For Educators

The Museum is committed to increasing educators' understanding and appreciation of the natural environment through excellent professional development workshops onsite and in the field and through helping teachers turn their school grounds into areas for wildlife and learning.

Students Discover: Citizen Science Summer Teacher Institute

Date: June 24-26, 2015
Audience: Public School Educators of grades 6-8
Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

Join us to learn how to bring citizen science to your NC Middle School classroom! Choose from four projects with modules designed by NC Kenan Fellows as part of the Students Discover project. The Institute includes meals, lodging and a stipend of $120/day.

Learn how to use the curriculum and take home a kit to help you get started in your classroom.

Students Discover Institute Application Form

Special Events for Educators

Come to the Museum for an event designed just for educators. Learn more about Special Events for Educators »

Educator Treks

Join us for a professional development workshop in the field or at the Museum! Through first-hand experiences in the natural sciences you will increase your content knowledge, gain ideas to use in the classroom, network with other educators, and reinvigorate your teaching. Learn more about Educator Treks »

Workshops at your School

Learn how to enhance the outdoor learning resources on your school grounds and how to incorporate them into all areas of your curriculum through one or more workshops held at your site. Learn more about Workshops at Your School »

Educators of Excellence Institutes

Apply to travel with the Museum on the adventure of a lifetime to fantastic natural areas around the world, including locations such as Yellowstone, Ecuador, and Belize. Make connections with other excellent North Carolina educators as you gain first-hand experiences, science content, and activity ideas to take back to your classroom. Learn more about Educators of Excellence Institutes »

Shad in the Classroom

Let your classroom join efforts restoring American shad, an important and once-abundant species, to the Roanoke and Neuse Rivers. Apply to participate in this hands-on program and receive materials, training, and financial support to bring science to life through this exciting project. Learn more about Shad in the Classroom »

Educator Mailing List

Join the Museum’s Educator Mailing List to receive notices about upcoming workshops, special exhibits previews and other offerings for educators. Already on the list? Use the link to update your information. For additional assistance, please contact Melissa Dowland, 919.707.9898. Sign up for the Educator Mailing List »

Educator’s Guide to Museum Services

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ annual publication, Educator’s Guide to Museum Services, details the learning opportunities and resources offered by the Museum to educators and their students. Check out the current Educator's Guide »

Friends of the Museum: Teacher Benefits

Teachers who join Friends of the Museum receive all the regular membership benefits, plus special benefits reserved just for them: 15% discount on most Educator Treks and 15% discount on Museum Store purchases (5% above regular membership). Learn more about membership benefits »