Open for School Spring Break:  

Monday, March 27—Friday, March 31.  Plan your visit.

In these interactive spaces, you can use scientific tools and museum specimens to answer questions and solve problems. Our labs offer activities most appropriate for ages 6 and up. 

  • The Nature Lab is an engaging environment full of animal, plant, rock, and fossil displays. The lab offers hands-on activities using these natural history collections.

  • The Micro Worlds Lab offers opportunities to use microscopes and lab equipment to explore topics such as the biodiversity of microscopic organisms, cells, genetics, and developmental biology. 

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Schedule subject to change.

New Program!

A Splash of Microbe Science
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Micro Worlds Lab
Ages: 5 and up

Microorganisms, or microscopic organisms, live where no other life can live- like at the bottom of the ocean, in geysers, and in the Dead Sea.  But did you know your local ponds are also teeming with microbial life?  Roll up your sleeves and prepare to look at these pond water microbes using a microscope.  What types of microbes live in ponds, and what purpose do they serve?  Get ready to draw, color, and identify microbes in this hands-on activity.


The labs can be booked for group programs.