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Welcome to Explore!

Free child and pre-teen programming: Explore Earth and Space Science!

Explore provides hands-on activities and supporting resources such as presentations, recommended books, and Internet sites for out-of-school time facilitators, librarians, and other informal science educators . We invite you to use these products to engage children and pre-teens in the wonders of lunar exploration; the planets Earth, Jupiter, and Mars; rockets; staying healthy in space; and more!

  • The hands-on activities are designed to be easy to do, use readily available materials, and require little preparation time.
  • Each topic offers opportunities for families to continue to learn together through reading and web exploration.
  • The topics are designed to be flexible and can be incorporated in any program, including summer sessions, after-school programs, festivals, science days, and family events.
  • Activities vary in length, ranging from 30 minutes to two hours, and often can be modified to fit the time available.

Public library professionals are invited to join our Explore listserv! Follow the link to request access to this restricted list, and you will be invited to provide information about your professional interest in using Explore materials.

Have fun!

About Explore

The Lunar and Planetary Institute's Explore program is designed to engage children in Earth and space science in out-of-school time, library, and informal science education programs . Library staff across the country are using the activities to bring new audiences into the library. Since its inception 16 years ago, the Explore program has grown to support a community of more than nearly 900 individuals in 35 states — all trained to bring Earth and space science to their children's and youth programs. The program began through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, and NASA continues to nurture the breadth and depth of Explore materials, resources, and trainings.

Read more about our history, approach, and impacts.

Last updated
December 3, 2013