Summer Explorers

Join us for exciting new classes and, of course, the old favorites this summer!

The Sam Noble Museum offers a variety of discovery-based programs for children ages 4 to 14 and families that allow participants to expe­rience science first-hand. All classes are taught by trained staff. Please contact the education department at (405) 325-1008 for more information or for accommodations on the basis of disability.


Don’t miss out! Space is limited and advance regis­tration is required. Registration will be confirmed once payment has been received.

Registration begins January 11 for Members; January 25 for Non-members

Register for Summer Explorers Programs online here.

Participants are required to bring any forms sent via confirmation email (releases, waivers, etc.) on the FIRST DAY of the program.


Phone: 405-325-1008


Limited financial assistance is available for families who qualify. To apply, please submit a copy of your free or reduced lunch award letter to the education department.

Mail: Attn: Education, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman, OK 73072

Outdoor Classes

These classes will take place in the best classroom of all: the great outdoors! We will meet at the museum and travel in vans to local parks. Booster seats are provided for children eight and under and are available for children over age eight upon request of parents/guardians. Participants should be dressed to get wet and must bring a water bottle.

Indoor Classes

These classes will stay on-site: exploring the amazing galleries, collections and outdoor spaces at the museum!


Prices include one adult and one child. Each additional person: Member $10 / Nonmember $15

A Dinosaur’s Life
June 10, 6 to 8 p.m.

Join us as we blast into the prehistoric past! We will learn about how dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period lived and test our knowledge as we venture into our “Be the Dinosaur™” exhibit. “Be the Dinosaur™” is a groundbreaking fusion of state-of-the-art video game technology and traditional exhibits, featuring full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology field station, a Safari Jeep and more. We will begin our night in the classroom… and end it in the Mesozoic Era!

A Night at the Museum
July 21, 7 to 9 p.m.   

Have you ever wondered what happens in the museum when the doors are locked and the lights go down? Explore and play in the museum with your family in a whole new way…you just might see something you’ve never seen before!

A Night with Bats
July 29, 8 to 10 p.m.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a … mammal? Join us as we discover the amazing life of bats! We will discover the secrets of echolocation, flight and cave homes before traveling by caravan to a local park to encounter these high flying animals!

Register for Summer Explorers Programs online here.


Name that Dinosaur
July 5, 12, 19 and 26 (Tuesdays), 9:30 to 11 a.m.

How many dinosaurs can you name? Discover what ancient creatures roamed Oklahoma through games, songs, crafts and lots of fun for you and your little one! Name that Dinosaur is an indoor program.

Animal Adventures
July 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Thursdays), 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Bugs and birds and bears… oh my! Explore the world of wildlife through games, songs and crafts as you and your little one learn about different types of animals and what makes them special. Animal Adventures is an indoor program.

Register for Summer Explorers Programs online here.


Pond Explorers
June 6-10, 8 to 10 a.m.

Get your feet wet! Find out what is living in the water as we explore different ponds around Norman. Pond Explorers is an outdoor program.

Bugs and Slugs
June 13-17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

They’re in the air, in the water and even under your feet! Get ready to get dirty as we burrow into Norman parks for everything that’s creepy, crawly and cool! Bugs and Slugs is an outdoor program.

Nature Explorers
June 20-24, 8 to 10 a.m.

Do you know what’s living in our local parks, ponds and streams? Join us as we explore parks in Norman to search for plants and animals of every color, size and shape. Nature Explorers is an outdoor program.

Cool Critters
June 27- July 1, 8 to 10 a.m.

Wildlife comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Discover the different kinds of critters live in the world and search for a new one each day! Cool Critters is an outdoor program.

Creature Features
July 11-15, 12 to 2 p.m.

Why do skunks smell so funky? What makes a vulture vomit? How do butterflies ward off predators? We’ll explore the strange, impressive and totally cool ways that animals defend themselves. Creature Features is an indoor program.

Animal Babies
July 18-22, 12 to 2 p.m.

Get ready to grow up wild! Learn about your favorite baby animals and the different ways they survive. Animal Babies is an indoor program.

Dinosaur Detectives
July 25-29, 12 to 2 p.m.

Are you on the hunt for fossils? Explore fossils of all shapes and sizes as we investigate dinosaurs and their relatives, just like paleontologists do! Dinosaur Detectives is an indoor program.

Register for Summer Explorers Programs online here.


Wild Wonders
June 6-10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Have you ever thought about how many wild and wonderful animals are right in your backyard? We’ll explore different habitats to discover what kinds of wild wonders are living all around us! Wild Wonders is an outdoor program.

On Wind and Wings
June 13-17, 2 to 4 p.m.

What do bats, butterflies and the wind have in common? Why are flowers so colorful? Join us as we explore pollination and learn how different things help plants grow. On Wind and Wings is an outdoor program.

Slime and Scales I
June 20-24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Spot a slippery salamander or touch a tiny turtle! We’ll study scaly and slimy animals in their natural habitat and learn how to safely catch and handle them. Slime and Scales I is an outdoor program.

Creepy Crawlies
June 27- July 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Do you like creatures that give others the creepy crawlies? Join us as we study animals that slither, creep and crawl! Creepy Crawlies is an outdoor program.

Cool Cretaceous Creatures
July 18-22, 3 to 5 p.m.

Hang out with some of the greatest dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era! Join us for a journey back through time to the peak of the dinosaur age. Cool Cretaceous Creatures is an indoor program.

Weird and Wacky Science
July 25-29, 3 to 5 p.m.

We’ll create concoctions, make gooey ooze and try out exciting experiments! Join us as we see what happens when science gets wacky! Weird and Wacky Science is an indoor program.

Register for Summer Explorers Programs online here.

AGES 9 TO 11

Think Fast!
June 6-10, 2 to 4 p.m.

What would you do if you found yourself stranded on an island, in charge of building a space colony on Mars or trying to survive a zombie horde? We’ll use science, creative thinking and teamwork to try out solutions to some challenging (and humorous) scenarios. Come ready to have fun and … think fast! Think Fast! is an indoor and outdoor program.

Get Lost
June 13-17, 8 to 10 a.m.

Would you know what to do if you got lost? Be prepared to get down and dirty as we learn to use a compass, build a fire and search for shelter. Get Lost is an outdoor program.

Slime and Scales II
June 20-24, 2 to 4 p.m.

Explore the daily lives of reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitats. We’ll learn how to safely catch and handle these interesting animals, plus how and why we should protect them. Slime and Scales II is an outdoor program.

Force of Nature
June 27-July 1, 2 to 4 p.m.

What causes an avalanche? How long does it take plants to grow after a wildfire? Can you build a structure that will last through an earthquake? Join us as we explore earth’s most powerful natural phenomena. Force of Nature is an indoor program.

Nature at Night
July 5-8, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Explore the night! We’ll use our senses to discover the many animals active at night. Come ready to discover a whole new world. Nature at Night is an outdoor program.

Register for Summer Explorers Programs online here.

AGES 12 TO 14

Paleontology Up Close
July 11-15, 3 to 5 p.m.

Take a trip through time and investigate life millions of years ago as we learn about the science of Paleontology! How do fossils go from the ground to the museum? What can modern life tell us about the prehistoric past? Discover more than just dinosaurs in this exciting, hands-on class! Paleontology is an indoor program.

Register for Summer Explorers Programs online here.

Scout Badge Workshops


Includes activities and general admission for the scout, badges and pins not included. Each scout must be chaperoned. One adult chaperone may supervise up to five scouts. Attending adults receive complementary admission.

Brownies: Letterboxer
July 5, 12 to 2 p.m.

We are going on a treasure hunt! What are we looking for? Letterboxes! Join us as we explore nature, learn how to describe our surroundings and become a part of the amazing adventure game called ‘letterboxing’! Brownie scouts will complete all of the requirements to earn the “Letterboxer” badge.

Junior Girl Scouts: Drawing
July 6, 1 to 4 p.m.

Take art to the next level by learning about different drawing techniques! Use nature as your inspiration and put your imagination to work with a variety of drawing challenges. Junior Scouts will complete all requirements for the “Drawing” badge.

Tiger Cub Scouts: Tiger Tales
July 6, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The time has come for Tigers to tell terrifically tall tales! Join us as we share stories and activities from different cultures. Tiger Scouts will complete requirements for the “Tiger Tales” adventure loop.

Webelos: Earth Rocks!
July 7, 1 to 4 p.m.

Become a geologist! We’ll go on a rock hunt, identify minerals and explore geology in action! Webelos will complete requirements for the “Earth Rocks!” adventure pin.

Wolf Cub Scouts: Digging in the Past
July 8, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Dive into the wonderful world of dinosaurs! We’ll identify, create and dig for fossils in this prehistoric adventure. Wolf Scouts will complete requirements for the “Digging in the Past” adventure loop.

Bear Cub Scouts: Super Science
July 8, 1 to 4 p.m.

Calling all scientists! Join us as we explore and experiment with static electricity, color and more! Bear Scouts will complete requirements for the “Super Science” adventure loop.

Register for Summer Explorers Programs online here.


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