What Is It?
One of the most popular museums in the U.S., housing the Burke Baker Planetarium, the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, and the Cockrell Butterfly Center, as well as a variety of traveling and permanent exhibits.
Assist with week-long science summer camps or participate in the Moran EcoTeen summer program. Please contact the Museum for COVID-related updates.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
High school and university students who will be at least 16 by June 3 may apply to the teaching assistant program. The application deadline for the teaching assistant program is at the end of March, and the EcoTeen application deadline is in January.
The week-long camps are held from early June to mid August. Teaching assistants work Monday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and Tuesday – Friday, 9 AM – 3:30 PM, unless otherwise specified. Assistants must commit to at least one week, and preferably more.
“Teaching assistant applicants should have an interest in teaching and in science, natural history and related fields. Additionally, they should communicate well with children and adults, demonstrate initiative, and have a positive attitude. Previous participation as a Houston Museum of Natural Science volunteer is an advantage.” A letter of recommendation is required.
Xplorations Summer Science Adventures are week-long, hands-on science summer camps featuring science activities for children ages 6–12. Teaching assistants interact with children, organize classroom materials and projects, and generally assist the teachers.
MORAN ECOTEEN PROGRAM
This program is for teens 14-17 (entering 9th-11th grades in the fall) and runs at the same time as the summer camp program. EcoTeens may give demonstrations for summer campers and help the campers in other ways, but may also have other responsibilities and learning opportunities such as explaining touch cart items to Museum patrons, and giving exhibit hall tours.
The EcoTeen application typically is available on December 1 and the deadline is in January.
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
Houston, Texas 77030
Houston, Texas 77030
Examples of past Scout projects
Refurbished and updated a hands-on science display.