Edison.

Upcoming Offerings

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December 3, 2017

SciChats are free hangouts open to 10–13 year-olds accompanied by a guardian. This is a chance to socialize, eat, and hangout with scientists and other curious kids.


Evolution Institute (Grades 6, 7 and 8)

April 15, 2018 - May 13, 2018

Explore the amazing diversity of life on our planet, making use of AMNH's considerable resources, such as our fossil halls, genetics labs, and world-famous collections.

Past Offerings


Ancient Sharks (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

August 14, 2017 - August 18, 2017

Sharks—for more than 400 million years, these fearsome fishes have been among the ocean’s top predators. In this institute, you will use the Museum’s amazing fossil collection to learn about the strange and fascinating history of these extraordinary creatures.

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Archaeology: Digging in the Digital Age (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

August 7, 2017 - August 11, 2017

Today’s archaeologists explore the history and prehistory of cultures around the world with a toolkit that includes sub-surface sonar surveys, simple hand-held shovels—and everything in between. If you’re curious about the real science of archeology, come explore the excitement of digging in the digital age.

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Eco Rangers (Grades 6, 7 and 8)

July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017

The Eco Rangers Institute will give students the opportunity to learn the tools and techniques conservation scientists use to gather information about endangered habitats, and explore the Museum’s biodiversity resources in the exhibit halls, genetics labs, and beyond.

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Coding Climate Change - (Grades 7 and 8 ONLY)

July 3, 2017 - July 7, 2017

Coding Climate Change is a new course that explores climate science and computer science. With Python, a popular coding language used widely by scientists in many fields, students will ask and answer scientific questions by analyzing data from the NASA Earth Observatory.