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Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science offers free programs


The Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science (MONAS) will offer free programs for children and families in January, the City of Las Cruces said in a news release.

Admission to the museum and the programs is free. Registration is not required for any of these activities.

Here is the January programming at MONAS:

“Nature & Science Discovery PreK,” 10 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Nurture your little one’s love of science as they investigate colors through hands-on explorations, stories and crafts. Recommended for ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver.

“Saturday Science – Fossilization,” 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 7. Learn how fossils are formed through hands-on experiments and specimens. Recommended for ages 6 and up with an adult caregiver.

“Teen Takeover: Back to School Self Care,” 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11. This program is exclusively for teens ages 12-17, as they play with the exhibits, make and experiment with STEAM activities (including do-it-yourself bath bombs and aromatherapy), eat snacks and play games during these extended hours just for them.

“FOSSILS!” 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 21. Explore the 3.5-billion-year odyssey of life with a geologist and real fossil specimens. See the remains of and learn about the earliest life on Earth from the Precambrian Era 4.6 billion years ago.

“STEAMpunk – Ynes Mexia, botanist,” 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28. Discover the stories behind science heroes who break barriers and explore the application of their research through hands-on experiments and activities. One great example is Ynes Mexia, a Mexican-American botanist who documented many plant species in Mexico and South America. Inspired by her life’s work, learn about plants and their life cycle by planting sunflower seeds. No registration is required. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

“Live Animal Feedings,” 11 a.m., Saturdays, Jan. 8 and 15. Watch and learn how different species of animals eat and what they eat in the MONAS gallery. For all ages.

“Animal Encounters,” 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 28. Get up close and personal with the reptiles of the MONAS Nature Center, learn about the Chihuahuan Desert’s biodiversity and meet some of the museum’s resident animals. For all ages.

For more information, contact Stephanie Hawkins at 575-532-3372 and shawkins@lascruces.gov.

MONAS, 411 N. Main St. downtown, is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 1.

Visit www.lascruces.gov/museums and follow Las Cruces Museums on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LCMuseums.