Programs & Events

Outreach

The Museum comes to you with live animals, natural objects and exceptional educators. Our lively sessions can be geared for any age, from civic groups to birthday parties, Scout groups, senior center gatherings to youth group meetings, public library programs to after-school programs. We can even offer a booth for large-scale community gatherings.

Our programs can also be tailored to meet the needs of special populations such as Spanish language speakers, at-risk youth, students and adults with special needs, pediatric patients and their families, and senior citizens. Please check out our Special Populations offerings.

En Español

Note: Programs using live animals have limited availability on Saturdays and Sundays.

Hands-on Programs for Small Groups

Maximum group size: 30; for more than 30 participants, you must schedule additional programs or a slide presentation.
Fee: $100; $90 for institutions, nonprofit organizations and Museum members.
Program length: 60 minutes
To register: Contact Martha Fisk, curator of community outreach, at 919.707.9883 at least 6 weeks prior to desired program date.
Note: An adult representative of the host group must be present during programs involving young participants.

Story Time

Ages 4 and up
Learning is fun when you combine children’s literature with the natural sciences. Each program features two books with accompanying live animals and specimens.

Growing Up in the Animal World

Ages 4 and up
Meet a variety of live animals and learn about the changes they go through as they develop.

Dinosaur Discovery

Ages 4 and up
Explore the awe-inspiring world of dinosaurs. Learn about their habits and lifestyles while comparing live animals to these prehistoric wonders.

Birds of a Feather

Ages 4 and up
Discover the diversity of lifestyles in the bird world by investigating the characteristics and adaptations of these animals. Please note that this program does not include live animals.

Marvelous Mammals

Ages 4 and up
What do all mammals have in common? Explore the fascinating characteristics of the animal group to which humans belong. Meet some warm and furry creatures. This program has limited availability.

Animal Tracks and Signs

Ages 4 and up
Learn how to use your senses to uncover the different clues left behind by animals. Meet some of the live animals you might encounter in your own backyard.

Interesting Invertebrates

Ages 4 and up
Meet live invertebrates such as millipedes, crayfish, tarantulas, scorpions, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches in this up close, safe look at animals without backbones.

Arthropods are Everywhere

Ages 6 and up
Meet a variety of live “bugs” and learn about the amaz¬ing adaptations of this group of animals without back¬bones.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Ages 6 and up
Check out the distinguishing characteristics of these two fascinating animal groups. Many living examples will be on hand.

Wading through Wetlands

Ages 6 and up
Few places are as important to our ecological health as wetlands. Discover why these fragile areas need our protection, and meet the animals that live there.

Terrific Turtles

Ages 6 and up
Explore the surprising diversity of turtle lifestyles and characteristics. This program features many live turtles and offers tips on captive care.

Sssnakes

Ages 6 and up
Learn all about these slithery sensations up-close. Examine a number of living nonvenomous snakes and discover how to study snakes safely.

Rocks and Minerals

Ages 6 and up
Discover the amazing properties and characteristics of rocks and minerals through hands-on activities and investigation of specimens. Please note that this program does not include live animals.

Fossils and Prehistoric Life

Ages 6 and up
Investigate how fossils are formed and discover how scientists use them to study animals and the world of the distant past. Search for your very own fossils to take home.

Tropical Connections

Ages 6 and up
Find out about North Carolina’s connection to the tropics and how our actions here impact tropical regions. Meet some of the Museum’s exotic tropical animals.

Animals of the Constellations

Ages 6 and up
Discover some common animal constellations and learn about the names and legends of the stars in the sky. Meet some of the live animals that the legends are based on.

Programs for Festivals & Community Gatherings

Maximum group size: not applicable
Fee: $100 per hour; $90 per hour for institutions, nonprofit organizations and Museum members.
Program length: 2-hour minimum
To register: Contact Martha Fisk, curator of community outreach, at 919.707.9883 at least 6 weeks prior to desired program date.
Note: These are not structured lectures for large groups.

Meet the Animals

All ages
This popular display introduces living creatures and natural specimens from the Museum. Educators answer questions and provide a hands-on educational experience. Please note: This is not a structured lecture for a large group.

Slide Talks for Large or Small Groups

Maximum group size: Determined by host group
Fee: $100; $90 for institutions, nonprofit organizations and Museum members
Program length: 60 minutes
To register: Contact Martha Fisk, curator of community outreach, at 919.707.9883 at least 6 weeks prior to desired program date.
Note: An adult representative of the host group must be present during programs involving young participants.

North Carolina Treasures

Ages 6 and up
Discover unique North Carolina habitats and meet the plants and animals that call them home.

Venomous Snakes and Spiders of North Carolina

Ages 6 and up
Discover the differences between dangerous and harmless species of snakes and spiders. Examine live, non-venomous snakes as well as various types of spiders in a safe, non-threatening environment.

Bat Mania

Ages 6 and up
Dispel myths and learn interesting facts about the world's only flying mammal. Discover why bats are important to our ecosystem. Please note that this program does not include live animals.

Birthday Parties

Maximum group size: 15 children
Ages: 4 and up
Fee: $100; $90 for Museum members
Program length: 60 minutes
To register: Contact Martha Fisk, curator of community outreach, at 919.707.9883 at least 6 weeks prior to desired program date.
Note: An adult host must be present during the program.

Looking for a fun, educational idea for your child’s next birthday? Choose from any of the Museum’s Outreach topics to liven up the party. Museum educators make your child’s hands-on birthday party one to remember!

Birthday parties for children are also available at the Museum.