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SUMMER 2017!

We are offering half day Youth Summer Exploratory Workshops from 9am - noon at the museum.

Wed. July 26th Ground Breaking Geology Level 1 (ages 5 - 8)

Fri. July 28th Ground Break Geology Level 2 (ages 9 - 12)

Wed. Aug. 2nd Perplexing Paleontology Level 1 (ages 5 - 8)

Fri. Aug. 4th Perplexing Paleontology Level 2 (ages 9 -12)

Cost $25 per participant or members $15 per participant

Register by coming in, calling us or printing and mailing in the registration form (see link below). Please call during normal business hours Tues. - Sat. 10am - 5pm at 826-4479.

Youth Summer 1/2 day program registration form (click here)

CAMP LEADERS.....Let us help you by using our 60 minutes programs for summer camps. This can be done on or off site this summer upon request. Fee $80 for each group of 20 students.

Programs offered:

Animating Astronomy: Kids can view how orbits change with mass and will make a solar system model to scale with realistic planet stickers they can take home. In addition, they will explore light and waves and make a see-through visible light spectrum as well as explore alien life by creating their own alien.

Ground Breaking Geology: Kids will learn about rocks using rock kits and hand held samples. They will learn about some of our local rocks, those that come from volcanoes, and those that change under heat and pressure. They will identify various minerals that many rocks are made of by applying a few fun and simple tests including streak, hardness, and luster.

Perplexing Paleontology: Kids will learn what fossils are and what fossils can tell us. They will be engaged by sorting and classifying real fossils while learning some facts about dinosaurs. They will excavate fossil paddies and will see some of the amazing fossil specimens we have from our collection.




We accomodate field trips from groups of all ages. For groups over 15, cost is $1 per student. Chaperones are free. Currently, groups need to be self-lead.


COMING SOON: We will be offering newly updated and aligned K-8 educational programs in Fall 2017! Stay tuned!


Currently we have some self-lead activities available to assist visiting groups ages 6 - 16 including a scavenger hunt, a mineral word game, and a Walk Around the Block of Time activity. We can get these things ready for you if you give us a head's up.

We hope to have these items downloadable on our website soon.

We appreciate your feedback.



2016 NATURAL RESOUCES SCIENCE CAMPS are over and we appreciate everyone that helped us out.

Thanks to all of our sponsors who helped us get these camps off the ground: Coast Central Credit Union, City of Arcata, Codding Foundation, Humboldt Sponsors, Humboldt State University, Kokatat, Redwood Capital Bank, and Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise.

More thanks to other donors: Piersons Building Center and Stillwater Sciences and those that volunteered their time.


John Di Martini and kids at the Samoa Boat Launch

On our way to Jacoby Creek for water sampling

A visit to Nature Joe's at the Redwood Fairgrounds

A fun art project - creating a nature diorama

webquest imageAttention Teachers: we now have downloadable webquests to use with our virtual exhibits. These are 30 minute computer-based lessons that can be used as a pre and/or post visit assessment of student learning.

See our exhibit link to assist you.