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 participate in the Moran EcoTeen summer program.
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.
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.
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.