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Title Program Type Description Dates Available

Dirt is Alive! – Exploring Dirt With DNA & RNA Sequencing

Interactive Video Conferencing Send us a sample of dirt from your school and we will tell you what’s living in it and how organisms such as people depend on soil for survival. Students will also learn how scientists traditionally studied these microbes by culturing, but also, how and w Year round

Dirt is Alive!

Interactive Video Conferencing Send us a sample of dirt from your school and we will tell you what’s living in it and how organisms such as people depend on soils for survival. Year round

Human Impacts on Aquatic Systems: Stream Study

Study how urbanization and other human impacts influence aquatic systems by sampling water quality in our stream. October 7, 2014 - May 29, 2015

Human Impacts on Aquatic Systems: Pond Study

Study how urbanization and other human impacts influence aquatic systems by sampling for aquatic insects in our pond. October 7, 2014 - May 29, 2015

Mapping Species Using GIS

iLab Use GIS to predict population distribution of threatened species in North Carolina. October 9, 2014 - May 29, 2015

pH: The Secret Alliance of Kidneys and Lungs

iLab Investigate how two very different organs, the kidneys and the lungs, work together to keep the human body in its narrow, life-sustaining pH range. October 8, 2014 - May 29, 2015

Human Body Systems

iLab Using models and hands-on activities, explore five major human body systems (digestive, nervous, circulatory, excretory and respiratory) and learn how each system functions to maintain life. January 5, 2015 - May 29, 2015

Properties of Matter

iLab Delve into the properties of matter by doing experiments with density, buoyancy, mass and density. October 7, 2014 - May 29, 2015

Exploring Aquatic Ecosystems

Sample abiotic factors of a stream OR calculate the water quality of a pond based on the macroinvertebrate fauna. October 8, 2014 - May 29, 2015

Soils, Seeds, and Plants

Explore properties of soils: water retention, texture and color. October 8, 2014 - May 29, 2015

Cycles of Life at Prairie Ridge

Search out baby birds, tadpoles, flowers or insects and learn how they develop. October 8, 2014 - May 29, 2015

What Lives Here

Explore the prairie and its woodland edge looking for signs of life. September, October 2014 & April, May 2015

Jurassic Pork! Dinos, the Other White Meat

Interactive Video Conferencing In this program, students will learn how to extract DNA, analyze DNA results, and compare morphologies to determine the T-Rex’s closest relative! Only offered September 1-June 1

Explore Armpit and Belly Button Microbes with DNA Sequencing

Interactive Video Conferencing Meet Dr. Julie Horvath or Dr. Julie Urban and learn how we use DNA sequencing to identify the “wildlife” living on our bodies. Year round

Armpit and Belly Button Biodiversity

Interactive Video Conferencing Meet Dr. Julie Horvath or Dr. Julie Urban and learn about their research on the “wildlife” living on our bodies. Year round

Field Biology is an Adventure

Interactive Video Conferencing Dr. Roland Kays is the world's expert on kinkajous. Year round

Rodent Robbers: How Thieving Rodents Help Forest Trees Regenerate

Interactive Video Conferencing Meet Dr. Roland Kays and learn about his research on rodents and how they help regenerate new forests. Year round

Animals Two by Two

Curiosity Classes In this program, students will meet live animals of the same type, and compare and contrast them. October 7, 2014 - May 29, 2015

Naturalist Center: Teacher-Led Exploration of Collections

Other Teachers can conduct their own lessons while using the Naturalist Center’s collections and equipment. Year round

Butterfly Basics

Interactive Video Conferencing Explore what butterflies are, what they look like, what they eat and why they are important to us. year-round

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