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Programs & Activities


Registration for summer camps at the Museum of Nature & Science will open Saturday, April 15th. Registration is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm at the registration desk . Last day to register for a class is the Saturday before the class begins.

Summer Camps

Galactic Forces: Magnetics

June 6-9, 10:30am - 1:30pm, 1st and 2nd grade

Explore Magnetism and the Earth's magnetic field with this fun, hands-on camp. We will be looking at the ways we use magnets to power our homes, cars, and how objects become magnets. $80, registration required.

Levers, Pulleys, and Gears...oh my!

June 20-23, 10:30am - 12:30pm, 3rd - 5th grade

Explore gears, pulleys and levers - what are they and how do they work? Join us as we investigate their uses, the history of their invention, and how they have changed over time. $90, registration required.

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park Water Research

June 27 - 30, 10:30am - 12:30pm, 6th - 8th grade

Take a trip to the bosque with the museum and be a part of their water project. Students will learn how to use water tools and measure the minerals and bacteria found in the Rio Grande river. $50, registration required.

Young Engineers

July 11-14, 10am - 1pm, 3rd - 5th grade

Young engineers and builders get ready, here's a fantastic mechanic and electric workshop for youths with big imaginations. Mechanics and Electricity, a full workshop of fun, construction, and learning! Explore electricity and mechanics with hands-on experiments, a collective project and more. Spark your interest in building and learn by doing. $50, registration required.

Marine Biology

July 25 - 28, 10:30am - 1:30pm, 1st and 2nd grade

Take a dive under the ocean and discover coral reefs. We will be looking at different types of marine animals and learn about the ways people are impacting our oceans and ways we can help improve our ocean ecosystem. $80, registration required.

Summer Camps by ¡Explora!

Do you love ¡Explora!, but can't get to Albuquerque this summer? Don't worry, ¡Explora! is coming to Las Cruces with two camps for ages 9-12! Camps will be held at the Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science, but all registrations for this camp are through the ¡Explora! registration system at or by calling 505.224.8341. Las Cruces Museum Staff cannot assist with registration for these camps.

Wind Up and Go

June 12-16, 10am - 1pm, 9-12 years old

Develop your mechanical engineering skills as you build, test and modify cars, and power them with rubber-bands. Try some challenges - How far can you get your car to travel? can you make your car climb a hill? $100, registration required.

Build it, Launch it

July 17-21, 10am - 1pm, 9-12 years old

Make objects fly as you design your own trebuchet or catapult. Test your different ideas as you re-engineer your contraption to fling objects higher or farther away. $100, registration required.

Summer Evenings

Wednesdays, June - August, 4:30pm - 7pm

The Las Cruces Museums will be open late every Wednesday during the summer 2017. Each week we will have a special event at one of the four museums in addition to our exhibitions. Free, no registration required.

  • June 21, 5pm - 7pm: Join us at the museum as we explore ancient creatures from the Permian to the Present. Throughout the evening we will have hands-on experiences and a presentation by a paleontologist.
  • July 19, 5pm - 7pm: Biology Event with NMSU - Join us at the museum for an investigation into current science policy. Co-hosted by the museum and NMSU Biology, we will delve into climate change, vaccines, and more!
  • August 16, 5:30pm - 7pm: Night at the Museum - Join us at the museum for a night of hands-on science experiments. Science comes alive tonight at the museum!

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day Workshop

Saturday, April 15 from 2pm to 4:30pm

The museum is once again a vanue for this annual event. Come learn the science and art behind pinhole cameras. Free. Registration is required. Ages 12 and older.

Earth Day

Saturday, April 22 from 9am to 3pm

This year, the museums join other City of Las Cruces departments and community organizations at the Earth Day festival at Plaza de Las Cruces. The celebration will include hands-on activities, speakers, giveaways, a recycled fashion show, earth-friendly vendors, and family-friendly entertainment. Fee. No registration required.

Explore Science: Earth, Space, & Science

Saturday, April 29 from 10am to 1pm

The Explore Science: Earth & Space event will include exciting science, take-home materials, and engaging discussion about science and society. Participants will make clouds, imagine the extraterrestrial life might be like, investigate gravity, explore icy worlds, and much more! These fun activities introduce guests to the ongoing research happening at NASA in the fields of heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics, and allow them to get hands-on with Earth and space science concepts. Free. No registration required.

How does my car engine work?

Saturday, May 6 from 10am to 12pm

When you turn the key to your car, the engine starts and you drive away. But, do you understand how the engine works? Join us for a workshop explaining the basics of the four-stroke engine and find out just what is going on under the hood of your car.

Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21 from 10am to 1:30pm

Join the museum for the 2017 solar eclipse! While we will not experience the total solar eclipse, being too far south, we will be treated to a partial eclipse. Join us as we watch the sun disappear behind the moon as it passes between the Earth and the sun, and learn about the different types of eclipses and how to be safe. The museum will have solar telescopes, "Sun Spotters," and solar eclipse glasses available so everyone can safely watch the eclipse.

Animal Encounters

Saturdays at 10:30 am

Come meet the animals of the Chihuahuan Desert and gain an close up perspective into the lives of Chihuahuan Desert animals as the Museum Naturalist guides the discussion into these elusive creatures. When feasible, there will be a hands-on segment of the class. Call 575-532-3371 for more information. Free.


  • April 1: Mammals
  • April 8: Animal Camouflage
  • April 15: Animal Symbiosis
  • April 22: Invertebrates & Arthropods
  • April 29: Fish


  • May 6: Amphibians
  • May 13: Reptiles
  • May 20: Birds
  • May 27: Mammals


  • June 3: Animal Camouflage
  • June 10: Animal Symbiosis
  • June 17: Invertebrates and Arthropods
  • June 24: Fish


  • July 1: Amphibians
  • July 8: Reptiles
  • July 22: Mammals
  • July 29: Animal Camouflage


  • August 5: Animal Symbiosis
  • August 12: Invertebrates and Arthropods
  • August 19: Amphibians
  • August 26: Reptile

Ancient Knowledge and Technology Development Lecture Series

Every Friday from March 10 to April 14 at 2:00 pm

Join us in this lecture series in which NMSU graduate students will be sharing their recent research in archaeology, history, culture and ancient technology.

April 7: Tool-Stone Procurement Patterns in the Northern Mimbres Region by Paul Duran. This research emphasizes procurement strategies of stone-tools, and how the inhabitants at Twin Pines Village procured and used different lithic raw material sources.

April 14: Amalgamation Process in American Mines by David Morales Andrade. This lecture will be focusing on the amalgamation process with mercury, invented in America by Bartolomé de Medina and its historical significance.

Night Creatures

First Fridays from 4:30pm to 7:00pm

During the monthly First Friday Ramble and by appointment, the Museum Naturalist provides free tours behind the wall housing the living collection. If you would like to see how the museum cares for the animals, or if you have questions about how to keep an amphibian, reptile or fish of your own. Pre-registration is required. Call for 575-532-3371 or 575-522-3120 for details. Limit 6 per tour. Free.

Pre-K Thursdays

Thursdays at 9:00 am, rotating schedule, for children 6 years old and under, Free Admission

Grandma Mona's Science Story Time

  • April 6: A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce
  • May 4: Open Very Carefully, A Book With Bite by Nicola O'Byrne
  • June 1: Curious George and the Dinosaur by Margret and H.A. Rey
  • July 6: Crazy Zoo by Normal Bridwell
  • August 3: The Missing Suit by Anna Kunari


  • April 13: Moon
  • May 11: Comets
  • June 8: The Sun
  • July 13: Astronauts
  • August 10: Rocket Ships

Dinosaur Train

  • April 20: Velociraptor
  • May 18: Iguanodon
  • June 15: Ancient Herbivores
  • July 20: Ancient Omnivores
  • August 17: Ancient Carnivores

Nature Kids

  • April 27: Rabbits
  • May 25: Volcanoes
  • June 22: Tornadoes
  • June 29: Earthquakes
  • July 27: Water Purification
  • August 24: Senses
  • August 31: Illusions

    Today in Space

    There is some amazing science happening in the solar system. Join us at the museum as Bert Ransom, space enthusiast, highlights some of the dramatic discoveries and incredible advances that are happening now in astronomy and space exploration. For more information, contact the museum at (575) 522-3120.

    • Saturday, May 6 at 12pm
    • Saturday, June 24 at 12pm
    • Saturday, July 5 at 12pm
    • Saturday, August 19 at 12pm

    Scientific Fun for Families

    Saturdays at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Join us for different themed workshops each month!

    • April 8: Light
    • May 20: Light Factory
    • June 3: Steam Motors
    • June 24: Alternative Energies
    • July 8: Secret Codes
    • July 29: Extracting DNA
    • August 5: Magnetism
    • August 2: Electric Circuits

    Science Café

    Last Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

    Do you have a question about science? Do you want to network with scientists in a variety of disciplines? Then Sigma Xi is the organization for you! The NMSU chapter of Sigma Xi: International Scientific Research Society are our partners in presenting monthly science round table discussions. Please use Water Street entrance after 5:00 pm. Free. For more information about the lecture, visit or call the museum at (575) 522-3120.

    Teen Science Cafe

    Third Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

    Teen Science Café is a free out-of-school program where teens and scientists work together to explore the big advances in science and technology affecting their lives. Teens and STEM experts engage in lively conversations and activities to explore a topic in a fun, social atmosphere.

    Scout Merit Badge Program

    By request

    The museum offers several courses to scouts for merit badge credit on an on-demand basis. There is a $10 fee per participant and pre-registration with at least 1 week notice is required. Courses run for approximately 4 hours. Call 575-532-3372 for details.