Hands-on Programming

Take a hands-on approach to exploring the natural world. These informal programs offer just the right combination of guided instruction and discovery-based learning.

Outside In

Boy getting a very close look at a large lizard held by a volunteer in Outside In

Experience the outdoors—inside! A tortoise, rabbit, legless lizard, and hissing cockroach are just a few of the live animals that you might meet in our discovery center. Investigate different habitats, examine a real meteorite, search for fossil footprints, dig for shark teeth, watch a working beehive, and more!

Pre-K–4th Grade
35 minutes
$40 for 10-30 students or
$75 for 31-60 students

Reservations required

The Big Dig

two boys digging for dinosaurs in The Big Dig

Let’s go fossil hunting! Become a field paleontologist and dig for dinosaur fossils in a setting straight out of the badlands. Academy educators teach you how to use the tools of the trade, supervise the digging, and help identify fossil finds.

Pre-K–5th Grade
20 minutes
$30 for 10-30 students or
$55 for 31-60 students

Reservations required

 

Butterflies!

live butterfly feeding on flowers

Stroll among beautiful LIVE butterflies and moths from around the world in our year-round tropical garden. Watch colorful adults emerge from their pupae and discover other forms of metamorphosis.

20-minutes
$1.50 per student

Reservations required