Virtual Activities

Animal Encounters

Invertebrates

Desert Tarantula.  Click here

The Desert Hairy Scorpion. Click here

Amphibians

Woodhouse toad.Click here

Axolotls, a member of the Salamander family.  Click here

Reptiles

Houdini is the Nature Center's resident Gread Plains Rat Snake that is nonvenomous. Click here

The Texas Banded Gecko is a species that is native to the Chihuahuan Desert.  Click here

Desert Millipede

The Desert Millipede can be found throughout Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Click here

Animal Feeding

Turtles

Zilla, the snapping turtle is featured.  Click here

The Nature Center's Western Painted Turtles enjoy a meal of shrimp.  Click here

A Big Bend Slider eats mice. Click here

This month Elizabeth eats a meal of mice. Click here

Elizabeth, the Spiny Softshell Turtle enjoys a meal of shrimp. Click here

The Nature Center's Desert Box Turtle and Ornate Box Turtle eat a meal. Click here

Residents of the Nature Center's community turtle tank enjoy a meal of shrimp.  Click here 

Observe a Sonoran Mud Turtle using his long claws to help tackle a large piece of shrimp.  Click here

Everyone's favorite snapping turtle, Zilla, enjoys a snack of frozen-thawed mice.  Click here

Red Spotted Toads

'Kermit and Ms. Piggy' enjoy a delicious spread of mealworms.  Click here

Snakes

Pueblan Milksnake is featured today.  Click here

Western Diamondback rattlesnake-taxidermy. Click here

Inga, the Hognose snake isn't hungry today, watch her reaction. Click here

Houdini, a Great Plains Rat Snake.  Click here

The Nature Center shows a baby Mexican Black Kingsnake.  Click here

Candy Corn, the Nature Center's Albino Variable Kingsnake is sweet and gentle. Click here

Nelly, a female Gopher Snake.  Click here

Granny, a Desert Kinsgsnake, is seen eating a mouse. Granny was hatched in captivity in 1988.  Click here

Granny, a Desert Kingsnake. Click here

Doughnut, the museum's resident Variable Kingsnake uses his tongue to 'taste the air' to find his prey.  Click here

Sprinkles, an Arizona Mountain Kingsnake, is a little beauty on display. Click here

Amphibians and Lizards

Watch the Colorado River Toad's back toes when prey has been spotted.  Click here

Red spotted toads feast on mealworms.Click here

Taco, a Colorado River Toad eats mice. Click here

Ivan, the Gila Monster enjoys a meal of mice. Click here

Gary, the Collared Lizard enjoying his basking spot. Click here

Collared Lizards Click here

A New Mexico Spadefoot eats mealworms. Click here

The Nature Center's resident Tiger Salamander and Woodhouse's toad eat from a tray of mealworms. Watch an overzealous toad and one annoyed salamander together.  *No animals were harmed in the making of this video.   Click here

Archaeology Day

Dripping Springs

Garrett Leitermann tells stories of the area’s history and its famous residents. Click here

Modoc Hill

In the late 1800s and early 1900s the mill was used to process galena ore and other minerals. Click here

Van Patten Mountain Camp

Eugene Van Patten, one of the important city leaders of early Las Cruces, built a grand hotel and resort on this spot in the late 1800s. Click here

Boyd Property

In the early 1900s, Dr. Nathan Boyd constructed a number of cottages and open-air tent areas on site to accommodate resort visitors who sought the high-altitude of the Organs to treat their respiratory related illnesses, such as tuberculosis. Click here

Hayner / Cox Ranch

Built by the Hayner family in the late 1930s and used by the Cox Ranch.  Click here

"Finding Common Ground between Science and Humanity (Indigenous Perspectives) in Archaeology." 

The discussion features Anthropology Professors at New Mexico State University.  Click here

Arte Cubano

Cuban Art Dance

Enjoy a lecture with Ms Neri Torres of UTEP.  Click here

Esterio Segura

Enjoy a conversation with Esterio Segura.Click here

Artventurous

Drip Painting

Make your own drip painting based on the work of Jackson Pollock. Click here

Franz Marc, Expressionist painter and printmaker

Make a drawing inspired by "Yellow Cow"

Expressionism

Use oil pastels and crayons to make your drawing.  Click here

Abstract Paintings

Use acrylics to create an abstract painting based on seasons and landscapes.  Click here

Abstract Paintings

Use watercolors to create an abstract painting based on scenery of a place you visited. Click here

Tell a Short Story

Write about a memorable experience from a trip and include a drawing to illustrate it.  Click here

Take a Journey through Art

Draw an outline of a State, Territory or Country and fill it in with places you've visited or would like to visit. Click here

Geometric Patterns

A fun art project weaving paper to make geometric patterns.  Click here

Geometric Patterns

Art based on tessellation. Click here

Charing Cross Bridge

Art activities based on the art of Claude Monet's Charing Cross Bridge in London, England.Click here

"Impression Sunrise"

We are highlighting the 1872 work of Claude Monet.  Click here

"The Magpie"

Highlighting the work of French artist Claude Monet. Click here

Land Art-Crop Circles

Make your own mini herb crop circle. Click here

Land Art-Painted Desert

Let's "paint" our own desert with sand based on the Painted Desert in Arizona. Click here

Land Art-City of Rocks

Make your own rock city based on the City of Rocks State Park in New Mexico. Click here

Magic Realism-Cardboard Creatures

Make a cardboard creature based on the work of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Click here

Magic Realism-Art Scrolls

Make an art scroll based on the work of Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Click here

Magic Realism-Bag Puppets

Make a bag puppet based on the work of American puppeteer Jim Henson. Click here

Magic Realism-Creature Drawings

Make a crazy creature based on the art of Swiss painter H. R. Giger.  Click here

Water Art-Sponge Painting

Make a sponge painting based on the work of Yves Klein.  Click here

Water Art-Bubble Painting

Bubble your way to a one-of-a-kind art piece.  Click here

Water Art-Paint Pouring

Let your creativity flow with paint pouring.  Click here

Water Art-Drip Painting

Make splashy paintings with water and food colorinig.  Click here

Arte Povera-Synthetic

Make a piece of art using rubber and plastic.  Click here

Arte Povera-Nature

Make a piece of art using natural materials.  Click here

Arte Povera-Kitchen Stuff

Make a piece of art using items in your kitchen.  Click here

Arte Povera-Paper Scraps

Make a piece of art using bits of paper.  Click here

Cuban Art-Enrique Martinez Celaya

A fun and challenging activity for you to make at home.  Click here

Cuban Art-Pedro Pablo Oliva

Click here for a fun activity to do at home.

Cuban Art-Alain Pino

For instructions Click here

Cuban Art-Atelier Morales

Your at home art adventure. Click here

Cuban Art-Miguel Florido

Have fun with this activity at home. Click here

Cuban Art - Rene Francisco

Enjoy a craft you can make at home.  Click here

Cuban Art - Frank Martinez

Instructions and materials to create your masterpiece are listed here. Click here

Cuban Art - Jose Bedia

For materials and instructions for your activity Click here

Cuban Art-Lidzie Alvisa

Your art activity will be based on her 2005 diptych "Girasoles de Van Gogh".  Click here

Cuban Art-Los Carpinteros

Your activity is based on their 2004 sculpture “Sandalia”. Click here

Cuban Art-Juan Carlos Rivera-Cintra.

A fun and challenging activity for you to make at home. Click here

Cuban Art-"Sin Titulo (Untitled)"

The featured art piece is Kcho's 2003 drawing.  Instructions are listed here.  Click here

Shapes--Geometric

By focusing on Frank Stella's 1967 art piece "Harran II" and its use of bold colors and geometric shapes you can create your own art.  Click here

Shapes--The Snail

We will focus on Henri Matisse's 1953 art piece "The Snail" and its bizarre yet intricate use of colors and abstract shapes. Click here

Shapes--Abstract circles

Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky will be the theme for this art activity.  Follow along with these instructions Click here

Shapes--Dutch Art

For a fun activity, focus on the Dutch Art style known as De Stijl. Click here

Weather & Sky--Starry Night

Instructions to make your own art using inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh's 1888 painting "Starry Night Over the Rhone".  Click here 

Weather & Sky--Snow

Focus on the snow and take inspiration from Vincent van Gogh's 1888 "Landscape with Snow".  Click here

Weather & Sky--Rain

Make your own arts and crafts from home, follow along with these graphics for the material list and instructions featuring the art of Vincent van Gogh, focusing on rain from his 1889 painting La Pluie (Rain).  Click here

Weather & Sky--Sun

Make your own arts and crafts from home, follow along with these graphics for the material list and instructions featuring the art of Vincent van Gogh, focusing on the sun from his 1888 painting, "The Sower". Click here

Weather & Sky--Wind

Make your own arts and crafts from home, follow along with these graphics for the material list and instructions featuring the art of Vincent van Gogh, focusing on wind from his series of paintings titled, "Wheat Field with Cypresses". Click here

Brown Bag Lecture

"Historic Preservation and the Maintenance of Memory"

Troy Ainsworth, Ph.D., talks about Historic Preservation.  Click here

"The Great Locomotive Chase"

Heather Reed talks about "The Great Locomotive Chase".  Click here

"Preservation of Las Cruces' Historic Treasures"

Enjoy local expert, Troy Ainsworth, Ph.D. talk about Las Cruces' Historic Treasures. Click here

Restoration of Phillips Chapel

Enjoy a lecture on the restoration of the Phillips Chapel in the Mesquite Historic District presented by Faith Hutson of DACC. Click here

"Victorio Peak: One Hundred Tons Of Gold Or Just One Hundred Tall Tales"  

Enjoy a  lecture with Jim Eckles.  Click here

Community Care

Community Share

Community Share connects community members to teachers and projects in order to support education here in Las Cruces. Click here

Culture of Empowerment

LGBTQAI

Hear from LGBTQAI + members of the Las Cruces community about their lived experiences in our community.  Click here

LGBTQAI

Learn what rights you have, how to exercise them, and what to do when they are violated.  Click here

Multicultural Programming in the Classroom

Hear perspectives on the strategies for putting culture into classrooms across New Mexico. Click here

Education in New Mexico

Dr. Michelle Valverde, Dr. Dulcinea Lara, and youth activist Isabella Mary Baker define the path of education in New Mexico.Click here

Know Your Rights-Students

Learn about students rights form the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  Click here

Know Your Rights

Maria Coronado from ACLU of New Mexico presents a brief history of farmworker's rights as well as tips for farmworkers, and all workers, to work safe and advocate for themselves within the law.  Click here

Dino Days

Paleo Puzzles

Keep thinking like a scientist while putting together pieces of the prehistoric puzzle. Click here

Trilobite Fossils

Put on your paleontologist hat and excavate fossils. Click here

Balloon Dinosaur

Think about the diversity of ancient animals while you create a balloon dinosaur. Click here

Salt Dough Fossil

Think about how fossils are formed while making salt-dough fossils in the kitchen.  

Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta presents her powerful story and legacy.  Click here

Learn from youth that are migrant and seasonal farmworkers, dairyworkers, and ranchworkers as well as students and leaders on the New Mexico State University campus. They are part of the CAMP (college assistance for migrants program) at NMSU. Click here

Engage with the farmworker experience and the work being done for equality and protection of farmworkers here in our community.  Click here

Education Station

Faux Stained Glass

This activity is inspired by the themes of the "Geometric Aljamia". Click here

Paper Pinwheels

In this activity you will learn to make a paper pinwheel based on the artwork "Geometric Aljamia".  Click here

Paper Pyramid Ornaments

Make a fun art project featuring geometric patterns.  Click here

Papercut art

Learn to make two different pieces of art: a papercut and a print of the papercut.  Follow along with the video for the material list and instructions.  Click here

Three-dimensional art

Follow along for instructions to make your own piece of art. Click here

Geometric Shapes and Printmaking

Explore Geometric shapes and printmaking while you make an art project.  Click here

Sandy Rock Gardens

Make your own rock garden inspired by White Sands National Park and Emmitt Booher.  Click here

Dioramas

Make a diorama inspired by the topography and geography of Cuba. Click here

Nose Sculptures

Make a nose sculpture inspired by the art of Yoan Capote.  Click here

Storytelling

Tell a fun "what if" story about a decision you could have made in the past.  Click here

Dinosaur Discoveries-Stop Motion

Make a dinosaur themed stop motion puppet armature. Click here

Dinosaur Discoveries-Eggs

Make your own breakable dinosaur eggs.  Click here

Faux Stained Glass Jars

Decorate a colorful and crafty glass jar.  Click here

Watercolors-Father's Day

Make a custom father's day card with a watercolor painting.  Click here

Watercolors-Mother's Day

Make a custom mother's day card with a watercolor painting.  Click here

Watercolors-Ocean

Make an ocean themed watercolor painting. Click here

Watercolors-Desert

Make a desert themed watercolor painting.Click here

Suitcase Diorama

Make a miniature suitcase diorama.  For instructions Click here

Shadow Box Scene

Create a miniature scenes in a shadow box inspired by White Sands National Park and the work of photographer Emmitt Booher. Click here

Coin Dishes

Make a coin dish inspired by the topography of White Sands National Park and the work of photographer Emmitt Booher. Click here

Cuban artist Carlos Alberto Montes de Oca.

Make a mixed media art piece.  Click here

Cuban artist Katiuska Saavedra Leyva.

Make a three-dimensional art piece.  Click here

Japanese orihon folding books

Make your own accordion book based on the traditional Japanese orihon folding books.  Click here

Art of Casting

Make your own crafty casts from plaster by following along with these instructions.  Click here

Faux Lava Lamps

Make a faux lava lamp based on an exhibition from the Las Cruces Museum of Art.  Click here

Pass the Story Game

Combine storytelling with illustration through the Pass the Story game.  Click here

Family Science

Potato Battery

Build a produce battery.  Click here

Homopolar Motors

Build a homopolar motor.  Click here

Windmill

Build a model windmill and create enough electrical current to light a small LED bulb.  Click here

Digestion

Learn how your saliva kickstarts the process of digestion from your first bite.  Click here

Rain Guage

Set up a rain guage at your house. Click here

Crystallization

Explore crystallization in your kitchen. Click here

Build a Robot that draws

Complete instructions are listed here

Dissect an Owl pellet

Learn about the digestive system of predatory birds.  Click here

Electroscope

Build an electroscope to observe the transfer of electrostatic charge.  Click here

Solar Oven

Make a melty treat with a homemade solar oven.  Click here

Ice Cream

Make your own ice cream by changing the physical properties of your ingredients.  Click here.

Polymers

Use polymers to take your slime to the next level.  Adjust your recipe to make a bouncy ball.  Click here.

Egg Dying

Dyeing eggs is a spring tradition kids of all ages look forward to.  Experiment with the water:vinegar ration to find the best method to get the colors you want.  Click here.

For the Love of Art

Collections of the Las Cruces Museum System's projects highlighted. Click here

Fossil Day

Marine life from the Permian Period

The Paleozoic Trackways National Monument is right in our backyard and is home to both marine and trace fossils from this time.Click here

Horseshoe crabs

These “moon-shaped traces” were made by horseshoe crabs digging. Click here

Undichna

A trace fossil found on fossilized prehistoric sea floors. Click here

Crinoids, or sea lilies

These marine animals live in shallow water and filter feed on plankton. Click here

Brachiopods

These shelled animals live on the seabed in cold and tropical waters.  Click here

Geometric Aljamia: A Cultural Transliteration

Gallery Tour

Enjoy a virtual gallery tour.  Click here

Quasi-crystalline Geometry in Islamic Art and Architecture

Join guest speaker Dr. Rima Ajlouni.  Click here

History Notes

Nakayama Farm

Peggy Swoveland, the granddaughter of the founder of the farm, explains the legacy of the farm from 1918 to the 1990's.  Click here

Bracero Program

Dr. Yolanda Leyva of the University of Texas at El Paso explores the history of the Bracero Program.  Click here

If these walls could talk

Eric Liefield explores the history of the Armijo House. Click here

Mural-Making

Explore the history of Mural-making in Las Cruces with Norma Hartell.  Click here

Amador Hotel

Learn about the oldest remaining public building in the city, the Historic Amador Hotel with Dr. Deb Dennis.  Click here

Black History of New Mexico:  Buffalo Soldiers

Explore their contribution to developing the West as we know it and specifically their relationship to the state of New Mexico. Click here

Significance of the Afro-Frontier: Blackdom

Explore the Afro-Frontier to identify the history evoked with Dr. Timothy Nelson.  Click here

Black History of New Mexico: "Imagining Race and Space in Albuquerque"

A presentation by Dr. Natasha Howard. Click here

Searching for Safety

A presentation by Dr. Neil Harvey outlines the history of migration policies and research on migrants' experiences.  Click here

Immigration Policy

A presentation on the last 25 years of immigration policy and it's impact on families.  Click here

Indigenous Speaker Series

The Eagle and the Condor Meet

A discussion from a group of Indigenous youth in New Mexico about their exchange with Indigenous Mayan people in Guatemala. Click here

Indigenizing the Borderlands Workshop

 Learn about what "Indigenizing" means to Indigenous people of our borderland and the work they are doing for the community. Click here

Indigenous Science: Ancient Pathways to a Sustainable Future 

Lyla June speaks about the long and prolific legacy of Indigenous Science and the wisdom and practical responses that it holds for modern day society’s greatest challenges. Click here

Iniquitous: Trapped in the Room

Chantelle Yazzie-Martin 

Yazzie-Martin uses digital photography and incorporates embroidery in her work.  Click here

Inland Sea 

Artists Talk from Photographer featured in the Inland Sea Exhibit: Allyson Packer

August 7, 2020, 5:30-6:30 PM 

Featured on the Las Cruces Museums Facebook page on Facebook Live.  Click here

Jaws, Paws and Claws

End of the dinosaurs

Swipe through to find out what brought about the end of the age of dinosaurs.  Click here


Listen to Your Art

Lucie Rie: The Mother of Modernism in Utilitarian Ceramics

By Courtney Michaud.  Click here

French Impressionist Artist, Berthe Morisot

By Kathleen Key.  Click here

Worlds of Papercut Art

With Susan Leviton. Click here

The Tale of Genji

A lecture by Mr. Nicholas Dahle. Click here

Beatrix Potter

An art history lecture by Professor Kathleen H Key of UTEP  Click here

Lucha Libra: Stories From the Ring

Virtual Tour

Virtual tour of the exhibit with Curator, Norma Hartell. Click here

Panel de Discusion:  Luchadoras Femenistas

Luchadoras de El Paso, TX y Ciudad Juárez, México cuentan sus historias, y comparten cómo han sido empoderadas por sus carreras en el cuadrilátero. 

Luchadoras from El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juárez, México tell their stories and share how they have been empowered by their careers in the wrestling ring. 

Traducción al inglés disponible en forma de subtítulos. (English translation available in closed captions).

13 de agosto 2020, 5:30 PM  Click here

Lunar New Year

Lunar Calendars in different cultures. Click here

Lunar New Year Celebrations. Click here

Lunar and Solar Calendars. Click here

Symbols of Lunar New Year. Click here

Five Animals Dance. Click here

Calligraphy creation of "Spring Walk" poem. Click here

Lion Dance. Click here

Museum Appreciation Day

Bryan Lee, Education Curator  

Bryan will take you around the Museum of Art and share some details about his career in museums.  Click here

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

This museum shares the fascinating 4,000-year history of agriculture in our region.  This video was filmed in 2019, before the state mandate on masks for COVID Safe Practices was put into effect.  Click here

Collections at the Las Cruces Museum System

Sarah Thomson, our Collections Manager, presents our online portal that displays the Las Cruces Museum System's objects on exhibit at each museum and the online exhibit.  Click here

University Art Museum at NMSU

This video walk-through of their Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery features part of the "Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020" exhibition, on display until December 6, 2020.  

Office Assistant, Reyna Blahnik

Reyna shares an encouraging message about lifelong learning and the wonders that museums have to offer!  Click here

Las Cruces Museum Staff

Watch the videos from our museum staff in sequence.  Click here

Observations2: A Portrait of the White Sands National Monument

Emmitt Booher

Emmitt Booher shows his exhibit. Click here

Olla Comunitaria

Hunger issues in Guatemala

Listen to a presentation from the UN Solidarity about the network and method of community support during COVID-19.  Click here  Continued here

Pictograff

Enjoy the new outdoor exhibit at Las Cruces Museums and the events for the Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and 2 Spirits.Click here

7th annual street art festival dedicated to Indigenous expression.  Click here

Day 2 of Pictograff.  Click here

Dance workshop: reconnecting with our creative energy.  Click here

Day 3 of Pictograff.  Click here

MMIWGT2S and Ni Una Mas Roundtable.  Click here

Final day of Pictograff 2021.  Click here

ArrowSoul Art Workshop with Zurfer Calavera and closing session of Pictograff: The Art of War Prayer!  Click here

Enjoy the Pictograff exhibit in honor of the social movements to protect Indigenous peoples.  Click here

Pre-K

Pterosaurs

Make a flying Pterodactyl.  Click here

Sunflowers

For Arbor Day, learn how a plant grows from a tiny seed.  Click here

Earth Day

Learn about the earth with this fun tear-and-stick planet earth activity. Click here

Rockets

3...2...1...Blast off!  Learn about the parts of a rocket.  Click here

Alien Life

Create your alien's habitat and build a model of your life form.  Click here

Slime

Make your own amber slime.  Click here

Dragonflies

Make a model dragonfly.  Click here

Groundhog Day

Get ready for groundhog day with this activity. Click here

Bird Feeder

Build a bird feeder to help the birds survive the winter.  Click here

Jupiter

Explore Jupiter and its moons with this mobile activity Click here

Galaxies

Learn about galaxies with this pinwheel activity Click here

Parasauolophus

Learn about the parasauolophus.  Click here

Stegosaurus

Junior Paleontologists can learn about the stegosaurus when you Click here

New Mexico Bats

Activity instructions are listed here. Click here

Night Flyers

Learn about night flyers like the New Mexico owls. Activity instructions are n English and Spanish. Click here

Moon

Learn about the moon with this activity from the Museum of Nature and Science.  Click here

Solar System

Scale it down to fit in your pocket!  For instructions in English and Spanish Click here

Paleontology

Be a junior paleontologist.  For instructions in English and Spanish Click here

Fish in the Desert?

For printable instructions and a template Click here

Feed a Frog Game

Meet the frogs and toads from the Nature Center and make your own feed a frog game.  Click here.

Snake Shape Model

Meet one of the snakes from the Nature Center and practice using shapes to make a model.  Click here.

Meteor Model

Make a model meteor and learn the difference between a comet, asteroid, and meteor.  Click here.

Solar System Model

Create a model solar system with homemade window clings.  Click here.

Stegosaurus

Meet stegosaurus and practice writing your name, the alphabet, or numbers.  Click here.

Arbor Day

Celebrate Arbor Day by learning about trees and making a leaf print drawing.  Click here.

Dissect Chicken Egg

Learn which types of animals lay eggs.  Follow along as we dissect a chicken egg to see how eggs work to grow new life.  Click here.

Science Cafe

Porous Polymers: Synthesis and Applications

Presented by Dr. Reza Foudazi.  Click here

Water Resource Management

Understand the geological and hydrogeological processes that help track contamination in waterways. Click here

Life at Earth's Extremes

Presented by Dr. Madhan Tirumalai. Click here

Sex in the Modern Age

Presented by NMSU graduate students, Sarah Wheat and Angela Faith-Thomas. Click here

Spring Break Camp

Enjoy fun nature, science, art and culture activities.  Click here

STEAMpunk

Ahmed Zewail, Femtochemistry

Try different chemical combinations to create gas that will fill a balloon.  Click here

Emily Roebling, Field Engineer

Find out how she took on the immense challenge and experiment with suspension bridges (#BrooklynBridge).  Click here

Linda Buck, Nobel Prize Winner

Learn how your smell receptors work and then test your smell. Click here

Josef Sanchez, NASA engineer

Imagine and design your own parachute lander. Click here

Friedrich Mohs, a Mineralogist.

 Learn how to field identify minerals by using the Mohs Hardness Scale.  Click here

Nintendo

Make your own extendable grabber. Click here

Jet Pack

Launch a fizzy jet pack inspired by inventor and engineer Juan Miguel Lozano.  Click here.

Dissection of Cow's eye

Follow along with a virtual dissection of a cow's eye and learn about ophthalmological pioneer Dr. Patricia Bath.  Click here.

Board Game

Design, build, and test your own board game inspired by game designer Lizzie Magey.  Click here.

Kinetoscope

Create a flipstick cartoon inspired by the inventor of the first moving picture machine, the kinetoscope, William Dickson.  Click here.

STEM Night

Super Hero's

Use your imagination and real science t describe your hero's origin and powers before drawing your own super hero comic strip.  Click here

Zombies

Use the laws of motion and some homemade tiny defenses to protect yourself from hordes of tiny zombies. Click here

Build a Mars Rover

Build a model rover to explore the Martian landscape.  Click Here for instructions

Animal Anatomy Exploration

Follow along with this virtual dissection of a frog to learn about the anatomy of animals.  Click here

Studio Programs

Studio Art Demo

Value. Click here

Ceramic jewelry. Click here

2 point perspective. Click here

Paint with Oils. Click here

Block printing. Click here

Color theory. Click here

Weave using materials at home. Click here

Learn Chinese brush painting. Click here

Paint a portrait of your pet. Click here

Learn how to throw clay on the wheel.  Click here

Learn how to make plaster pumpkins using balloons.  Click here

Learn how to make a zine.  Click here

Learn some new watercolor and marker techniques.  Click here

Learn how to paint a landscape using watercolors. Click here

Learn to make wearable art. Click here

Learn how to draw a landscape using pastels. Click here

Learn how to make collage mosaics.  Click here


Meet Art Instructors

Loretta Click here

Maria Click here

Cierra Click here


Summer Wednesdays

Dinosaur Night Lights

Make your own night light from a mason jar and brighten your room with dinosaur dazzle.  Click here

Gardening with Native Plants

Learn about the best native plants for gardens in the Las Cruces region with Dr. Ivette Guzman.  Click here

Teen Science Cafe

Read Earth History in the Rocks: A virtual Geologic Field Trip

Presented by Dr. Brian Hampton, NMSU Department of Geologic Sciences.  Click here

Weather Observations

Presented by Jason Laney, National Weather Service, El Paso, Texas. Click here

The Psychology of Friendship

Presented by Sarah Wheat and Angela-Faith Thomas. Click here

Fossils and Evolution.

Geologist Dr. Brian Hampton from New Mexico State University's Department of Geological Sciences will take you on a tour of the fossils in the Zuhl Museum.  Learn about the history of life on Earth.  Click here

Mapping the Crescent Moon

Learn how telescopes are controlled remotely.  Click here

Through a Different Lens: One Women's Experience in Vietnam

Frances Williams

Ms. Williams shares her life and story.  Click here

Tombaugh Day

Mr. Alden Tombaugh's opening to a day of fun. Click here

Pluto Fact. Click here

Build a telescope. Click here

Pluto, a "binary planet". Click here

Perseverance.  Click here

Facts about Light. Click here

Pluto's surface. Click here

NASA's Artemis Mission. Click here

Transportation Day

Steam-powered locomotives

Watch a demonstration of how locomotive engines operate.  Click here

Operation Lifesaver

Joanne Beer, New Mexico's State Coordinator for Operation Lifesaver Inc., discusses rail safety.  Click here

Harvey Girls

The adventure of working in hospitality on trains in the 1800's with the Fred Harvey Company.  Click here

Las Cruces Museum Collection

The Las Cruces Museum shares objects and archieves in their collection related to the history of Las Cruces.  Click here

Train Communication

Printable worksheet for train talk with Morse code, train whistles, and lantern signals.  Click here

Valentine's Day

Coat hanger weavings. Click here

Binary code necklace. Click here

Heart ornament. Click here

Train card holder. Click here

Random acts of kindness hearts. Click here

Merry Vlogmas

Branigan Cultural Center Click here

Museum of Art Click here

Museum of Nature and Science Click here

Railroad Museum Click here

Studio Click here