Overview

The Naturalist Center provides visitors access to an extensive collection of specimens for individual or class research or for general interest. Collections include birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, plants, fossils, rocks, minerals and more. Learn more about some specimens using two interactive computer "tabletop" field guides. Staff can provide assistance with self-directed exploration in the Naturalist Center.

Have a question about nature? Ask a Naturalist

The Naturalist Center is on the second floor of the Nature Research Center

  • Sunday, 1–4 pm
  • Monday, closed
  • Tuesday–Friday, 10 am–4 pm
  • Thursdays, 10 am–4 pm and 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
  • Last entry at 3:45 pm.

Ages: All ages are welcome, however, main collection areas are restricted to children 8 years or older. There is an activity area for younger children or groups with mixed ages.

Room capacity: 35

Volunteering

Volunteers greet and assist Naturalist Center visitors as they interact with specimens and resources available in the Center. Occasional volunteer projects include preparing, labeling and curating specimens.

Time commitment: At least 6–8 hours per month (preferred)

Training: On-the-job training; Knowledge of native plants and animals is helpful, but not required.

More Information about Volunteering

Online Collections

Search the Naturalist Center Collection Database

The collection is not available for loans and is primarily used as an educational collection for visitors to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Accordingly, the search is mainly for internal, on-site purposes.


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