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Navigation: Finding your way from here to there

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
  • 10:00am - 11:30am

A baby sea turtle hatched on a North Carolina beach this summer and swam all the way to the Sargasso Sea.  Years from now as an adult, it will find its way back to that same beach. Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain to the Caribbean islands several times.  Neither the turtle nor the renaissance explorer had the benefit of GPS to guide them across a featureless Atlantic Ocean.  Still, both explorers found their way to their destinations. How did they do it?  In this class we will compare and contrast the many ways that animals and humans navigate. We learn how birds, mammals and reptiles use sun, magnetic forces and polarized light to guide them.  We will learn how early explorers found latitude and later longitude, using primitive tools. We will build our own sun and magnetic compasses and use a combination of ancient tools and modern lasers and sextants to help us find our way from” here to there”.

Program Instructor: Bob Alderink, Coordinator for Natural World investigate Lab.

Registration information: Registration is full

For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.


  • Fee: $20 for parent/child pair and $10 for each additional child.
  • Requirements: Suggested minimum age 10 (minors must be accompanied by a paying adult).
  • Cancellation Notice: Refunds only issued if the Museum cancels the program.
  • Program Instructor: Bob Alderink
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February 10, 2016
10:00 am - 11:30 am
$20 for parent/child pair and $10 for each additional child.


Natural World Investigate Lab

Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States


Debbie Huston