Virtual Activities

Animal Encounters

Reptiles

The Texas Banded Gecko is a species that is native to the Chihuahuan Desert.  Click here

Desert Millipede

The Desert Millipede can be found throughout Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Click here

Animal Feeding

Turtles

Observe a Sonoran Mud Turtle using his long claws to help tackle a large piece of shrimp.  Click here

Everyone's favorite snapping turtle, Zilla, enjoys a snack of frozen-thawed mice.  Click here

Red Spotted Toads

'Kermit and Ms. Piggy' enjoy a delicious spread of mealworms.  Click here

Snakes

Granny, a Desert Kinsgsnake, is seen eating a mouse. Granny was hatched in captivity in 1988.  Click here

Doughnut, the museum's resident Variable Kingsnake uses his tongue to 'taste the air' to find his prey.  Click here

Sprinkles, an Arizona Mountain Kingsnake, is a little beauty on display. Click here

Amphibians

The Nature Center's resident Tiger Salamander and Woodhouse's toad eat from a tray of mealworms. Watch an overzealous toad and one annoyed salamander together.  *No animals were harmed in the making of this video.   Click here

Archaeology Day

Dripping Springs

Garrett Leitermann tells stories of the area’s history and its famous residents. Click here

"Finding Common Ground between Science and Humanity (Indigenous Perspectives) in Archaeology." 

The discussion features Anthropology Professors at New Mexico State University.  Click here

Arte Cubano

Esterio Segura

Enjoy a conversation wit Esterio Segura.Click here

Artventurous

Cuban Art - Rene Francisco

Enjoy a craft you can make at home.  Click here

Cuban Art - Frank Martinez

Instructions and materials to create your masterpiece are listed here. Click here

Cuban Art - Jose Bedia

For materials and instructions for your activity Click here

Cuban Art-Lidzie Alvisa

Your art activity will be based on her 2005 diptych "Girasoles de Van Gogh".  Click here

Cuban Art-Los Carpinteros

Your activity is based on their 2004 sculpture “Sandalia”. Click here

Cuban Art-Juan Carlos Rivera-Cintra.

A fun and challenging activity for you to make at home. Click here

Cuban Art-"Sin Titulo (Untitled)"

The featured art piece is Kcho's 2003 drawing.  Instructions are listed here.  Click here

Shapes--Geometric

By focusing on Frank Stella's 1967 art piece "Harran II" and its use of bold colors and geometric shapes you can create your own art.  Click here

Shapes--The Snail

We will focus on Henri Matisse's 1953 art piece "The Snail" and its bizarre yet intricate use of colors and abstract shapes. Click here

Shapes--Abstract circles

Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky will be the theme for this art activity.  Follow along with these instructions Click here

Shapes--Dutch Art

For a fun activity, focus on the Dutch Art style known as De Stijl. Click here

Weather & Sky--Starry Night

Instructions to make your own art using inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh's 1888 painting "Starry Night Over the Rhone".  Click here 

Weather & Sky--Snow

Focus on the snow and take inspiration from Vincent van Gogh's 1888 "Landscape with Snow".  Click here

Weather & Sky--Rain

Make your own arts and crafts from home, follow along with these graphics for the material list and instructions featuring the art of Vincent van Gogh, focusing on rain from his 1889 painting La Pluie (Rain).  Click here

Weather & Sky--Sun

Make your own arts and crafts from home, follow along with these graphics for the material list and instructions featuring the art of Vincent van Gogh, focusing on the sun from his 1888 painting, "The Sower". Click here

Weather & Sky--Wind

Make your own arts and crafts from home, follow along with these graphics for the material list and instructions featuring the art of Vincent van Gogh, focusing on wind from his series of paintings titled, "Wheat Field with Cypresses". Click here

Brown Bag Lecture

Restoration of Phillips Chapel

Enjoy a lecture on the restoration of the Phillips Chapel in the Mesquite Historic District presented by Faith Hutson of DACC. Click here

"Victorio Peak: One Hundred Tons Of Gold Or Just One Hundred Tall Tales"  

Enjoy a  lecture with Jim Eckles.  Click here

Community Care

Community Share

Community Share connects community members to teachers and projects in order to support education here in Las Cruces. Click here

Culture of Empowerment

Know Your Rights

Maria Coronado from ACLU of New Mexico presents a brief history of farmworker's rights as well as tips for farmworkers, and all workers, to work safe and advocate for themselves within the law.  Click here

Education Station

Shadow Box Scene

Create a miniature scenes in a shadow box inspired by White Sands National Park and the work of photographer Emmitt Booher. Click here

Coin Dishes

Make a coin dish inspired by the topography of White Sands National Park and the work of photographer Emmitt Booher. Click here

Cuban artist Carlos Alberto Montes de Oca.

Make a mixed media art piece.  Click here

Cuban artist Katiuska Saavedra Leyva.

Make a three-dimensional art piece.  Click here

Japanese orihon folding books

Make your own accordion book based on the traditional Japanese orihon folding books.  Click here

Art of Casting

Make your own crafty casts from plaster by following along with these instructions.  Click here

Faux Lava Lamps

Make a faux lava lamp based on an exhibition from the Las Cruces Museum of Art.  Click here

Pass the Story Game

Combine storytelling with illustration through the Pass the Story game.  Click here

Family Science

Electroscope

Build an electroscope to observe the transfer of electrostatic charge.  Click here

Solar Oven

Make a melty treat with a homemade solar oven.  Click here

Ice Cream

Make your own ice cream by changing the physical properties of your ingredients.  Click here.

Polymers

Use polymers to take your slime to the next level.  Adjust your recipe to make a bouncy ball.  Click here.

Egg Dying

Dyeing eggs is a spring tradition kids of all ages look forward to.  Experiment with the water:vinegar ration to find the best method to get the colors you want.  Click here.

Fossil Day

Marine life from the Permian Period

The Paleozoic Trackways National Monument is right in our backyard and is home to both marine and trace fossils from this time.Click here

Horseshoe crabs

These “moon-shaped traces” were made by horseshoe crabs digging. Click here

Undichna

A trace fossil found on fossilized prehistoric sea floors. Click here

Crinoids, or sea lilies

These marine animals live in shallow water and filter feed on plankton. Click here

Brachiopods

These shelled animals live on the seabed in cold and tropical waters.  Click here


History Notes

Significance of the Afro-Frontier: Blackdom

Explore the Afro-Frontier to identify the history evoked with Dr. Timothy Nelson.  Click here

Black History of New Mexico: "Imagining Race and Space in Albuquerque"

A presentation by Dr. Natasha Howard. Click here

Searching for Safety

A presentation by Dr. Neil Harvey outlines the history of migration policies and research on migrants' experiences.  Click here

Immigration Policy

A presentation on the last 25 years of immigration policy and it's impact on families.  Click here


Indigenous Speaker Series

The Eagle and the Condor Meet

A discussion from a group of Indigenous youth in New Mexico about their exchange with Indigenous Mayan people in Guatemala. Click here

Indigenizing the Borderlands Workshop

 Learn about what "Indigenizing" means to Indigenous people of our borderland and the work they are doing for the community. Click here

Indigenous Science: Ancient Pathways to a Sustainable Future 

Lyla June speaks about the long and prolific legacy of Indigenous Science and the wisdom and practical responses that it holds for modern day society’s greatest challenges. Click here

Inland Sea 

Artists Talk from Photographer featured in the Inland Sea Exhibit: Allyson Packer

August 7, 2020, 5:30-6:30 PM 

Featured on the Las Cruces Museums Facebook page on Facebook Live.  Click here

Jaws, Paws and Claws

End of the dinosaurs

Swipe through to find out what brought about the end of the age of dinosaurs.  Click here


Listen to Your Art

Beatrix Potter

An art history lecture by Professor Kathleen H Key of UTEP  Click here

Luchadoras

Panel de Discusion:  Luchadoras Femenistas

Luchadoras de El Paso, TX y Ciudad Juárez, México cuentan sus historias, y comparten cómo han sido empoderadas por sus carreras en el cuadrilátero. 

Luchadoras from El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juárez, México tell their stories and share how they have been empowered by their careers in the wrestling ring. 

Traducción al inglés disponible en forma de subtítulos. (English translation available in closed captions).

13 de agosto 2020, 5:30 PM  Click here


Museum Appreciation Day

Bryan Lee, Education Curator  

Bryan will take you around the Museum of Art and share some details about his career in museums.  Click here

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

This museum shares the fascinating 4,000-year history of agriculture in our region.  This video was filmed in 2019, before the state mandate on masks for COVID Safe Practices was put into effect.  Click here

Collections at the Las Cruces Museum System

Sarah Thomson, our Collections Manager, presents our online portal that displays the Las Cruces Museum System's objects on exhibit at each museum and the online exhibit.  Click here

University Art Museum at NMSU

This video walk-through of their Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery features part of the "Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020" exhibition, on display until December 6, 2020.  

Office Assistant, Reyna Blahnik

Reyna shares an encouraging message about lifelong learning and the wonders that museums have to offer!  Click here

Las Cruces Museum Staff

Watch the videos from our museum staff in sequence.  Click here



Olla Comunitaria

Hunger issues in Guatemala

Listen to a presentation from the UN Solidarity about the network and method of community support during COVID-19.  Click here  Continued here

Pre-K

New Mexico Bats

Activity instructions are listed here. Click here

Night Flyers

Learn about night flyers like the New Mexico owls. Activity instructions are n English and Spanish. Click here

Moon

Learn about the moon with this activity from the Museum of Nature and Science.  Click here

Solar System

Scale it down to fit in your pocket!  For instructions in English and Spanish Click here

Paleontology

Be a junior paleontologist.  For instructions in English and Spanish Click here

Fish in the Desert?

For printable instructions and a template Click here

Feed a Frog Game

Meet the frogs and toads from the Nature Center and make your own feed a frog game.  Click here.

Snake Shape Model

Meet one of the snakes from the Nature Center and practice using shapes to make a model.  Click here.

Meteor Model

Make a model meteor and learn the difference between a comet, asteroid, and meteor.  Click here.

Solar System Model

Create a model solar system with homemade window clings.  Click here.

Stegosaurus

Meet stegosaurus and practice writing your name, the alphabet, or numbers.  Click here.

Arbor Day

Celebrate Arbor Day by learning about trees and making a leaf print drawing.  Click here.

Dissect Chicken Egg

Learn which types of animals lay eggs.  Follow along as we dissect a chicken egg to see how eggs work to grow new life.  Click here.

STEAMpunk

Friedrich Mohs, a mineralogist.

 Learn how to field identify minerals by using the Mohs Hardness Scale.  Click here

Nintendo

Make your own extendable grabber. Click here

Jet Pack

Launch a fizzy jet pack inspired by inventor and engineer Juan Miguel Lozano.  Click here.

Dissection of Cow's eye

Follow along with a virtual dissection of a cow's eye and learn about ophthalmological pioneer Dr. Patricia Bath.  Click here.

Board Game

Design, build, and test your own board game inspired by game designer Lizzie Magey.  Click here.

Kinetoscope

Create a flipstick cartoon inspired by the inventor of the first moving picture machine, the kinetoscope, William Dickson.  Click here.

STEM Night

Super Hero's

Use your imagination and real science t describe your hero's origin and powers before drawing your own super hero comic strip.  Click here

Zombies

Use the laws of motion and some homemade tiny defenses to protect yourself from hordes of tiny zombies. Click here

Build a Mars Rover

Build a model rover to explore the Martian landscape.  Click Here for instructions

Animal Anatomy Exploration

Follow along with this virtual dissection of a frog to learn about the anatomy of animals.  Click here

Studio Programs

Studio Art Demo

Paint a portrait of your pet. Click here

Learn how to throw clay on the wheel.  Click here

Learn how to make plaster pumpkins using balloons.  Click here

Learn how to make a zine.  Click here

Learn some new watercolor and marker techniques.  Click here

Learn how to paint a landscape using watercolors. Click here

Learn to make wearable art. Click here

Learn how to draw a landscape using pastels. Click here

Learn how to make collage mosaics.  Click here


Meet Art Instructors

Maria Click here

Cierra Click here


Summer Wednesdays

Dinosaur Night Lights

Make your own night light from a mason jar and brighten your room with dinosaur dazzle.  Click here

Gardening with Native Plants

Learn about the best native plants for gardens in the Las Cruces region with Dr. Ivette Guzman.  Click here

Teen Science Cafe

Fossils and Evolution.

Geologist Dr. Brian Hampton from New Mexico State University's Department of Geological Sciences will take you on a tour of the fossils in the Zuhl Museum.  Learn about the history of life on Earth.  Click here

Mapping the Crescent Moon

Learn how telescopes are controlled remotely.  Click here

Through a Different Lens: One Women's Experience in Vietnam

Frances Williams

Ms. Williams shares her life and story.  Click here

Woven Book Mark

This week, make a woven bookmark to use when reading your favorite book. 

SUPPLY LIST

  • 1-2 pieces of sturdy cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tape (optional)
  • Yarn (1-3 types)

DIRECTIONS

  • Gather supplies
  • Measure 0.25 inches from each end of the cardboard (1).
  • Cut 8-10 tabs from the edge to the measured line (2).
  • To make the weaving easier, cut two pieces of cardboard and tape to the loom as shown (3).
Woven bookmark craft project supplies on top of a table
  • String your loom with one type of yarn as shown (4).
  • Make a weaving loom with one type of yarn as shown.
  • Weave the yarn across the loom in an over/under pattern, when you reach the end of the loom, weave back to the start going "under/over" (6,7).
Cardboard cut in two pieces with strings of yarn,
  • Keep weaving "under/over" and back all the way down the loom (10). Make sure not to pull to tightly, leave some slack or you’ll get an hourglass shape (8).
Woven Bookmark completed laying on the table
  • Cut the strings on the back of your loom. Tie the ends together, two pieces at a time (10,11).
  • You now have a finished bookmark! (12)
Woven Bookmark 4