Virtual Outreach

Visit the Museum without leaving your site through interactive distance learning. Delivered using videoconferencing technology, students from kindergarten through high school can enjoy a variety of interactive programs designed to cover core curriculum requirements.

Registration: Participants must have some form of videoconferencing equipment or software to participate. A test with your site is required prior to scheduling. Programs must be scheduled six weeks in advance. Programs are free, but donations are encouraged.

For more information contact Kaytee Smith, e-learning coordinator, at 919.707.9899 or katherine.smith@naturalsciences.org.


Butterflies and Moths*

Grades K–5

Explore what butterflies are, what they look like, what they eat and why they are important to us. Students will become butterfly scientists and learn about the body parts and life cycle of butterflies.

Discovering Dinosaurs*

Grades K–5

What is a fossil? How do we use fossils to develop an understanding of what life was like millions of years ago? What other animals lived long ago? Students will learn how to interpret fossils and what they teach us about the lives of dinosaurs.

Coastal Carolina*

Grades 4–5

Form meets function as students investigate how our coastal animals adapt and interact with their marine environment. Using specimens and replicas students will learn about the main habitats of the coastal marine envi- ronment.

Animals of Fairy Tales

Grades K–5

Since the dawn of humanity, people have created stories about the animals living around them. All kinds of creatures, from fierce leopards to tiny spiders, are in fairy and folk tales from cultures all over the world. In this program students learn about animals that inspired characters with extraordinary abilities including frogs and tortoises.

Meet the Unhuggables

Grades K–5

Learn about some of nature's most misunderstood and feared animals. Students will get to meet some animal ambassadors from the Museum's live animal collection, and learn about the important roles these critters play in their habitat and ecosystem.

*These programs can be supplemented with a hands-on learning discovery kit that will be sent to your location prior to the program.

Meet the Scientist: The Naturalist Center

Grades 3–12
Thursdays

Take a journey to the Naturalist Center, a space devoted to a hands-on natural history collection. In this program students will learn about the importance of museum collections & biodiversity, the care of specimens, and exploring the natural world.

Meet the Scientist: When the Ground Shakes...Will North Carolina?

Grade level 3–12
Fridays

Geology Research Lab Program

What makes the world shake? Does North Carolina have earthquakes? Join geologist Dr. Christopher Tacker as he takes you on a journey through North Carolina’s geologic history.

Meet the Scientist: Free Gold in North Carolina!

Grade level 3–12
Fridays

Geology Research Lab Program

How can you tell the difference between gold and other minerals? Join geologist Dr. Christopher Tacker as he explains the fundamentals of mineral identification such as the Mohs Hardness scale as your students take part in a fun rock identification game!

Meet the Scientist: Geochemistry- Computers, Lasers and Electron Beams

Grade level 3–12
Fridays

Geology Research Lab Program

Geochemists have the coolest tools in their lab. Explore the lab of geologist Dr. Christopher Tacker as he shows your class what a geochemist does and the awesome equipment they use for their research.

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SMARTS Program sponsored by Glaxo Smith Kline


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