Every year, the After School Program (ASP) offers courses to New York City high school students interested in the sciences at the museum. 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 5 sessions throughout the school year, running October through June. Each session is five 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, Explore AMNH and Research AMNH. Explore AMNH courses are a “deep dive” into a particular topic and a fun, hands-on way to find out about science in new formats. Research AMNH courses offer a chance to see how research is done at the museum, and discover a broad view of the field. Learn more about any of the courses listed below by following the link in the course title. 

Click the link below for the 2018-19 Exploratory and Science Research Course Calendar.



Explore AMNH courses engage students with diverse interests through in-depth, “elective-style” coursework. It’s a “deep dive” into topics across all fields of the museum. Explore AMNH is an opportunity for scientists, educators, and students to explore science in unique and surprising ways. Any New York City high school student in grades 9-12 may take one or more exploratory courses throughout the school year.

Session 1 - (10/10 - 11/15/2018)




Research AMNH courses are intensive 5-week courses that introduce students to the fundamentals behind the science research practiced at the Museum. Courses are sorted by two categories: Life Science (anthropology, conservation science, and evolutionary biology) and Physical Science (astrophysics, earth science, astronomy). Classes 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 two Research AMNH courses is a requirement for SRMP, but that completion of prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance into SRMP. Any New York City high school student in grades 10-12 may take one or more exploratory courses throughout the school year.


Life Science Tracks:

Session 1 - (10/10 - 11/15/2018)

Molecular Genetics
Conservation Biology


Physical Science Tracks:

Session 1 - (10/10 - 11/15/2018)

Wonderful Universe



Support for Youth Initiatives is provided by The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation.

Support for the Science Research Mentoring Program at the American Museum of Natural History is provided by Christopher C. Davis, The Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund; The Pinkerton Foundation; the Bezos Family Foundation; the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; the Solon E. Summerfield Foundation; Inc.; and the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation.

Complimentary test preparation and college admissions support for program participants is generously provided by Kaplan Test Prep.



Upcoming Offerings

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Molecular Genetics - Science Research Course

October 10, 2018 - November 14, 2018

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. 

Wonderful Universe

Wonderful Universe - Science Research Course

October 11, 2018 - November 15, 2018

This class will introduce and discuss the physical laws and principles that make the Universe what it is, from gravity to electromagnetism to quantum mechanics. 

Research Methods in Conservative Biology

Conservation Biology - Science Research Course

October 11, 2018 - November 15, 2018

This course will introduce the principles and techniques of conservation biology, the causes of species extinctions and how the environment is changed over time by human activity. 

Stars - Science Research Course

Cosmology - Exploratory Course

October 12, 2018 - November 9, 2018

In this class, you'll 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

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Faces From the Past - Exploratory Course

April 27, 2018 - June 1, 2018

In this course, we will examine fossil skull casts from human relatives to sculpt facial reconstructions on 3D-printed skulls. We will examine differences in skulls, create detailed facial musculature, apply tissue-depth markers, and make interpretations about where they lived and how they died. 

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth - Science Research Course

April 23, 2018 - June 4, 2018

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. 

Pleiades M45 Open Star Cluster

Stars - Science Research Course

April 23, 2018 - June 4, 2018

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. 

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