December 2012–February 2013
Thanks to a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation, all Educator Trek costs will be reduced for 2012-13. Costs listed below reflect this reduction.
Where Swans Fly and Bears Walk
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, near Plymouth, NC
Friday, January 4 (depart from Raleigh at 3:45 pm)–Saturday, January 5, 2013
Cost: $50 (includes lodging, breakfast, lunch and transportation to and from Raleigh)
Join Museum staff and refuge biologists as we experience one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in North Carolina — thousands of tundra swans, snow geese and other waterfowl over-wintering in an area rich in wildlife such as black bears, bobcats and red wolves. Learn to identify waterfowl and other winter birds. Pick up practical tips on observing and preserving wildlife tracks and signs. Gain insights into incorporating lessons on wild creatures into your curriculum.
Yellowstone National Park, Montana and Wyoming
Wednesday, January 16–Tuesday, January 22, 2013
(With an orientation at the Museum in Raleigh on Saturday, November 17, 2012)
Cost: TBA (includes airfare from Raleigh to Bozeman, Montana; ground transportation in Yellowstone; five nights lodging in the Park; a snowcoach excursion; and snowshoe rental)
NOTE: Based on previous trips, we anticipate a cost for Yellowstone in Winter of around $1500 (but may be more or less than this amount). Actual cost will be determined closer to date of trip. Deposit of $500 will be due upon acceptance; balance will be due at Orientation on November 17, 2012.
Glimpse the spectacular natural wonders of America’s first National Park and discover its charismatic inhabitants — elk, wolves, bison and more. Explore the connections between Yellowstone and North Carolina and discuss how to link your experiences to the classroom. Via the Museum’s Web site, your students will be able follow our adventures in this winter paradise by reading daily journals and viewing pictures  of the incredible beauty and wildness that we experience. Due to the popularity, expense and extreme conditions of this trek, we have instituted an application process. For an application, contact Melissa Dowland  at 919.707.9898 . No deposit is necessary until selections have been made. Applications are due at the Museum by Friday, September 28, 2012.
NASA Educator Trek: Marsbound Engineering in the Classroom
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Saturday, January 26, 2013
10 a.m-5 p.m.
Cost: $25 deposit (will be returned upon completion of workshop)
This workshop is designed for educators of grades 6-8, however all educators are welcome!
Are you looking for innovative ways to engage your students in STEM with FREE resources and inexpensive household supplies while meeting and addressing NCES and the Next Generation Science Standards? This session will introduce teachers to NASA's Marsbound activity, with an emphasis on integrating engineering design practices into the Physical Science and Earth and Environmental Science in Grade 6-8. Come join us as we explore the many education resources NASA provides. We will build model satellites to orbit the Earth, Moon, or Mars and then launch your model satellites with your personally designed balloon rockets! This workshop is FREE and includes take-home materials and lunch.
Educator Trek Registration Form  (PDF)