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Explore the galleries, examine specimens, and participate in activities led by museum educators in drawing classes and school vacation programs. Discover some of the wonders of the natural world in out-of-school programs

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Drawing Classes

Come be a part of the museum community. Drawing classes offer kids the opportunity to learn drawing techniques and examine the museum's collections more closely. Classes are taught by educator and artist Erica Beade.

 

 
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Summer Science Weeks 2014
July 7–August 8

Sign-up your kids to spend a week of their summer in the museum! Through a wide range of activities, games, and study in the galleries, students will learn and have fun. Class sizes are limited and advance registration is required. Review the descriptions below and register online. For questions, email: reservations (at) hmnh.harvard.edu.

 

UNCOVERING GEOLOGY
Entering grades 3–5

July 7–11, 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Explore the Earth from the inside out! Use experiments to investigate earth processes, learn how rocks and minerals can be clues to the geologic past, and discover how volcanoes and earthquakes help us understand the structure of the planet.

$150 members/$170 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 

UNDER THE SEA
Ages 4–5, with one adult

July 14–18, 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Dive into the sea and learn about marine animals and their under-water home! Investigate, explore, and learn through stories, songs, hands-on activities, crafts, observations of live animals, and gallery explorations. This program is designed for an adult/child team to work and learn together.

$150 members/$170 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 

DIGGING DINOSAURS
Entering grades 2–4

July 14–18, 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Investigate the prehistoric world of dinosaurs and other ancient beasts revealed through fossils. Examine specimens in the galleries and classroom, visit Harvard’s fossil research collections, and make your own fossil to take home.

$150 members/$170 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 

AMAZING ANIMALS
Entering grades 1–3

July 21–25, 9:30 am–12:00 pm

From slow-moving sloths to fast-swimming sharks, from tiny insects to giant giraffes, the world is full of amazing animals. Travel through the museum’s exhibits to learn about animals near and far. Explore your questions through crafts, games, and live animals.

$150 members/$170 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online.

 

CREATIVE ANIMAL ART: INVERTEBRATES
Entering grades 4–7

July 21–25, 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Examine the incredible insects, spiders, and shelled creatures on exhibit at the museum! Make art projects including wearable art, clay sculpture, tiles, and armor inspired by these animals.

$160 members/$180 nonmembers (this class price reflects an additional $10 materials fee). Advance registration required. Register online.

 

EARTH EXPLORERS
Entering grades 1–3

July 28–August 1, 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Our planet is an exciting place! Explore geology and paleontology using the museum’s collection and exhibits. Study rocks, fossils, volcanoes, and earthquakes through experiments, specimens, stories, and models.

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$150 members/$170 nonmembers. Advance registration required.  Register online.

 

CREATIVE ANIMAL ART: FORESTS
Entering grades 4–7

July 28–August 1, 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Immerse yourself in the forest exhibits at the museum! Inspired by your observations, create art such as a headdress, clay tiles, solar developed photos, or a photo collage.

$160 members/$180 nonmembers (this class price reflects an additional $10 materials fee). Advance registration required. Register online.

 

ANIMAL NATURALISTS
Entering grades 4–5 and grades 6–8

August 4–8, 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Combine your love for animals and drawing in this art and science program. With a museum educator, investigate the lives of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians. With artist Erica Beade, draw these animals from the exhibitions and classroom specimens while practicing a variety of drawing techniques.

$160 members/$180 nonmembers (this class price reflects an additional $10 materials fee). Advance registration required. Register online.

 
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Out-of-School Programs

Looking for activities for your out-of-school program? Explore our offerings here