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Celebrate "Mother Earth" the entire month of April at the Nature Research Center

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Special Thursday night sustainability programs in the Nature Research Center

RALEIGH — Instead of devoting a single day to our wonderful planet, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is celebrating all month long! Join us for Earth Month, every Thursday in April from 5 to 9 p.m. Free. Each night will focus on a different Earth-related topic, so come to the Nature Research Center (NRC) and learn about the many ways we can show our planet some love.  

April 3: Climate Science

Earth Month kicks off on April 3 with a night focused on climate change. Exhibitors include N.C. Green Power and the Capital Group Sierra Club. Special SECU Daily Planet programming includes a presentation by WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel at 7:15 p.m., followed by N.C. State University professor Dr. Walt Robinson at 8 p.m. Activities will also include spinning the Wheel of Environmental Knowledge, comparing your carbon footprint, and learning about ocean acidification. 

April 10: Water

April 10 is all about water conservation! A special workshop will be offered at 7 p.m. in the MicroWorld Investigate Lab that gives visitors the opportunity to make their own rain barrels. Pre-registration is appreciated. Exhibitors include Purific Water, Capital Group Sierra Club, City of Raleigh Stormwater Volunteer Programs, City of Raleigh Public Utilities, and N.C. Division of Water Resources. Ball Energy Services will also be on hand to collect all of your used Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs), which are illegal to throw away. Aquatic animals will also be on display.

April 17: Sustainability

Return to the Museum on April 17 to learn how you can live more sustainably! A Green Tour of the Nature Research Center will be offered at 6 p.m. allowing visitors to learn about the many green technologies featured in the building. A special workshop on composting will be offered at 7 p.m. for all who are interested in improving soil conditions in their lawn and gardens. Pre-registration is appreciated. For kids, there will be a special play area called, “From Trash to Toys.” Exhibitors will include Triangle Transit, Capital Area Transit, Albemarle Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, Triangle Green Cleaning, Carolina Castile Soaps, Purific Water and N.C. Green Power. 

April 24: Biodiversity & Conservation

The Museum is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the last day of Earth Month. In anticipation of the grand opening of the Museum’s special exhibition, “Rainforest Adventure” on April 26, a collection of animals found in the rainforest will be on display, including Naja, a live caracal (also known as a desert lynx) from the Conservators’ Center! Visitors will also enjoy exhibits from the N.C. Natural Heritage Program and the Museum’s Arthropod Zoo. Ball Energy Services will once again be available to collect any CFLs you might have forgotten on April 10. Special SECU Daily Planet programming will include "The Golden Eagle has Landed," presented at 6 p.m. by Christine Kelly, a wildlife biologist whose story is featured in the latest issue of the magazine Wildlife in North Carolina

For more information on Earth Month, or to pre-register for a workshop, contact Bonnie Eamick at 919.707.9890 or via email at bonnie.eamick@naturalsciences.org

Publish Date: 
Monday, March 24, 2014