Summer Science Weeks

  • Jul 06

    Summer Science Week: Creepy Crawly Critters

    Jul 06, 9:30am to Jul 10, 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    For children entering grades 1-2

    Explore the amazing world of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates. Meet a tarantula, search for millipedes, and listen to the hiss of a giant cockroach. Invent a “superbug” to take home, and compare its feats to those of real bugs.

    Monday–Friday, July 6-10, 9:30am to 12:00pm

    Fee: $150 members/$170 non-members.
  • Jul 06

    Summer Science Week: Digging Dinosaurs

    Jul 06, 9:30am to Jul 10, 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    For children entering grades 3-5

    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.

    Monday–Friday, July 6-10, 9:30am to 12:00pm

    This class is full.  Please email the Reservations Department to be added to the wait list.

  • Jul 13

    Summer Science Week: Amazing Animals

    Jul 13, 9:30am to Jul 17, 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    For children entering grades 1-3

    From slow-moving sloths to fast-swimming sharks, and 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 the animal kingdom through crafts, games, and live creature observation.

    Monday–Friday, July 13-17, 9:30am to 12:00pm

    Fee: $150 members/$170 non-members.
  • Jul 13

    Summer Science Week: Creative Animal Art – Islands

    Jul 13, 9:30am to Jul 17, 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    For children entering grades 4-7

    Examine animals specific to islands, and use them to spark your creativity. Madagascan aye-ayes, large lizards, or tropical birds could inspire a papier-mâché animal mask. Observing iridescent beetles and ancient fossils might suggest wearable art shapes.  

    Monday–Friday, July 13-17, 9:30am to 12:00pm

    Fee: $150 members/$170 non-members.
  • Jul 20

    Summer Science Week: Time Travelers

    Jul 20, 9:30am to Jul 24, 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue

    For children entering grades 4-6

    Travel back in time to "meet" people from times long past. Become a band of hunter-gatherers and use stone tools; make rubbings of a Maya hieroglyph; study an Australopithecus or Neanderthal skull; investigate fossils from the Ice Ages to figure out what everyday life was like.

    Friday, July 20-24, 9:30am to 12:00pm

    Co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. 

  • Jul 20

    Summer Science Week: In the Forest

    Jul 20, 9:30am to Jul 24, 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Ages 4–5

    Explore the wonders of New England’s forests inside the museum! Investigate, explore, and learn through stories, songs, hands-on activities, crafts, live animals, and gallery explorations. This program is designed for adult/child teams to work and learn together.

    Monday–Friday, July 20-24, 9:30am to 12:00pm

    Fee: $150 members/$170 non-members.
  • Jul 27

    Summer Science Week: Earth Explorers

    Jul 27, 9:30am to Jul 31, 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    For children entering grades 1-2

    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.

    July 27-31, 9:30am to 12:00pm

    Fee: $150 members/$170 non-members.
  • Jul 27

    Summer Science Week: Uncovering Geology

    Jul 27, 9:30am to Jul 31, 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    For children entering grades 3-5

    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.

    Monday–Friday, July 27-31, 9:30am to 12:00pm
    Fee: $150 members/$170 non-members.

  • Aug 03

    Summer Science Week: Animal Naturalists

    Aug 03, 9:30am to Aug 07, 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

    Two sections: one for children entering grades 4-5 and one for children entering grades 6-8

    Combine your love of 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 animals from the exhibitions and classroom and practice various drawing techniques. 

    Monday–Friday, August 3-7, 9:30am to 12:00pm