HMNS Weekly Happenings

February 26, 2018
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Registration For HMNS X plorations Summer Camp Is Now!

Questions? Contact or call 713-639-4652.

Don’t forget you can Refer a Friend when registering for Summer Camp, and you’ll both receive a discount! More information on that can be found here.

Parent’s Guide to Xplorations Summer Camp is the basics of what you need to know! To help you prepare you and your camper for your first day of camp, we have compiled this basic list of answers to some frequently asked questions including information about lunches, before/after camp care, directions and what to expect on your first day.

2018 Priority Member Registration begins on the following dates:

  • Discoverer: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
  • Family Flex: Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
  • Family Plus and Family: Monday, February 26, 2018
  • General Public: Monday, March 19, 2018

HMNS Membership must be current at the Family Level or above in order to take advantage of early registration dates. Become an HMNS Member to register early! Online registration is available at 12:01 am on the date indicated.

There are two ways to register for Xplorations Summer Camps at HMNS.

  • Register online.
    Select the ONLINE BOX-OFFICE link on the upper right of all web pages. On-line registration is processed immediately. Please print the confirmation page with your confirmation number for your records.
  • Print out the registration form to fax or mail in your camp registration. Once they have been processed, confirmation of faxed or mailed registration forms will be emailed to the email address provided on the form. Download the form here. Please remember to include your email address on your registration form. We do not take camp registrations over the telephone.*

The 2018 Summer Scouts Catalog is available here.

Required Health Record Form for all campers
A completed Xplorations Camper Health Record Form must be on file with the Xplorations office prior to each child beginning camp.

*PLEASE NOTE: In order to register for a camp you will need to have an HMNS user account. You do not need to be an HMNS member to set up an account. Please refer to the Xplorations Summer 2018 Catalog for details about registration.

Lecture – Making Houston a Resilient City: Flooding, Carbon and Food by Jim Blackburn

This lecture will focus on the challenges and opportunities that lie before Houston, a key city in the global response to changing weather patterns, emerging economies and changing consumer preferences and needs. The future of Houston as a serious competitor in the global marketplace lies in many of the choices that will be made in the next few years. Are we ready to take our place as a truly world-class city, showing the way for the world, or will we be left behind?

Jim Blackburn is a Professor in the Practice in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University, co-director of Rice University’s Severe Storm (SSPEED) Center and a Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute. He is both an environmental lawyer and planner and has written two books about the Texas coast with the most recent – “A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast” — just released in October 2017 by Texas A&M Press. He has also co-authored a book of poems and paintings with artist Isabelle Chapman titled “Birds: A Book of Verse and Vision.”

Cosponsored by Urban Harvest.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – 6:30 PM

Members $12, Tickets $18


Lecture – Induced Earthquakes: Experimenting Unintentionally by Katie Keranen

Fracking the Bakken Formation in North Dakota. Author: Joshua Doubek. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Induced earthquakes are triggered by humans, either by injecting fluid into the ground, extracting it, or impounding it behind dams. These unnatural earthquakes have occurred for a century, but in the past decade have become more prevalent. These induced earthquakes create a new hazard and bring public attention, but they also create opportunities to study earthquake processes at atypical rates.

Dr. Katie Keranen of Cornell will discusses the sudden rise in induced seismicity, the relationship to oil and gas production including wastewater disposal and hydraulic fracturing, mitigation efforts, and new scientific advances made possible by this unintended experiment.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 6:30 PM

Members $12, Tickets $18


Family Space Day

Please call 281- 242-3055 for more information.

Astronauts of all ages—kids and adults—can fly to the Moon with NASA volunteers in the Expedition Center. Great fun for the family! No danger is involved! Astronauts are assigned jobs aboard the Space Station Observer and work together as they solve problems and have fun. Volunteers who work at NASA will run the missions and visit with the participants. Don’t miss this special opportunity to participate in real astronaut training!

  • Next Expedition Dates:
    • January 27
    • March 3
    • May 12
  • Expedition Times: 3:00, 4:00, 5:30 & 6:30

Moon Expedition in the Expedition Center!
Programs in the Expedition Center are usually only open to groups with reservations. Don’t miss your chance to participate as an individual during this special event!

This event is available for people 7 years of age and older. Kids 7-9 must have a paid adult chaperone participate. A minimum of 10 participants is required for each mission. Refunds will be issued if the minimum is not met.

Watch a spotlight on Family Space Day created by HCC Stafford TV below:


HMNS Will Be Closed  SAturday, March 3 For OurAnnual Gala


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Please join us for our Annual Gala: Jewel of the Nile, on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Individual tickets will begin at $500 and tables of 10 will begin at $5,000. Funds raised from Jewel of the Nile will benefit the Museum’s general operating budget, which sustains our many programs and fosters a love of science and discovery for two million visitors, school groups, summer campers, and scouts annually.

Gala Committee:

  • Jenna and Harris Junell
    Gala Co-Chair
  • Kay and Brandon Lobb
    Gala Co-Chair
  • Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
    The Houston Museum of Natural Science

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Emily Brents at 713-639-4729 or

Authored By Chris Wells

Adventure is my middle name. Well… actually it’s French. Literally, it’s Christopher French Wells. But the spirit of adventure lives in me, and has always inspired me to go out and seek new experiences. I’ve traveled to Europe, Mexico and South America, as well as few places in the U.S. I’ve seen different places with different cultures, learned some things about humanity and about myself in particular. My goal is to lend my unique perspective, carved out of my own triumphs and tragedies, fears and fancies encountered during my years of college and international travel, to the other great voices of this blog. Hopefully to the enjoyment of our readers…

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