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 2015 Youth Naturalist programming has concluded, and we’re hard at work developing our 2016 offerings. In the meantime, be sure to check out our Overnights, Homeschool, and Super Science Series programs to keep exploring throughout the year!

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Past Program

Youth Naturalist Institute

Insect Extravaganza

Saturday, October 17
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Recommended for children in grades 5–8 (ages 10–14)

Calling all future entomologists—get on board for an insect extravaganza like no other! In this Saturday exploration, we’ll dig deep into the incredible world of insects. Learn about biodiversity and what it can teach scientists about the changing world around us. Explore life cycles of different insects and their significance as indicators of environmental health. Dig into the ways other scientists use insects as model organisms, study the museums’ world-class specimen collections, and meet with current museum staffers to learn about their unique research projects.