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Community Education Classes for Teens & Adults

New classes may be posted throughout the year. Please check back to see additional classes as they are added.

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Lizards of the White Sands

Instructor: Clay Noss, Biologist and graduate student at U. of CA, Berkeley (NSF grant)
Dates: June 1 (Friday)
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: FREE

Course Description: For 3rd to 6th grade. The lizards of the White Sands have changed color & characteristics to adapt to the environment. Learn about their life-cycles and other amazing attributes. Parents Welcome!


Take It Outside NM!

Instructor: Eileen Davis, BLM, Education & Outreach & Aurora Corona, LNF, Education and Outreach
Dates: July 18: 9am – 3pm @ Three Rivers Petroglyphs & LNF
July 19: pam 3pm @ Bluff Springs
July 20: 4pm – 9pm @ Oliver Lee Park: MothaPalooza at White Sands
Cost: $20

Course Description: Parents Welcome!! Ages 8-12. This year Take It Outside NM adds a visit to the White Sands National Park for the 2018 MothaPalooza. Join local moth expert Eric Metzler and monument staff for this family friendly event as we spend an evening celebrating the uniqueness of White Sand’s ecology. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Every day: Bring Water, sun glasses, closed toe shoes, hat and long-sleeve shirt for sun protection (also sun screen if you prefer). A van will transport kids daily. Details at registration.


Discover White Sands with Your Hands

Instructor: Sarah Cerra, Dir. of STEM at NMSU-A
Dates: July 16, 2018
Time: 8:30am – 10:30am
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: First child $15. Siblings $10

Course Description: Ages 6 – 11 years. Hands-on Science and Technology experiments at White Sands Monument. You will run experiments and use technology to see how scientists see White Sands Monument as a resource to study science. Bring at least 32 oz of water, a snack, sunscreen, and hat.


Qi Gong “energy work”

Instructor: John Ely, Ph.D
Dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $32

Course Description: 18 and up. Qi Gong is the root of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi Gong coordinates gentle flowing movements with rhythmic breathing in a moving meditation. This life-long practice of energy cultivation strengthens the body, calms the mind, stabilizes the emotions and facilitates healing.


Creative Painting For Children

Instructor: Carol Alvarado, Artist
Dates: June 26, 27, 28
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $40

Course Description: Kinder thru Beginning 3rd grade. Let’s have some Fun! Enjoy watercolor, acrylic, tempera, and mixed media.
Supply Fee: $20 paid to instructor on first day of class.


ZINE Writing Camp for Girls!

Instructor: Colleen Bond
Dates: July 9-13
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $50

Course Description: Ages: 10-14 (Before 9th grade). Colleen is an English Instructor at NMSU-A, veteran of the Air Force, and a mother of six. She believes writing is a way to discover yourself and influence the world around you. This camp is an opportunity for girls to write and self-publish articles and artwork collaboratively with other girls. Contributions may include poems, stories, puzzles, reflections, and other writings. Brainstorming and writing activities will take place in class. Warning! Participants may continue writing at home!


Camp Innoventure: Entrepreneurial Training

Instructor: Trish Livingston, Director NMSU Alamogordo Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Dates: July 23 – 27; 9:00am – 12:00pm
July 28; Market Day: Hours TBD
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $40

Course Description: Six-day camp for Middle School students. Monday – Saturday. A partnership between the Arrowhead Center, NMSU-A, and the Small Business Development Center brings this entrepreneurial training to Alamogordo middle school students. Students learn step-by-step how to build a business from scratch.


Carl Jung: The Psychology of Religion

Instructor: John Ely, Ph.D.
Dates: July 17, 24, 31
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $65

Course Description: Ages 18 and up. Dr. Ely’s classes have gained a dedicated following, and early registration is suggested. Carl Jung, the depth psychologist and gnostic, once said, “To gain an understanding of religious matters, probably all that is left us today is the psychological approach.” We will investigate what exactly Jung meant by this statement as his solution to the plight of “modern man in search of a soul,” through reading and discussion of his 1937 Terry lectures on Psychology & Religion.


Creative Watercolor for Adults

Instructor: Carol Alvarado, Artist
Dates: Aug 7, 8, 9
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00 pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $60

Course Description: Ages 17 and up. Join this fun and relaxing art class! After learning a variety of watercolor techniques, students will draw and paint landscape, floral, and still life projects with confidence.
Supplies: $20 to instructor on first day (3 lessons)