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Science @ Home

While the museum is temporarily closed, enjoy these videos, experiments, and much more from your home.

The museum and other educational institutions around the country are offering these resources while schools are closed because learning never stops! Check back each week for additional fun.

NM Museum of Natural History & Science Programs:
Story Time
Mineral Mondays
Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
Natural History Brief Guides and Coloring Sheets

Content from Museum Educational Partners:
Santa Fe Children's Museum
APS @Home
DynaTheater Films
Planetarium Shows
Sky Maps
Globe at Night

Other Online Activities and Videos:
Curiosity at Home
The Lawrence at Home
Cooped Up Kids


Museum Educator Misty Carty is continuing to read Story Time books and demonstrate related activities.  Watch the previous videos and see what's coming up by clicking here!

Mineral Monday is normally held on the first Monday of the month, but has temporarily moved online!  Click here to see the proceedure for having a rock identified and the email address to send the information.

Learn how to identify different minerals, rocks, and fossils in a series of videos produced by museum researchers.  New videos will be added each month:

Natural History Brief Guides

Use these guides, produced by Museum geologists, as a quick summary and introduction to New Mexico natural history topics:
Rock Guide | Mineral Guide | Fossil Guide

Natural History Coloring Sheets

Here are some one-of-kind, Museum produced coloring pages based on New Mexico natural history themes.

New Mexico Volcanoes:
Albuquerque Volcanoes | Capulin Volcano | Mount Taylor Volcano | City of RocksShip Rock | Valley of Fires

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center

SMNHC is a facility in Cedar Crest, NM managed jointly by the museum and Albuquerque Public Schools.  The staff have produced videos explaining what can be found in this mountain habitat.  Some of these videos have been shown on APS @Home (see below).

A series of virtual field trips describe the natural materials that can be found around the mountain. A multi-part series can be watched on this playlist:
Here is one of the videos that describes ecosystems: 

Another series takes you on quick trips around small areas in nature:
Here is an introduction:


Backyard Biodiversity Challenges

The museum's bioscience department is organizing Backyard Biodiversity Challenges, so you can explore the area around your house like never before!  To participate, make an account on the iNaturalist website.  The observations from a previous program can be seen on this page:

May 6 - 20: Go on a backyard field trip. The challenge is to find, identify, and share at least 10 species of birds from your local area. Report your findings here:

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center educator Fiana Shapiro demonstrates how to make effective observations of nature in the this video:

Santa Fe Children's Museum

Our partners at the Santa Fe Children's Museum produced a fun video demonstrating activities that can be enjoyed with supplies from round the house.

String Cup Phone: 

Make a Star:

Reason for the Season:

APS @Home

Albuquerque Public Schools is broadcasting lessons on New Mexico PBS station 5.1 and the APS YouTube channel.  Find the schedule and links here:


The museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Learning Lab

Even thought all the Smithsonian museums are closed right now, but you can still access the institution's vast resources by creating a free account:

National Museum of Natural History

Tour the digital exhibit Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World, participate in webinars, watch Science How videos, and more!:

Explore Beyond Your Door

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is producing a series of brief videos about exploring your backyard as inspiration to think about finding nature near you:

DynaTheater Films

Some of the same films you'd see in the DynaTheater are available to rent or own at home.  Unfortunately, they can't be seen in 3D, but if you sit close to the screen, it's almost like an IMAX smiley  However, these home versions come with related activities and educational materials, so the fun doesn't have to stop when the movie ends!:

Planetarium Shows

Three shows you've enjoyed in the planetarium have been converted to TV format for you to see at home.  Hear two ancient stories of the night sky and join Little Star on his search for planets in the galaxy.
The Little Star that Could:
Legends of the Night Sky - Orion:
Legends of the Night Sky - Perseus and Andromeda:

Hear the extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day.  This link takes you to a flat-screen version of the show, but also incudes a grade K-12 education guide:


STEM @ Home

Kids in grades K-4 can stay busy all day with this page of out-of-this-world fun.  Build models, solve puzzles, color pages, play games, read books, and even build a rocket!:

Story Time from Space

Watch astronauts on the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory read children’s books and perform science demonstrations!  Story Time From Space offers a delightful combination of science, literacy, and entertainment through its library of family-friendly videos:

Citizen Science

Become a citizen scientist by collecting and analyzing information that will help researchers around the world.  Projects include studying the Earth's environment, looking for planets around stars, and finding comets, asteroids, and possibly additional dwarf planets in our solar system!:

Science Never Stops

Here's a series of videos with interesting experiments and information from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Yes, it is rocket science!:

Solar System Treks

Explore several planets and moons using the highest resolution images available.  Create virtual reality environments, 3D images, files for 3D printing, and much more!:
When the moon is out, use Moon Trek to study in incredible detail the lunar features you see through telescopes.  On this site, it's possible to zoom in close enough to see the trails left by Apollo astronauts!:

Spot the Station

You can actually see the International Space Station when it moves through the sky above you.  It is normally the brightest point of light, moving steadily across the sky in less than five minutes.  It's not visible every night, so use this website to find out when the ISS will be passing over your location:

Tonight's Sky

The Tonight's Sky video is one of the segments seen in the museum's ViewSpace theater, but for now, we're bringing it home to you.  Go outside after dark and see how many constellations you can find.

What's Up

Get skywatching tips and learn more about a topic in space science.  New videos are normally released within a few days at the beginning of each month.

Sky Maps 

While you can't pick up a monthly sky map outside the planetarium entrance, print your own copy from  Be sure the notice the list of events happening each night, listed to the left of the map.  Print the current month's map from here:

Globe at Night

Help astronomers determine the impact of light pollution on New Mexico's night sky while learning some astronomy.  This citizen science program has different observing challenges each month presented by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory


Find out how the weather is predicted on this fun page designed for children from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.  Make rain, snow, a tornado, a hurricane, or a rainbow!:

Curiosity at Home

Each week, the Pacific Science Center will be sharing new science content on their Curiosity at Home webpage. Find exciting DIY activities and experiments kids can do, social live-streams with experts, videos, and so much more. There's even a live shot of the museum's Naked Mole Rats!:

The Lawrence at Home

This YouTube playlist offers a lot of interesting information and at-home activities from the Lawrence Hall of Science.  The institution's staff is producing these videos at their homes so you can enjoy them in yours:

Cooped Up Kids

Learn what the feathered friends outside your window are singing about.  Cornell Lab is posting eight activities to get inside a bird's brain:
They are also offering their BirdSleuth Explorer's Guidebook as a free download:

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