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Many programs are available for booking this fall, with more exciting experiences returning in the spring. Click on the links for each program to confirm availability. Book your program today!

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Virtual Heart

Grades 3 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Available for bookings now!

Get your students' pulse going with this live dissection experience. Your class will participate in interactive experiments and discussion, as well as guide the dissection of a real sheep heart.

Virtual Lung

Grades 3 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Available for bookings now!

Take your classes' breath away as they get to peer inside the respiratory system. Explore lung anatomy while observing a sheep lung dissection and participate in activities, then make observations to learn how the respiratory system works.

Virtual Art Station: Titan

Grades 1 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Available for bookings now!

Blast off to new discoveries with this live program that merges space science and scientific illustration! Titan is Saturn's largest moon and one of the most fascinating places in our solar system. Students and teachers will learn how to capture their own Titan investigations using scientifically accurate illustrations, just as other great scientists have done throughout history. 

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Virtual New Me

Grades 5 - 6

Virtual Science Academy

Available for bookings now!

Explore the physical, emotional and chemical changes to the human body during a sensitive, respectful, co-ed discussion led by a professional educator. Ask honest questions and get honest answers. This class is now only offered as a Distance Learning course.

Virtual You've Got Guts

Grades 3 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

This experience will return in 2022! Sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date on our offerings.

Are your students hungry for new learning? Explore the cells and organs of our digestive system, a.k.a. your guts, from saliva to bile and rugae to villi. Learn how your guts work with other body systems to break down food to be used as building materials and to provide a raw energy source for all living cells in the body.

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Virtual Sculpt-a-saurus

Grades 2 - 5

Virtual Science Academy

This experience will return in 2022! Sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date on our offerings.

Science and art collide to bring the past to life! Your students will take a journey of discovery and creation as they use real fossil evidence to sculpt their very own dinosaurs. This fun class blends live virtual instruction from a Museum educator with mixed digital media, kinesthetic activities, and two-way interactivity. Students piece together clues that teach them about dinosaurs and show them how scientists and artists work together to understand the deep past. Sculpt-a-saurus introduces learners to scientific methodology as well as paleontology, fossilization, erosion, adaptation, and climate.

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Scientists in Action: Imaging the Ancient World

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, September 30, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Have you ever looked at a fossil fragment or a bed of bones encased in rock and  thought, “how do paleontologists know what they’re looking at?” It’s all about having the  right tools to get the job done.  

In the Digital Research Lab at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the “right tools” include microCT scanners and high-powered computers. These imaging tools create colorful, movable animations that let researchers look inside chunks of rock or examine minute details, revealing features and finds that could have gone undiscovered. Join lead technician Lindsay Dougan for a digital look behind the scenes of the Museum and at research on the cutting edge, and ask your questions of the experts.  

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Scientists in Action: Seeing into Space with IXPE

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, October 28, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Space is filled with exotic astronomical objects like neutron stars and supermassive black holes— light-years from Earth, hard to see and even harder to study. But powerful tools can help, including NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) spacecraft. The telescopes onboard IXPE will observe the X-rays produced by these faraway features, particularly the direction that these X-rays are vibrating, known as “polarization.” Join the expert spacecraft designers and builders at Ball Aerospace as they describe what it takes to create an observatory like IXPE and what IXPE will teach us when it launches later this year.  

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Scientists in Action: T. rex to Turkey

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, November 18, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Did you know that every time you enjoy a meal of chicken, duck, or turkey, you are actually enjoying some delicious dinosaur? That’s right – every bird alive today, from ostrich to oriole, pigeon to penguin, are descendants of theropod dinosaurs like T. rex and Velociraptor. But how did this change occur? What clues do scientists look for? Find out on this virtual behind-the-scenes trip with Museum paleontologists and ornithologists as they explore evolution with fossils, natural history collections, and more. Your questions will guide our exploration and will ensure that you never think of Thanksgiving dinner the same way again!

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Scientists in Action: Animal Anatomy

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, December 16, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Are you an adorer of animals? Delighted by dissection, or fascinated by feathers and fur? Then you have something in common with Andie Carrillo, Zoology Preparator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Andie works behind the scenes of the museum, studying animal specimens to learn about their lives and environments from their physical characteristics, and preparing each specimen to be studied by other researchers for years to come.  Join Andie for an in-depth look at her fascinating career and a glimpse at how museums contribute to the study of our natural world. Your students’ questions will guide our exploration!

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Digital Earth Academy: Climate Change

Grades 6 - 12

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Evidence of climate change is all around us: rising temperatures, shrinking glaciers, and more  extreme weather tell the story of a planet in transition. Where on the Earth’s surface can we  observe these changes? How are humans creating, experiencing, and adapting to these  effects?  What useful strategies do we have in our tool kit to help us move towards a resilient  future? Join Museum experts for an upbeat virtual expedition across our changing world, guided  by your questions and reflections.

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Digital Earth Academy: Weather

Grades 6 - 12

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.  

What makes tropical islands so blissfully warm, and the planet’s poles so much colder? How do features on the Earth’s surface like mountain ranges and ocean currents influence weather conditions across the globe? It has been said that climate is what you expect and weather is what you get...we will help explain the differences with graphic examples. Join us for exploration of weather both wild and mild, guided by student questions and interactive polls.

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Digital Earth Academy: Fire

Grades 6 - 12

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.  

Fire is a powerful force that has shaped our planet for millions of years, burning forests, grasslands and more to make way for new growth. But fire also brings destruction, reducing homes to rubble and filling skies with smoke. How can something so restorative be so harmful? What role does fire play in ecosystems across the globe? What positive steps can we all take to reduce the danger from fires?  Take a live, virtual look at fearsome fire, shaped by student questions and reflections. 

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Digital Earth Academy: Biodiversity

Grades 6 - 12

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time. 

Certain regions of the Earth have such an abundance of life that they have earned the title “biodiversity hotspots,” while others are home to only a small number of species. What makes an ecosystem a fitting — or not so fitting — environment? Why do places like rainforests, coral reefs and more teem with life? What positive steps are being taken to preserve and protect areas of high biodiversity?  Explore the ingredients for biodiversity on this virtual tour of our planet, guided by student questions and led by Museum experts.

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Mind & Brain Education Mini-Conference

Grades K - 12

Saturday, October 2

Featuring Keynote Presenter, Andrew Watson, Nationally Recognized Educator, Author, and Founder of Translate the Brain.

Join us at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for a day of "Mind & Brain Education" presented and attended by local K-12 educators and experts with a common interest in applying psychology and neuroscience to their practice as they learn about things like:  

  • How do we learn? 
  • How do we regulate emotion? 
  • What motivates and demotivates learners? 
  • The Science of Belonging & Agency 
  • The Adolescent Brain 

We are bringing together local facilitators who will present some evidence-based strategies that you can walk away and use tomorrow.  Choose between several 90-minute concurrent mini-sessions held in 3 rounds. 

Mind and Brain Education Mini-Conference Program

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Archive: 2020-2021 Tools @ Tea Time Program

K-12 TPD

Teachers! Grab your afternoon tea and log in for an end-of-the day boost, with tips and resources from the Museum Teacher Professional Development Team and an opportunity to share strategies with other teachers about remote and hybrid learning.

Archive: Explore Before Explain with Pat Brown (Webinar)

Grades 3 - 8

Original Program Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Take a moment to connect online with other teachers and pick up some new tips to spruce up and deepen your lessons for the end of the year.

The Social-Emotional Brain: Harnessing humanity to reach common goals

Grades K - 12

In-Person
Jan 8 & 22, 2022  (8am-3pm), February  5 , 2022 (9am- noon)

On-Line (Asynchronous)
Jan 9-Feb 5  Three Weekly Implementation Assignments & Discussion Forum ( approx 2-3 hrs per week for 3 weeks)

What does the science of learning teach us about emotion regulation, motivation, belonging, and agency? What makes for deeply satisfying learning experiences?  How can we use insights about these questions from field-tested mind and brain science research to improve classroom equity and get our students to voluntarily own their learning?  This course aims to give you tools that you can walk away with tomorrow as well as the opportunity to interact with peers and experts, giving YOU the deeply satisfying learning experiences you need to stay motivated.

Topics:

  • Equity & Belonging
  • Triggering Flow State
  • Mindset
  • The Role of Choice
  • Strategies for student metacognition and growth tracking
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Museum 101

Specially designed for preservice teachers, these in-depth sessions provide science or social studies content knowledge based on your group’s goals, explore the Museum’s unique resources that support curriculum, and introduce programs available for teachers and school groups.

Contact us at [email protected] to schedule.

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Built to Fly

Grades 2 - 5

Curiosity Kits

Discover the marvels of natural engineering! Explore the secrets of nature’s best fliers as your students build gliders and experiment with wing structures inspired by insects, birds, and bats. Imaginations will soar as your students learn about flight through this hands-on design challenge. A maximum of 105 students can be accommodated over three days.

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Lost Worlds of Colorado

Grades 2 - 5

Curiosity Kits

From tropical rainforests to saltwater shores—surprise, discovery, and creativity await! Dig into Colorado’s past using the scientific process as paleontologists and geologists do. Analyze evidence and iconic discoveries, and create simulations of Colorado’s lost worlds where dinosaurs once roamed.

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Powered By Nature

Grades 4 - 8

Curiosity Kits

Harness the power of Colorado’s natural resources in this hands-on game of geographic discovery and real-world ingenuity. Teams will be challenged to power cities across Colorado while balancing energy needs with environmental impacts and cost. Colorado’s future is in the hands of your students!

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Invisible Forces: A Physics Challenge

Grades 4 - 8

Wonder Workshops

Now accepting bookings for programs on or after January 10, 2022

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Race against the clock and use the invisible forces all around us to uncover mysterious codes and secrets. Your classroom will become a physics laboratory, where students will build, experiment, complete hands-on challenges, and reveal the physics behind sound waves, air pressure, and electricity. Let the adventure begin!

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Mission To Mars

Grades 3 - 6

Wonder Workshops

Now accepting bookings for programs on or after January 10, 2022.

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Blast off on a journey of discovery and make room for a space station orbiting Mars, transporting your classroom of young astronauts. This transformation will challenge your group to use teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity to solve problems and design the future of space travel. Your Mars mission takes science to a new stratosphere! Junior astronauts will be left feeling inspired by human ingenuity and the universe around them.

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Wild Senses

Grades PreK - 2

Wonder Workshops

Now accepting bookings for programs on or after January 10, 2022.

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We will transform your room into a natural wonderland ready to be explored. Young learners take on animal behaviors to experience the natural world around them, as animals would. Kids smell out their food like a squirrel, hunt in the dark like a raccoon, and use infrared detection to see prey like a snake. An adventurous Museum educator will guide your explorers as they discover adaptation and senses firsthand through animals’ wild senses. This program will amaze and delight your animals—er, kids—with pretend play and fun, educational activities.

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Body Systems in Motion

Grades 4 - 8

Wonder Workshops

Now accepting bookings for programs on or after January 10, 2022.

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Get your body systems up and running while racing against the clock to complete challenges about your own body. The entire group will work together to bring their avatar to life.

Heart Lab

Now accepting bookings for programs on or after October 1, 2021

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Explore the human body and the parts and function of the circulatory system using hands-on investigations and small-group dissections of real sheep hearts. 

Lung Lab

Now accepting bookings for programs on or after October 1, 2021

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Explore the human body and the parts and function of the respiratory system using hands-on investigations and small-group dissections of real sheep lungs.

The Bear Necessities

Now accepting bookings for programs on or after October 1, 2021

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In this studio program facilitated by a professional museum educator, your students will be immersed in a Colorado habitat as they become black bears and search for food, water, and shelter. Also, explore the Bears & Sea Mammals diorama halls using an exhibit guide that is designed to connect your class with the exhibition and learn through play in the Discovery Zone.

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Dinosaur Detectives

Now accepting bookings for programs on or after October 1, 2021

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Become a paleontologist in this studio program. Facilitated by a professional Museum educator, your uncover clues from the past in order to imagine what it was like when Colorado’s state dinosaur, Stegosaurus, roamed the land.

Unearth Colorado

Now accepting bookings for programs on or after October 1, 2021

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Dig up Colorado’s prehistoric past! Use real prehistoric evidence found in fossil analysis to become a junior paleontologist.

Amazing Animal Adaptations

Now accepting bookings for programs on or after October 1, 2021

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In this fun, interactive adventure, your students will use a keepsake trading card game to explore how animals use specialized senses and parts of their body to adapt to their environment.

 

Mystery at the Museum

This experience will return in 2022! Sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date on our offerings.

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Explore the museum using your detective skills in an interactive museum experience that sends you in search of clues and challenges in order to uncover museum mysteries.

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Unraveling Mummies: Modern Technology, Dissection, and Ancient Egypt

Now accepting bookings for programs on or after October 1, 2021

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Modern technology allows us to view and study mummies like we never before. Using CT scans and dissections of a real sheep heart, students dig into the culture, anatomy, beliefs, and mummification and burial practices exercised by ancient Egyptians.

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School Camp-in: Best of the Museum

Grades 3 - 6

Overnight Adventures

Design Your Own Adventure

Grades K - 8

Design Your Own

Feeling creative? This option allows you to plan your own adventure at the Museum. Curate your trip to meet your group's needs with temporary exhibitions, IMAX films, and Planetarium shows. Permanent exhibitions and Museum entry are free for PreK-12 school and youth groups.

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