The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences today received a $1 million gift from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used to support and raise awareness for the Nature Research Center, to create exhibits for the Center, and to help provide outreach opportunities across the state. “We very much look forward to working with the Duke Energy Foundation to make the Nature Research Center a world class learning environment,” said Museum director Betsy Bennett.
Duke Energy’s designated naming opportunity is the Duke Energy Exploratory Gallery, which will consist of exhibits on Health Exploration, Science Modeling and Engineering. The NRC is the new 80,000-square-foot wing of the Museum that will focus on engaging the public in scientific research that affects our daily lives. The Duke Energy Exploratory Gallery will provide an opportunity for visitors to interact directly with scientists, participate in actual research and be privy to the latest advances in science. “Our contribution helps ensure that North Carolina’s children have the opportunity to fully understand the deep and rich history of our state’s natural resources,” said Brett Carter, president of Duke Energy Carolinas for the North Carolina service region. “Creating an understanding of all the state’s treasures promotes greater respect for the natural world and fuels the mind for exploration.”