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Programs & Activities

Pi Day

Wednesday, March 14, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

How many ways are there to celebrate Pi Day? More than 3.14! Come to the museum and try various mathematical activities and challenges. If you complete all the challenges, you can get a coupon for a slice of "Pi" from a local pizzeria.

Prehistoric Trackways National Monument Anniversary

Saturday, March 31, 7:00am - 1:00pm

Celebrate the 9th anniversary of the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument with an early morning tour of the Paleozoic Trackways exhibit at the museum before heading out for a tour of the Prehistoric Trackways Monument led by the Bureau of Land Management. Arrive prepared for a 3-mile hike with good footwear, long pants and sleeves, sun protection, snacks, and water.


Saturday, April 7, 9:00am to 1:00pm

The smallest things can make the biggest impacts! Discover nanotechnology at "the Biggest Event for the Smallest Science!" with hands-on explorations and facilitated demonstrations at the 11th annual Las Cruces Nano Days!

Active Galaxy Lecture Series

Dates as listed, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

New Mexico is a powerhouse of scientific research and innovation. Join local scientists at the epicenter of these discoveries as they lead discussions at the museum.

April 12 - Dr. Emily Johnson presents Organ Mountain Volcanology

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.

March 10 - Birds
March 17 - Mammals
March 24 - Animal Camouflage
March 31 - Animal Symbiosis

April 7 - Invertebrates and Arthropods
April 14 - Fish
April 21 - Amphibians
April 28 - Reptiles

Night Creatures

First Fridays from 4:30pm to 8:00pm

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

April 5 - What do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada


April 12 - Earth

Dinosaur Train

March 15 - Saltasaurus
April 19 - Horned dinosaurs

Nature Kids

March 22 - White Sands
March 29 - Roadrunners
April 26 Flowers


    Dates 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.

    March 17 - Leonardo Fibonacci and Mathematics
    April 14 - Rachel Louis Carson and Conservation

    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.

    March 3 - X-Rays
    April 7 - Nanoparticles and Medicine

    Science Café

    Last Thursday of each month
    March 29, April 26

    “Putting People in Soil Food Webs”

    Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 5:30PM

    Soil and plant webs of microbial communities represent indispensable components of viable food systems relied upon to feed the growing population of planet Earth. At Science Café on March 29, Dr. Mary Lucero, Principal of End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC, will summarize her conclusions from studies focused on soil food networks. Learn how soil health proponents are collaborating to create cultural shifts needed to affirm humanity’s sustainable role within the microbial webs linking plants, soils, and humans. Explore the current social and cultural challenges faced by a global society when attempting to maintain its place within these webs.

    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

    3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    March 15, April 19

    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.

    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.