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School Programs & Educator Events

We've got a lot to offer.

For a limited time, all schools qualify for a minimum of 50% off student programs offered virtually, sent to your school, or at the Museum. All programs must be completed by 5/21/2021.

Virtual Experiences

Connect with the Museum virtually! [...]

Teacher Professional Development

We've got something for everyone–including teachers. [...]

Onsite: At the Museum

Programs that take place right here at 2001 Colorado Blvd. [...]

Offsite: At Your Place

Don't want to travel? No sweat, we'll come to you! [...]

Digital Earth Academy: World of Extremes

Grades 8 - 12

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.  

Towering peaks, deep trenches, scorching heat and pools of acid – these are just a few features that make Earth an extraordinary place. Visit the most extreme parts of our planet, including places so harsh that life seems miraculous and places humans can’t easily reach. What makes these locations so special? What can these extreme spots teach us? Find out with the help of Museum experts on this extreme adventure.  

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Digital Earth Academy: Oceans

Grades 8 - 12

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.  

Dive beneath the oceans, the least well-known part of our planet. Examine the geology of the ocean floors, and learn how they shape our world via plate tectonics. We’ll see the largest reefs and the smallest atolls, and discover the impacts of climate change on ocean life. Join Museum experts on a tour of the mysterious deep, guided by your questions and observations. 

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Scientists in Action: Imaging the Ancient World

Grades 4 - 12

Scientists In Action

Thursday, May 6, 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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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. Materials will be provided.

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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 Sculpt-a-saurus

Grades 2 - 5

Virtual Science Academy

Currently booking for the Fall 2020-2021 school year!

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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Virtual Lung

Grades 3 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Currently booking for the Fall 2020-2021 school year!

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.

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Virtual You've Got Guts

Grades 3 - 8

Virtual Science Academy

Currently booking for the Fall 2020-2021 school year!

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 New Me

Grades 5 - 6

Virtual Science Academy

Currently booking for the Fall 2020-2021 school year!

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.

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Tools @ Tea Time (On Tuesdays with Tim & Ana)

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.

Explore Before Explain Pt 2 with Pat Brown

Grades K - 8

Thursday and Friday, June 24 & 25 from 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m.–noon

Led by educator & author Pat Brown, Explore Before Explain is a one-stop professional development that will inspire you to reimagine how you teach. This session shows how simple shifts in the way you arrange and combine activities will help students construct knowledge, while allowing you to prepare for the revised Colorado Science Standards and put them into practice. 

(No prerequisite course required. Educators who took Part 1 in a previous summer can take this for credit also.) 

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Blended On-Line Course - Argumentation: The Language of Inquiry

Grades K - 12

Summer Synchronous (6 mornings)
Monday–Thursday, June 28–July 1, 2021 (9 a.m.–noon)
Tuesday–Wednesday, July 6–7, 2021 (9 a.m.–noon)

6 Week Asynchronous Classroom Implementation
September 6 -October 17, 2021

Fall Synchronous (at Museum for locals)
Saturday, October 16, 2021 (8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.)


Discover new ways to get all learners in your classroom excited about the “sense-making” part of their investigations, simulations and labs. During this on-line and face-to-face course, you will learn-by-doing practical strategies to enrich and motivate your students’ discourse, writing and reading. Have fun as you observe, practice, plan and implement research-based strategies that support all learners.

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Summer 2021 Field Seminars

Grades K - 12

Recreate and Rejuvenate your soul by spending a few beautiful days in the mountains learning with colleagues. Help your students to better understand environmental issues and how to become environmental citizens. This summer, in place of our traditional annual three-day summer course for teachers, we are offering three one-day field seminars in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park.  An optional overnight camping experience with astronomy is available.  

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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.

Archive: Making Argumentation Work in On-Line Environments (Webinar)

Grades 5 - 12

Original Program Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020

How can we use scientific argumentation as a way to continue building community and connection with our students in on-line learning environments? What might Argumentation look like on-line? 

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

Not available at this time, but we expect for it to be available for the 2021-2022 school year.

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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

Not available at this time, but we expect for it to be available for the 2021-2022 school year.

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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

Not available at this time, but we expect for it to be available for the 2021-2022 school year.

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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

Not available at this time, but we expect for it to be available for the 2021-2022 school year.

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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

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

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.

Unraveling Mummies: Modern Technology, Dissection, and Ancient Egypt

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.

The Bear Necessities

Not available at this time, but we expect for it to be available for the 2021-2022 school year.

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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

Not available at this time, but we expect for it to be available for the 2021-2022 school year.

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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.

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Unearth Colorado

Not available at this time, but we expect for it to be available for the 2021-2022 school year.

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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

Not available at this time, but we expect for it to be available for the 2021-2022 school year.

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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.

 

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Mystery at the Museum

Not available at this time, but we expect for it to be available for the 2021-2022 school year.

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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.

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.

Field Trip Adventures

Grades PreK - 8

Field Trip Adventures

If a fully planned and guided day sounds like a dream come true, let our Field Trip Adventures do the work by maximizing your fun with activities designed to align with Colorado Academic Standards.

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