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"Exploring North Carolina" in Schools

Over the past few years, many students, teachers and administrators have asked about the availability of episodes of "Exploring North Carolina" for use in the classroom and as home study aids for students. Now, thanks to a grant to the Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, selected episodes and segments of the "Exploring North Carolina" series will be provided at no cost to middle and secondary public schools in this state. This extraordinary series will provide students with a close-up look at North Carolina's important ecosystems, geology, rivers, weather patterns, fauna and flora. Students will also have access to the most up-to-date material on American Indians and the early explorers who visited this region during the Age of Discovery.

A dedicated group including teachers, naturalists from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and staff from series creators Natural World Productions, have been working for the past year to segment a dozen ENC episodes into smaller topic-driven chapters. These three- to five-minute chapters are designed to assist educators in bringing images and stories of the natural world into their classroom, as well as to provide students with accessible home study aids. In addition, the group developed curriculum-correlated lesson plans and viewing guides to help educators explore specific subjects more deeply.

DVDs are available by contacting Liz Baird, Director of Education, or online here and at iTunes University.

Please check this web page again soon for a complete listing of the episodes of "Exploring North Carolina" that will be released to schools this spring.

"Exploring North Carolina" Season Four Schedule

Exploring North Carolina Episode Guide (UNC TV)


The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications, and educational programming. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 am to 5 pm, and Sun., noon to 5 pm. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the Web at naturalsciences.org. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, William G. Ross Jr., Secretary.