HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
What Is It?: One of the most popular museums in the U.S., housing the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, and Cockrell Butterfly Center, as well as a variety of traveling and permanent exhibits.
Help Needed: Assist with week-long science summer camps, or train and work as docents and presenters as part of the Moran Ecoteen Program
Minimum Age to Volunteer: 14 (with maximum age of 17).
XPLORATIONS SUMMER CAMPS
Xplorations Summer Science Adventures are week-long, hands-on science summer camps featuring science activities for children ages 6–12. Teen volunteers assist teachers and students.
MORAN ECOTEEN PROGRAM
In this summer volunteer program, teens with an interest in science assist teachers and mentor students in the Museum’s summer camps, and may train and work as docents and presenters in Museum exhibits and venues.
Ecoteens are selected through a multi-step process. The application process begins in early January; all paperwork is due in early March. Then students are are interviewed, and applicants are notified of results in April.
Based on performance, Ecoteens may be invited to volunteer additional times during the summer and academic year.
Ecoteens working on Mayan pyramid, 2015
Dissection specimens, 2016
Museum exterior, near Hermann Park
Corpse Flower Watch, 2010
Making jello brains, 2016
Ecoteen in paleontology department, 2010
Summer Xplorations, 2016
Corpse flower, 2010
Ecoteen with pyramid, 2015
Leonardo's Workshop summer program, 2016
Ecoteen Myria Perez receiving citation from Mayor Parker, 2013
Ecoteen Sam with Chewbacca
Shark cage, 2015. Photo by Mary Martha Meyer.