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Programs & Activities


Registration for summer camps and classes is open and continues throughout the summer. Last day to register for a camp or class is the Saturday before the class begins. To register, visit the registration desk at the Museum of Nature & Science in person, Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10am – 4pm. For additional information about registration, contact the museum at 575.528.3330.

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.

Soaring High

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

What keeps gliders in the air so long? You’ll use everyday materials to design, build, and test gliders and other lightweight flying objects that use air to stay aloft. $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: "A Prehistoric Evening" 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 paleontologist, Joshua Ludtke.
  • 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!

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.


  • 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

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

  • July 6: Crazy Zoo by Normal Bridwell
  • August 3: The Missing Suit by Anna Kunari


  • June 8: The Sun
  • July 13: Astronauts
  • August 10: Rocket Ships

Dinosaur Train

  • June 15: Ancient Herbivores
  • July 20: Ancient Omnivores
  • August 17: Ancient Carnivores

Nature Kids

  • 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 3 at 12:30pm
    • Saturday, July 1 at 12pm
    • Saturday, July 29 at 12:30pm

    Scientific Fun for Families

    Saturdays at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Join us for different themed workshops each month!

    • June 3: Steam Motors
    • June 24: Alternative Energies
    • July 8: Secret Codes
    • July 29: Extracting DNA
    • August 5: Magnetism
    • August 26: 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

    Off for the Summer

    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.