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Programs & Activities

Brain Games

Saturday, September 8, 10am - 12pm

Test your problem-solving skills through a series of games designed to exercise your brain. See if you have what it takes to complete every game!


Saturdays as listed, 11:45pm

Discover the stories behind science's greatest rebels and explore the modern-day applications of their research through hands-on activities and discussions.

April 27 - Mary Golda Ross, Aeronautics
May 25 - Marie Daly, Chemist

Animal Encounters

Saturdays, 10:30am

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 23 - Amphibians
March 30 - Reptiles
April 6 - Birds
April 13 - Mammals
April 20 - Animal Tracks and Signs
April 27 - Endangered and Extinct Animals of the World

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

April 4 - The Polar Bear Paddle, by David Bedford
May 2 - My Spring Robin, by


August 9 - Uranus
May 9 - Black Holes

Dinosaur Train

August 16 - Coelophysis
September 20 Smilodon (Saber-tooth Cat)
October 18 Megalodon
November 15 Deodicurus
December 20 Woolly Mammoth

Nature Kids

July 26 - Desert Nights
August 23 - Horned Lizard
August 30 - Desert Plants
September 27 Animal Footprints
October 25 Night Life
November 29 Turkeys
December 27 Snow

    Saturday Family Science

    Saturdays at 11:45 am to 12:45 pm

    Bring your curiosity and your family to the museum for a hands-on investigation. Work together as a team to explore the Earth, the stars, and everything in between.

    August 4 - Solar Energy 2: Solar Ovens

    Science Café

    Last Thursday of each month

    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 Café

    3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Teen-organized science for...teens! Team up with STEM experts for monthly discussions, hands-on activities, and a chance to chat with our guest scientists. Call the museum for more information on speakers and topics.

    September 20 Forensic Criminology

    October 18 Field Geology ****takes place @ NMSU

    November 15 Cartography

    If you are a teen who would like to get involved with the Teen Advisory Group, contact Stephanie Hawkins at shawkins @ (no spaces).

    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.