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Explorations in Extraterrestrial Botany

You’ve heard of little green space men, but have you ever wondered about little green space PLANTS?

Now accepting applications* from students in grades 5-8, to participate in this FREE year-long program.

*Apply by February 15, 2018. Download Application

See the session schedule below.

Are you a 5th-8th grade student who wonders about space travel or science? Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut or scientist? Do you dream about space or enjoy plants but are not really sure that science is your thing? We want YOU to help real scientists and astronauts with Explorations in Extraterrestrial Botany! You’ll learn how plants and people survive and thrive in the extreme conditions of space (and Mars!?) as well as harsh New Mexico deserts. You will engineer solutions to growing food on a spaceship, and build your own biosphere terrarium. You’ll meet and work with real scientists, talk to an astronaut on the space station, and learn real measuring and data collecting skills.

Explorations in Extraterrestrial Botany program participants will:

  • Learn from UNM professors and STEM professionals
  • Engage with hands-on experiences and activities
  • Collect and contribute real-world data to NASA

Program participants should be 11-15 years old and have an interest in science, plants, engineering, and/or math. Attendance at the majority of the classes is expected, as activities will build on each other. Participation is limited to 30 students.

Please complete this form and send to Denise Thompson (; 505-224-8388). For mail-in registration, send this form to: Explora, ATTN Denise Thompson, 1701 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque NM 87104. Please complete and return this application by February 15, 2018; priority will be given applications received before January 28.


Explora Children’s Museum and Science Center, 1701 Mountain Road NW 87104

Session Schedule:

Intro and Orientation:  Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 2:30-4pm

Session 1:  Sunday, February 25, 2018 – 2:30-4pm

Session 2:  Sunday, March 18, 2018 – 2:30-4pm

Session 3:  Sunday, April 22, 2018 – 2:30-4pm

Session 4:  Sunday, May 20, 2018 – 2:30-4pm

Session 5:  Sunday, June 24 or July 29, 2018 – 2:30-4pm

Session 6:  Sunday, August 26, 2018 – 2:30-4pm

Session 7:  Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 2:30-4pm

Session 8:  Sunday, October 28, 2018 – 2:30-4pm

Session 9:  Sunday, November 18, 2018 – 2:30-4pm

Session 10:  Sunday, December 16, 2018 – 2:30-4pm

There are no fees to attend the Explorations in Extraterrestrial Botany. This program is supported through funding from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, NASA, UNM, UNM Foundation, NM EPSCoR, NSF, and Photon Systems Instruments.

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