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Programs & Activities

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.


Haunted Museum

October 28, 10am - 1pm

Extend your Halloween fun by joining the museum for an evening of exploring the reality behind Halloween myths and legends. You may be surprised that the facts are stranger than fiction. See our haunted staff, and have a good Halloween scare!


Deck Your Halls Holiday Blitz

December 9, 10am – 1pm

Visit all four museums to participate in holiday activities like making a sparkling poinsettia or learning about the holiday customs of Mexico! Each family will be given a holiday blitz badge; get your badge stamped by all four museums and receive some unique Las Cruces Museums swag!


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.

October:

  • October 7: Bats
  • October 14: Witches Brew (toads, newts, and frogs)
  • October 21: Werewolves (wolves and the myths that surround them)
  • October 28: Creepy Crawlies (worms, snakes, and beetles)

November:

  • November 4: Fish
  • November 11: Amphibians
  • November 18: Reptiles
  • November 25: Birds

December:

  • December 2: Mammals
  • December 9: Animal camouflage
  • December 23: no class
  • December 30: Amphibians


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

  • October 5: Detective Dinosaur, Lost and Found by James Skofield
  • November 2: Duncan the Dancing Duck by Syd Hoff
  • December 7: A Rainbow of my Own by Don Freeman

Planeteers

  • October 12: Space rover
  • November 9: Famous astronauts
  • December 14: Dwarf planets

Dinosaur Train

  • October 19: Petrified wood
  • November 16: Fossils
  • December 21: Stegosaurus

Nature Kids

  • October 26: Bats
  • November 30: Colorful leaves
  • July 27: Water Purification
  • August 24: Senses
  • August 31: Illusions


    Scientific appetizers

    Fridays, 2pm

    Join us in this varied buffet of science lectures that the Museum of Nature and Science has prepared for you, in which NMSU and UTEP undergraduate students will be sharing their recent research in biology, archaeology, math, and geology.

    October 13 - "Viruses Tiny Warriors" by Patricia Ablanedo (UTEP) - In this presentation Patricia will be talking about how biologists struggle to control new diseases produced by killer viruses that knock on our doors. Join us, and take a look how science has become remarkably adept at identifying and containing potential outbreaks.

    October 20 - Marie McGrath


    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.


    Scientific Fun for Families

    Saturdays at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Join us for different themed workshops each month!

    • October 7 - Space challenge
    • November 4 - Techno-biology
    • December 2 - Electric seasonal cards


    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 facebook.com/LCNatureScienceMuseum or call the museum at (575) 522-3120.


    Teen Science Cafe

    3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30pm-7pm

    Hosted by the Museum of Nature and Science, Teen Science Café is a program for teens to learn about science in a social atmosphere. Meet with a local scientist each month and learn about their research while enjoying refreshments provided by the museum. Call the museum for specific topics.


    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.