Natural History Forensic Investigations: After School Programs for High School Students

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Join us for a 5-part after school program that allows you to explore the world of natural history science in a fun and interactive way!


Who should apply?

Students in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in science and museums, and are looking for ways to go beyond what they learn in school.

What will I do?

  • Meet and learn from museum scientists and educators
  • Gain natural history science and technology skills and apply them to a real world forensic challenge
  • Visit exclusive behind-the-scenes areas of the museum
  • Meet other science-minded teens from across the D.C. metropolitan area

How do I apply?

See below for details about each program’s sessions, choose the program you’d like to apply for, and click on the title to access the application.

The program is free of charge, but submission of an application is required. 

Applications are due January 9, 2018. Students will be notified by January 12 via email whether they have been accepted into the program.

Details about the Program

Location: Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center at the National Museum of Natural History

Dates, Times and Program Themes

Sign up for one of the following programs:

Forensic Ornithology: Bird Detective

Tuesdays, January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Forensic Botany: Delicious or Deadly?

Thursdays, January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Forensic Anthropology: Skeleton Sleuths

Sundays, January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact us at or 202-633-4588

Please Note: 

  • Students are required to attend all 5 sessions within their program.
  • At the end of the program, students receive a certificate of completion, participate in a showcase for family and friends.
  • Students can use the certificate of completion to demonstrate interest in science necessary for acceptance into the Youth Engagement through Science internship program.