Education & Tours

Summer Workshops for K-5

This year’s theme is “Leaving Your Mark” in conjunction with our new exhibit, “Steps in Stone, Walking Through Time.” Come and learn how ancient animals from the very large to the very small left evidence of their lives. Our Archaeology days will show your kids how humans have left their mark, and what we can learn about ancient cultures from the artifacts we find. From dinosaurs and insects to deep sea creatures, our topics are sure to engage your children and make an impression on their summer!

Each workshop meets for three hours from 9:00 am - noon on Friday mornings at the CU Museum of Natural History on the CU-Boulder Campus. Healthy snacks will be provided.

The fee is $25 per workshop (10% Discount for MuseumKids members and CU Faculty/Staff). Advance registration and payment required (cash, check, or credit card).

Please choose from the dates and topics listed below. To begin the registration process, fill out the Summer Workshop Registration Form OR call us at 303-492-1666 or email

We look forward to exploring the world with your child this summer!







2015 Workshops

For students in kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade:

Sticks and Stones: June 12 and July 17

Everything people build comes from the earth. What we build influences who we are, and everything we build leaves our mark on the world. We’ll explore rock paintings, stone tools, teepees and more. Join us to experience humans’ amazing ability to use every day objects to bring their dreams to life!

Pollinators in Your Backyard: June 19 and August 7

Birds and bees are just two of the many creatures that keep flowers blooming, trees fruiting, and vegetables growing. Engage all your senses to explore the shapes, colors, smells, tastes, and even the sounds of pollination.

Walk the Earth with Dinosaurs: June 26 and July 31

There are some mighty big dinosaur footprints to fill, but more kid-sized ones than you might expect. We’ll tromp around to figure out what the dinosaurs were doing long, long ago, and what the tracks we leave behind say about us.

Wildlife Detectives: July 10 and July 24

Scat, skeletons, and footprints - these are just a few of the clues that animals leave behind to tell us their stories. We’ll check on motion-triggered cameras and tracking stations to investigate the animals who wander campus under the cover of night. Explore real museum specimens. Build a toolkit to take home so you can discover who visits your backyard and how you can live in harmony with the wild around us.

For students in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade:

Fossil Tracks: Tails, Teeth and Toes: June 12 and July 10

Whether they slithered, crawled, sprinted, or shuffled, animals have left behind evidence of their movement going back hundreds of millions of years. But what else besides our feet can we use to leave tracks? From some of the first steps even taken on dry land to bite marks, dragged tails, and skin imprints, explore how the earliest animals left behind traces in the fossil record.

Talking Trash: June 19 and July 17

Garbage is a gold mine! It gives us a glimpse into the lives of people in the past and provides resources to improve lives of the future. Join us for this archaeological exploration of trash from the past. Recycle trash of the present and think about what you will leave behind for the future.

Wild about Water: June 26 and July 31

Water from the mountains flows past us every day. Spend some time with it as it moves through campus, providing a rich habitat for an abundance of life.  We’ll journey outside and inspect this life source and examine some of the many creatures that call these waters home.

Creep into the Deep: June 24 and August 7

Animals dressed in red velvet, some as transparent as glass, and others that flash and ripple with light so bright they could light a room. Every animal and discovery in the deep is weirder and more wonderful than the next. We'll join WhaleTimes, Inc. and a dream team of marine biologists as they explore the deep sea in the Gulf of Mexico. You'll be a Virtual Member of a real Science Team in real time as they explore vision and bioluminescence in animals living more than a mile under the ocean surface. Join us and become part of ocean history!   (Research funded by NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, award #NA14OAR0110264)