Youth Naturalist Institute

Youth Naturalist Institute is a Saturday exploration opportunity where middle school students meet museum scientists and conduct original investigations using the museum’s exhibitions and collections. Youth Naturalist Institute seeks to raise awareness about environmental issues and share the excitement of scientific discovery with middle school explorers.

Our Youth Naturalist Institute programs have concluded for this school year, but be sure to check out our Youth Museum Institute summer camp offerings for 2016!

Past Program

Youth Naturalist Institute: Pterosaurs

Soar to New Heights: Pterosaurs

Saturday, March 5
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Recommended for children in grades 5–8 (ages 10–13)

In this Saturday exploration, we’ll take off on a flight-based adventure like no other! Learn about the evolution of flight and explore the ways humans continue to mimic nature’s flight path as we have taken to the skies. Conduct experiments to determine the most advantageous body shapes for different types of flight and dig into comparative anatomy as you search for connections between dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and modern birds and reptiles! Delve into the museums’ world-class specimen collections and meet with educators to learn more about flight in the natural world.