Programs & Events

Planet Earth Celebration

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Apr. 20, 2013 | Saturday, 9:00am
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Location: Museum of Natural Sciences

Bring the whole family to learn all about the Earth and living sustainably at Planet Earth Celebration!

Plant a seed! Take home a sapling! Learn about composting! Play in our outdoor fun Kid Zone! Learn about cool new green technology, and how you can help your family reduce your carbon footprint, and much more!

Capital Area Transit Fare Free Day!

Ditch the car and parking hassles and ride any Capital Area Transit bus for FREE on Saturday, April 20th in celebration of Earth Day. Stop by the Capital Area Transit booth at the Planet Earth Celebration for a chance to win Free Prizes!

Meet Your Face Mites!

Did you know you have little critters living on your forehead?  Have your forehead sampled for face mites in the Instrumentation Lab on the Nature Research Center’s 3rd floor from 10:30am-1pm.  All can observe, but you must be 18 and over to participate.

The Nature Research Center Turns One-Year Old!

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Nature Research Center, there will be a cake cutting outside on the Daily Planet Plaza with cake for up to 70 people to be held at noon. The public is invited to take part in the celebration.

Daily Planet Theater, Nature Research Center

Building a Greener Future


It’s the Nature Research Center’s first Anniversary!  Museum Exhibit Designer Jenny Profet will discuss the Green Features that were incorporated into the building of this iconic building!

Crossroads of the Natural World

1pm and 3pm

Tom Earnhardt presents his new book "Crossroads of the Natural World", to be followed by a book sale/signing.


One Tribe and Raleigh Drum Circle


Enjoy the drumming of One Tribe and Raleigh Drum Circle on the lawn outside!

Urban Tumbleweed Bowling


The ever-popular Urban Tumbleweed Bowling is back! It will be available all day near the SECU Daily Planet globe. Hundreds of millions of airborne bags, often called “urban tumbleweeds,” are let loose each year. They clog sewers, gutters and waterways, entangle birds, and are swallowed by thousands of whales, turtles and other marine life. Our urban tumbleweed is made of approximately 10,000 bags, which is the approximate number used every 3 seconds in the United States.

Main Building 4th Floor

Natural Talent Design Competition

The 2013 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) North Carolina Natural Talent Design Competition provides an applied learning experience in the principles of integrated design, sustainability, innovation, and social consciousness. Tomorrow's green design innovators are today's students and young professionals throughout the country. The USGBC North Carolina Chapter’s Natural Talent Design Competition calls on collegiate teams throughout North Carolina to submit their design ideas and present a conceptual design for Raleigh’s Union Station — a unique ongoing project that is currently being designed. The students have had the unique opportunity to gain insight from the project’s design team and will display their ‘conceptual spins’ on the design at the Museum of Natural Sciences and USGBC North Carolina’s Generation Green event.


To register for any of these workshops, please email Bonnie EamickCurator of Educational Events.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

The Backyard Beekeeper

If you have ever dreamed of keeping honeybees or you simply find them fascinating, then this class is for you. We will explore the biology and management of a backyard hive and see an active honeybee hive. Additionally we’ll learn about an interesting, low-cost approach to keeping backyard bees and where to obtain honeybees, equipment and advice. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Instructor: Bob Alderink, Natural World Lab Coordinator, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Time: 10am-11am
Fee: $10 

Backyard Composting: Bins, Piles & Beyond! — CANCELED

The Compost Doctor is in!  Compost can help heal the soil, but you need the right prescription.  Learn how to mix yard debris, food scraps and other organic wastes into a combination that’s good for your garden.  Participants will leave with instructions for making healthy compost at home, plus a bag of finished compost to jump-start your home pile.

Instructor: Bianca Howard, Community Education Specialist, City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services Department
Time: 10-11:30am
Fee: $5 

Native Plants — CANCELED

This workshop will provide the participant with ideas on how to incorporate native plants in urban yards, resources for native plants to use, and will look at ways to include native plants in your yard.  Please come prepared to discuss some small plot in your yard where you are thinking about using native plants: pay attention to the amount of sun the area gets, the type of soil, and the moisture content of the area.

Instructors: Tom Harville and Carolyn A. White, North Carolina Native Plant Society
Time: 10:30am-noon
Fee: $5

Downtown Tree Trek

Did you know that the timing of tree leafing, flowering, and fruiting can tell us a lot about our changing climate?  Scientists need YOUR help to document seasonal changes in trees, so don your citizen scientist cap as we visit several downtown trees to collect and submit vital scientific data.  Ages 12 and up.

Instructor: Chris Goforth, Senior Manager of Citizen Science, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Time: 1pm-2pm
Fee: $5

Lost Ladybugs of Raleigh

Become a citizen science and join us for an outdoor ladybug hunt!  Our native ladybugs may be at risk due to the import of non-native species into our country, so scientists need YOUR help to look for, photograph, and submit reports of ladybugs you see.  We’ll visit several sites around the Museum to document and report the biodiversity of downtown Raleigh’s ladybugs!

Instructor: Chris Goforth, Senior Manager of Citizen Science, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Fee: $5

Participants include

  • Angie’s Italian Ice
  • Aqua Vitae Corporation
  • Art by Stacy Lewis
  • The Beehive Collective
  • Be Green Be the Change & Organicality
  • Capital Area Transit
  • Celadon Road
  • Chirba Chirba
  • City of Raleigh
  • The Conservation Fund
  • Conservators’ Center
  • Cure Nursery
  • Eartheal
  • Equal Exchange
  • Evergreen Packaging LLC
  • Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
  • Hibachi Express
  • Jinja Fair Trade
  • Keep NC Beautiful
  • Locopops
  • Marbles Kids Museum
  • Milkweed for Monarchs
  • NC Conservation Network
  • NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • NC GreenPower
  • NC Save the Frogs
  • NC Solar
  • Noonday Collection
  • North Carolina Composting Council
  • North Carolina Consumers Council, Inc.
  • Paint Savvy
  • ParkGeek
  • Progress Energy
  • Red Hen Enterprises
  • Shaklee Independent Distributers
  • Southern Energy Management
  • Sugar Magnolia
  • Triangle Air Awareness
  • Triangle Green Cleaning
  • Triangle Greenways Council
  • Triangle Meatless Monday
  • Triangle Potters Guild
  • Triangle Transit
  • WakeUP Wake County
  • Wheel of Environmental Knowledge
  • Yes! Solar Solutions

Contact for more information. 

Programs and participants are subject to change without notice.