Programs & Events

Youth Science Programs

Junior Volunteers | Junior Curators | Teen Advisory Board | Girls in Science | Boys in ScienceTeen Science Cafés | Teen TV Program

Teen Volunteer Fair

Thursday, Feb 27
6:30-7:30 pm
Level A Conference Room

Calling all teens! Interested in volunteering at the Museum?  Come learn about our volunteer programs, get answers to your questions, and meet our current teen volunteers. Parents also welcome to attend. Free. No RSVP needed.

Junior Volunteers

Grades 9-12 (in 2014-2015 school year)

Junior Volunteers are teenagers who are passionate about sharing science and the natural world with Museum visitors.  Junior Volunteers assist and interact with Museum visitors, enhancing the visitor experience and sharing their natural history knowledge. Junior Volunteers are trained to work with props and mobile programs on the Museum floor. Volunteers commit to 45 hours of service during the summer session (June-August).

PLEASE NOTE that this program focuses on sharing information and educating visitors. It is not a science research program, and it does not involve animal handling.

The Junior Volunteer program is accepting applications for summer 2014.

Please email kathryn.fromson@naturalsciences.org for application forms, which include essay questions for the student as well as a recommendation from a teacher.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm April 2, 2014. No late or incomplete applications will be considered.

Applicants must be available for an interview during one of the following slots:

  • 3:30–5:30pm, Monday April 21
  • 3:30–5:30pm, Wednesday April 23
  • 3:30–5:30pm, Thursday April 24
  • 3:30–5:30pm, Monday April 28
  • 3:30–5:30pm, Tuesday April 29 

and, if accepted, for a mandatory Orientation and Training Session:

9am-5pm, Saturday May 17

For more information, please contact Kathryn Fromson, Curator of Youth Programs, at 919.707.9951.

Junior Curators

Grades 8-12 (in 2014-2015 school year)

Junior Curators are volunteers with an intense interest in natural science and animal husbandry. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting in the care and feeding of live animals, natural history educational programs and participation in Museum special events. Junior Curators enjoy science themed seminars on various natural science topics throughout the year. Monthly field experiences to natural areas around the state and participation in natural history service projects are offered regularly. Junior Curators interact frequently with Museum staff and other natural science professionals from local universities and state agencies. Students work together with like-minded peers for the duration of their volunteer experience.

Once accepted, students may stay in the program until they graduate from high school.

Applications must be received by the Museum by 5pm April 14, 2014. No late or incomplete applications will be considered.

Junior Curator Facebook Group - for all past and present Junior Curators associated with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. 

For more information, please contact Lynn Cross, Coordinator of Youth Programs, at 919.707.9882.

Teen Advisory Board

Grades 10 & 11 (in 2014-2015 school year)

The Teen Advisory Board is will be responsible for hosting monthly Teen Science Cafes. These cafes allow students to build leadership skills by working with café presenters and assisting in the planning and implementation of activities related to the cafes. Café hosting duties also include talking with café attendees, making announcements, and assisting with participant questions.

This group has three monthly requirements: group meetings twice per month and attending the monthly Cafes. The monthly meetings occur on Wednesday afternoons from 4–6pm and run throughout the school year (early September through early June). A planning retreat will happen in mid-August and students admitted to the program must attend. Students must also attend all seven of the Teen Science Cafes which occur on the first Friday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm. The term of this board will be one school year with a possible invitation to stay on a second school year if student is in good standing.

Applications are due May 19, 2014.

For more information, please contact Lynn Cross, Coordinator of Youth Programs, at 919.707.9882.

Girls in Science Connect:Nature

Grades 6 & 7

Girls in Science - stream sampling

Girls in Science Connect:Nature is an eight-week afterschool program that offers sixth- and seventh-grade girls hands-on science experiences in the natural world and in the Museum. We are now accepting applications for the spring Girls in Science Connect:Nature program. For more information, including description, dates, and application forms, please see the Girls in Science Connect:Nature page.

Girls in Science Piedmont Summer Ed-Venture

Rising Grades 6 & 7

We offer a week of scientific adventure for middle-school girls each summer.

For more information, please see the Girls in Science Piedmont Summer Ed-Venture page or contact Kathryn Fromson, Curator of Youth Programs, at 919.707.9951. 

Boys in Science Piedmont Ed-Venture

Rising Grades 7 & 8

We offer a week of scientific adventure for middle-school boys each summer. 

For more information please see the Boys in Science Piedmont Ed-Venture page or contact Kathryn Fromson, Curator of Youth Programs, at 919.707.9951.

Girls in Science and Boys in Science are funded by a generous grant from The Walmart Foundation.

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Teen Science Cafés

All teens are welcome to join us for our FREE Teen Science Cafés at the Museum.

Time: First Fridays, 6-7pm.

Location: The Daily Planet Café in the Nature Research Center at 121 West Jones St, Raleigh.

Learn more about Teen Science Cafés 

Teen Science Cafes are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Teen TV Program

Grades 9-12 in the 2013-2014 school year

This program will enable teens to showcase their talents and skills in TV and multimedia broadcasting. Highly skilled professionals will instruct and mentor students in order to produce quality science-themed segments that will be available to the public. This multifaceted multimedia program will build students' skills in communication, teamwork, and networking while students gain real-world experience in production and broadcasting. Prior technical knowledge and skills are recommended but are not necessary.

APPLICATIONS DUE BY 5pm MONDAY MAY 19, 2014.

Teen TV Program Application | Teen TV Teacher Recommendation | Teen TV General Recommendation

Questions? Contact Tamara Poles, 919.707.9277.