Education

Winter Treks

December 2013–February 2014 Educator Treks

Educator Trek Registration Form (PDF) – Complete, print and mail this form to register for Educator Treks. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email and/or mailed receipt. Workshop details will be sent via email one to two weeks prior to the workshop.

A Complete STEM Experience

Micro World Investigate Lab, Nature Research Center, Raleigh, N.C.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
10 a.m - 2 p.m.
Cost:
**$25 deposit (deposit will be returned at workshop, please send separate check if registering for multiple workshops)
Targeted for teachers of grades 6–12.
Turn your students into separation scientists.  Explore the world of food dyes and design an electrophoresis apparatus to separate food dyes in candy and KoolAid using engineering practices and mathematics. Lunch will be provided and participants will receive a Size Exclusion Chromatography Kit from Bio-Rad to use with students in their classroom.
**This workshop is offered for FREE thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Where Swans Fly and Bears Walk

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, near Plymouth, NC
Friday, January 3 (depart from Raleigh at 3:45 pm)–Saturday, January 4, 2014
Cost: $90 (includes lodging, breakfast, lunch and transportation to and from Raleigh)

Join Museum staff and refuge biologists as we experience one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in North Carolina — thousands of tundra swans, snow geese and other waterfowl over-wintering in an area rich in wildlife such as black bears, bobcats and red wolves. Learn to identify waterfowl and other winter birds. Pick up practical tips on observing and preserving wildlife tracks and signs. Gain insights into incorporating lessons on wild creatures into your teaching.

Yellowstone in Winter

Yellowstone National Park, Montana and Wyoming
Thursday, January 16–Wednesday, January 22, 2014
**NOTE: Slight date change!
(With an orientation at the Museum in Raleigh on Saturday, December 7, 2013)
Cost: TBA (includes airfare to Bozeman, Montana; ground transportation in Yellowstone; five nights lodging in the Park; a snowcoach excursion; and snowshoe rental)

NOTE: Based on previous trips, we anticipate a cost for Yellowstone in Winter of around $1,950 (but may be more or less than this amount). Actual cost will be determined closer to date of trip. Deposit of $500 will be due upon acceptance; balance will be due at Orientation on December 7, 2013.
Glimpse the spectacular natural wonders of America’s first National Park and discover its charismatic inhabitants — elk, wolves, bison and more. Explore the connections between Yellowstone and North Carolina and discuss how to link your experiences to the classroom. Via the Museum’s Web site, your students will be able follow our adventures in this winter paradise by reading daily journals and viewing pictures of the incredible beauty and wildness that we experience. Due to the popularity, expense and extreme conditions of this trek, we have instituted an application process. For an application, contact Melissa Dowland at 919.707.9898 . No deposit is necessary until selections have been made. Applications are due at the Museum by Friday, September 27, 2013.

Mammal Collections

Naturalist Center, Nature Research Center, Raleigh, NC
Friday, January 24, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $25 (includes specimen preparation kit, specimen to prepare)

This workshop is designed for environmental educators (i.e. park and nature center employees), however other educators are welcome to attend!
Learn techniques used by museum curators to collect, prepare, and care for mammal specimens in a research collection. Get hands-on experience by preparing a study skin specimen for the museum. Explore the museum’s vast research collection of mammals and discover options for developing a natural history collection for educational purposes.

NASA Educator Trek: Exploring Atmospheres with LADEE

Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $25 deposit
(deposit will be returned at workshop, please send separate check if registering for multiple workshops)
Does the Moon have an atmosphere? Explore NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer and compare atmospheres on Earth, the Moon and Mars. Discover the similarities and differences between the Earth’s atmosphere and those of other planets and celestial bodies. Explore the variety of landing methods used create landers by working through NASA Engineering Challenge’s ‘Touchdown Challenge’. Discover ways to include science, technology, engineering and math in your classroom as we explore the Moon and learn about atmospheres. 

NASA Educator Trek: The Evolution of Technology

Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - *Note date change!
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $25 deposit
(deposit will be returned at workshop, please send separate check if registering for multiple workshops)
Our knowledge of the world and our understanding of the universe has changed in many exciting ways with the advancement of technology. Travel through time with NASA education specialists and discover how ‘what we know’ has evolved with technology. Rediscover the history of flight, racing, solar system exploration and Earth System Science and learn how technological advances have changed our everyday lives. Become a researcher and discover a strange new planet and rediscover Earth’s Energy Budget. See how observations of these new planets change as technology advances. Create a timeline of the advances in Earth science, solar system exploration, flight and racing and note similarities in your own STEM notebooks.

Educator Trek Registration Form (PDF) – Complete, print and mail this form to register for Educator Treks. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email and/or mailed receipt. Workshop details will be sent via email one to two weeks prior to the workshop.