RALEIGH — Spend a day exploring the ocean in the middle of downtown Raleigh! On Saturday, November 3 from 9am to 5pm, you are invited to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the new Nature Research Center to learn about the marine mammals along our coast — including whales, dolphins and seals — and the challenges they must overcome in the face of global climate change. Free.
Visit educational stations highlighting “Whales and Dolphins of North Carolina,” “Polar Bears: Arctic Icons,” “Coral Reefs and Climate Change,” “Sea Level Rise in North Carolina” and more. Or listen to experts as they discuss “Getting to Know Beaufort’s Dolphins,” “How to Collect Whales” and the “Global Change and Local Impacts of Climate Change on The North Carolina Coast.” You can also check out the short film “Immersed in Change,” playing the Nature Research Center’s Science Panorama Theater. Event partners include the North Carolina Maritime Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Marine Sciences, NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
There will also be several cool activities for kids of all ages including craft activities and an interactive echolocation booth. Echolocating animals emit calls out to the environment and listen to the echoes of those calls that return from various objects in the environment. Echolocation is used for navigation and for foraging (or hunting) in various environments. Besides bats, dolphins and certain species of whales are commonly known to echolocate.
For more information about Marine Mammal Day , call 919.707.9879.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, located at 11 West Jones Street in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Visit us online at naturalsciences.org. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 12-5pm. General admission is free. The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary.