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Registration Extended for Spring Break Camps!!!!

Registration has been extended until Saturday, March 18th until 4pm.

Monday - Friday, March 20 - 24 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for one of two amazing camps held during Spring Break. The cost of each camp is $25.00 per student. Registration required. Sign up is at the connector desk at the Museum of Nature & Science.

Spring Break: Treasure Hunt (Grades 1-5)

Come on a treasure hunt with the museum and unleash your inner pirate. Learn how to read a compass and map by discovering what all the symbols on a map mean and to find north. Participants will also learn about animals that live under the sea. Can you find the treasure? Come find out and see what's inside the museum treasure chest!

Spring Break: Forensic Science (Grades 6-8)

Forensic science camp will show you what it means to be a crime scene investigator! Learn about crime scene investigation, finger and foot print analysis, suspect sketching, and much more. The museum has invited our local fireman and police crime unit to give live demonstrations and discuss safety, and what police procedures are when it comes to a crime scene.

Tombaugh Day

Saturday, February 18 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the life and discoveries of Clyde Tombaugh and highlight the discoveries of the New Horizons mission to Pluto.

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.

  • March 4: Invertebrates & Arthropods
  • March 11: Amphibians
  • March 18: Reptiles
  • March 25: Birds

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.

March 10: Twin Pines Obsidian: Projectile Points presented by Mary Brown. This research focuses on the use of obsidian projectiles, examining the performance characteristics of these projectile points recovered in 2015 from the Mimbres site, Twin Pines Village, in Gila National Forest, New Mexico.

March 17: Diné Gardening, Traditional Ecological Knowledge presented by Brittany Fisher. Traditional ecological knowledge is vital to indigenous communities, with special attention to the traditional food ways of the Diné (Navajo) people.

March 31: Cannibal Spiders, Warring Ants, and Murderous Plants presented by Kiki Keane. Plants and insects shaped how nineteenth-century audiences viewed the plant world and our understanding of evolution.

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 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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

  • March 2: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter


  • March 9: Constellations

Dinosaur Train

  • March 17: Allosaurus

Nature Kids

  • March 23: Seed Germination

    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, March 11 at 1:00 pm
    • Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 pm
    • Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 pm

    Saturday Workshops

    Saturdays at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Join us for different themed workshops each month!

    • March 4: Alternative Energy

    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.