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Programs & Activities


Saturdays as listed, 11:45pm

Discover the stories behind science's greatest rebels and explore the modern-day applications of their research through hands-on activities and discussions.

April 14 - Rachel Louis Carson and Conservation
May 26 - Alfred Nobel
June 16 - Eleanor Ormerod
July 21 - Fernando Altamirano
August 18 - Nikola Tesla

Animal Encounters

Saturdays, 10:30am

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 14 - Fish
April 21 - Amphibians
April 28 - Reptiles

May 5 - Birds
May 12 - Mammals
May 19 - Endangered and Extinct Species of the World
May 26 - Animal Camouflage

June 2 - Animal Symbiosis
June 9 - Invertebrates and Arthropods
June 16 - Fish
June 23 - Amphibians
June 30 - Reptiles

July 7 - Birds
July 14 - Mammals
July 21 - Endangered and Extinct Species of the World
July 28 - Animal Camouflage

August 4 - Animal Symbiosis
August 11 - Invertebrates and Arthropods
August 18 - Fish
August 25 - Amphibians

Sci-Fi Film Series at Rio Grande Theatre

Tuesdays as listed, 7:00pm (doors open at 6pm)

Screen classic science fiction movies with a scientist. Join a guest host each month for a film viewing and discussion of fact versus fiction. Films are shown at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street.

June 12 - The Andromeda Strain (G)
June 26 - Big Hero 6 (G)
August 14 - Jaws (PG)

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

May 3 - Bid Old Bones: A Dinosaur Tale by Carol Carrick
June 7 - Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
July 5 - Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
August 2 - The Underground Dance by Tony Mitton


May 10 - Mars
June 14 - Jupiter
July 12 - Saturn
August 9 - Uranus

Dinosaur Train

May 17 - Gallimimus
June 21 - Dinosaurs with Claws
July 19 - Ornithomimus
August 16 - Coelophysis

Nature Kids

May 24 - Animal Camouflage
May 31 - New Mexico Wildlife
June 28 - Desert Weather
July 26 - Desert Nights
August 23 - Horned Lizard
August 30 - Desert Plants

    Saturday Family Science

    Saturdays at 11:45 am to 12:45 pm

    Bring your curiosity and your family to the museum for a hands-on investigation. Work together as a team to explore the Earth, the stars, and everything in between.

    May 12 - Food Science 1: Energy and Glucose
    June 2 - Food Science 2: Proteins and Starch
    July 7 - Solar Energy 1: Solar Powered Cars
    August 4 - Solar Energy 2: Solar Ovens

    Science Café

    Last Thursday of each month
    March 29, April 26

    “Putting People in Soil Food Webs”

    Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 5:30PM

    Soil and plant webs of microbial communities represent indispensable components of viable food systems relied upon to feed the growing population of planet Earth. At Science Café on March 29, Dr. Mary Lucero, Principal of End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC, will summarize her conclusions from studies focused on soil food networks. Learn how soil health proponents are collaborating to create cultural shifts needed to affirm humanity’s sustainable role within the microbial webs linking plants, soils, and humans. Explore the current social and cultural challenges faced by a global society when attempting to maintain its place within these webs.

    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 Café

    3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    March 15, April 19

    Teen-organized science for...teens! Team up with STEM experts for monthly discussions, hands-on activities, and a chance to chat with our guest scientists. Call the museum for more information on speakers and topics.

    If you are a teen who would like to get involved with the Teen Advisory Group, contact Stephanie Hawkins at shawkins @ (no spaces).

    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 575-522-3120 for details.