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Outreach & Museum-Based Programs
OUTREACH & MUSEUM-BASED EDUCATIONAL INVESTIGATIONS
Museum educators bring hands-on and engaging natural history programs into your classroom or at our Museum classroom or Museum Garden. All programs align with New Mexico state science standards and we customize the program to fit your grade-level and curriculum. These programs are available within 4-to-6 weeks of request and are subject to Museum educator availability. There is a $20.00 fee per classroom program. Garden Classes at the Kiwanis Learning Garden have fee of $5 per student with 1 adult per 6 students.
To request a program or for more information contact Kelly White at 505-328-9439 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore ecosystems from the perspectives of the animals that live in them. Vinegaroons, snakes, and turtles are a few of the animals that may be brought into the classroom that illustrate the roles of animals in a healthy ecosystem.
What exactly is a dinosaur anyway? What did they eat and how did they defend themselves? Join us as we explore fossils to understand what dinosaurs were and how they lived.
Students look for clues to help identify mixed up rock samples and then use their new skill to discover the source of a mystery geological sample.
What goes into making a rock? Explore the difference between rocks and minerals using “recipes” with different mineral ingredients which make up rocks.
Delve into the exciting science of osteology, the study of bones. Through exploration of mystery skulls, unique traits and characteristics of the animal which will be used for identification.
New Mexico is the land of volcanoes! Learn about the different types of volcanoes, how they form, and where they are found in our state.
Garden at the Museum
Discover Soil – February and November
Sink your hands into soil to learn about its amazing function on our planet. Explore our ‘Worm Farm,’ conduct ‘Soil Tests’ you can take back to your playground, process with ‘Life in Soil Art,’ think through the ‘Soil is a Filter’ experiment.
Discover Plant Anatomy – March and October
Seeds hold the future of a plant inside. By creating ‘Seed Balls’ and ‘Newspaper Pots,’ students learn ways to start a new plant’s life. By ‘Planting Cool or Warm Season Seeds to Take Home’ we learn about different plants’ needs. ‘Flowers are Seed Factories’ explains germination. Process and expand through ‘Seed Art.’
Discover Pollination– April and September
Plants need animals! We make ‘Insect Hotels,’ ‘Paint a Water Dish,’ ‘Make Bird Feeders’ to support the wildlife that supports plants. With a ‘Hunt for Flower Shapes’ (seasonal activity), we discover the ways plants attract different types of pollinators.
Discover Photosynthesis– May and August
Plants create their own food, making our planet unique. We make a leaf to know its ‘Leaf Anatomy’ and where and how the food gets made. ‘How Plants Drink & Breathe’ experiments reveal plants’ processes. ‘Wind Power’ tunes us in to air, and helps us understand the windmill in the garden. ‘Watering with Ollas’ shows ways we can reuse plastic containers to help get water to the roots.
Discover Garden Practices – vary by month
Spend your garden time in the acts that keep plants healthy and thriving: ‘Composting,’ ‘Mulching,’ ‘Watering.’ Begin your ‘Garden Notebook’ with observations on plant size and bug life. Experience our ‘Herb Garden’ with all your senses. Use ‘Soil Tests’ on our soil, to learn how to test your own.