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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky will be the theme for this art activity. Follow along with these instructions Click here
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
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
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
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
Build an electroscope to observe the transfer of electrostatic charge. Click here
Make a melty treat with a homemade solar oven. Click here
Make your own ice cream by changing the physical properties of your ingredients. Click here.
Use polymers to take your slime to the next level. Adjust your recipe to make a bouncy ball. Click here.
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.
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
These “moon-shaped traces” were made by horseshoe crabs digging. Click here
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
These shelled animals live on the seabed in cold and tropical waters. Click here
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
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
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.
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
New Mexico Bats
Activity instructions are listed here. Click here
Learn about night flyers like the New Mexico owls. Activity instructions are n English and Spanish. Click here
Learn about the moon with this activity from the Museum of Nature and Science. Click here
Scale it down to fit in your pocket! For instructions in English and Spanish Click here
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.
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.
Meet stegosaurus and practice writing your name, the alphabet, or numbers. Click here.
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.
Friedrich Mohs, a mineralogist.
Learn how to field identify minerals by using the Mohs Hardness Scale. Click here
Make your own extendable grabber. Click here
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.
Design, build, and test your own board game inspired by game designer Lizzie Magey. Click here.
Create a flipstick cartoon inspired by the inventor of the first moving picture machine, the kinetoscope, William Dickson. Click here.
Use your imagination and real science t describe your hero's origin and powers before drawing your own super hero comic strip. Click here
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 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
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
Woven Book Mark
This week, make a woven bookmark to use when reading your favorite book.
- 1-2 pieces of sturdy cardboard
- Tape (optional)
- Yarn (1-3 types)
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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)