The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville is being redesigned as an indoor-outdoor learning center for exploring science and nature. Modeled after the successful programs at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh’s Nature Research Center, Nature Exploration Center and Prairie Ridge Ecostation, plans are underway to create:
- An Investigate Lab where visitors participate in hands-on activities using state-of-the-art scientific tools.
- A Nature Play Space that blends natural and man-made play components in a safe environment, developed particularly with young children in mind, to encourage children to use imagination and creative play to explore, interact with and learn about the natural world.
- A Naturalist Center providing visitors of all ages hands-on access to a collection of natural specimens and the tools to facilitate observation and investigation of the natural world around them.
- Distance Learning opportunities linking research scientists and educators to the community, and enhanced programs for school groups, preschoolers and the general public.
415 South Madison Street
Whiteville, NC 28472
Natural Science Encounters, a feature of the North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival
Saturday, November 1
- Southeast debut of the GeoDome film “We are the River,” produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Art Howard.
- A Naturalist Center sampling, featuring natural world specimens with Cindy Lincoln, Director of the Naturalist Center at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
- Nature Play Space, an outdoor learning environment designed for young children.
- Animal Adventures, where visitors can get up close with a variety of live animals.
- Investigate Labs for all ages to try the tools that scientists use in the labs.
- “Funky Bug Antenna Crowns” – Children’s craft activity
- Spotlight on the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources featuring experts from:
- Lake Waccamaw State Park
- Jones Lake State Park
- Lumber River State Park
- NC DENR Division of Air Quality
- NC Cooperative Extension Service, with ideas and examples of composting and beekeeping
- Bladen Lakes State Forest
- Wildlife Action’s Loving the Earth Mobile Classroom
- Southeastern Community College Environmental Action Club
Teen Science Cafés
Teen Science Cafés bring teens together in an informal setting to learn about science and technology. Each Café features a scientist speaking on topics chosen by teens, an activity relating to the discussion, snacks and time to meet other teens that enjoy science. This nationwide program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and in North Carolina takes place at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, the Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, and Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill. Examples of topics that have been covered at previous Cafés range from facial recognition technology to the micropropagation of Venus’ fly trap. The program is FREE! Space is limited, so please call the Museum at 910.914.4185 to reserve a spot. Parents must bring their teen(s) to the classroom to sign in. Teens must be picked up before the Museum closes at 7pm.
Schedule: Fridays, November 21, December 19, January 16 or 23, February 20, March 27, April 17 or 24, May 15 or 22
The Museum at Whiteville also offers a variety of outreach programs for classrooms, children’s programs and other youth groups. For information contact Kellie Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org .