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

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:

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.

How do I apply?

The program is free of charge. We are no longer accepting applications.

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.