The Hungry Games

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  • Grade Levels: 5th Grade
  • Times Available: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am, 10am, 12pm, 1pm
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - May 2016

Oh, the tangled web we weave trying to decide who eats what or whom. Discover the interdependence that plants and animals have with their ecosystems and how energy flows among all components involved. Who or what is most important? What roles need to be played to maintain the delicate balance of survival? Grades 3 –… Read More >

Fossils: Windows into the Past – Whiteville

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  • Grade Levels: 4th Grade
  • Times Available: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am, 10am, 12pm, 1pm
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - May 2016

Students will be challenged through the creation of their own fossil replicas of extinct creatures, and then through research contemplate their prehistoric past and significance. Grades 3 – 5 may choose two 1-hour programs: Investigate Lab Experience – Whiteville plus 2nd program of your choice. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville is… Read More >

Investigate Lab Experience – Whiteville

In this hands-on lab, students become scientists and are introduced to scientific tools used to observe and study the natural world. Students are issued a lab coat, clipboard and an Observation Journal to record their findings. Students rotate every 15 minutes to 4 stations: Micro-pipetting, Measurement, Magnification and the Naturalist Center. In the Naturalist Center… Read More >

Turtles and Tree Rings

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  • Grade Levels: 3rd Grade
  • Times Available: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am, 10am, 12pm, 1pm
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - May 2016

How does our environment affect growth? Examine tree cookies and turtle scutes to identify how trees and animals respond to environmental factors such as insect infestation, draught, fire, and food availability. Grades 3 – 5 may choose two 1-hour programs: Investigate Lab Experience – Whiteville plus 2nd program of your choice. The North Carolina Museum… Read More >

Healthy Habitats

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  • Grade Levels: 1st Grade
  • Times Available: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am, 10am, 12pm, 1pm
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - May 2016

All living creatures and organisms have basic needs to survive and thrive. What are these basic needs? How does the environment supply them? Do we as humans impact what the environment can offer? This program includes a visit to the Nature PlaySpace. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): 1.L.1, 2.L.1, 5.L.3 Scheduling information:Registration for the 2015-2016 school year… Read More >

Your Backyard -Whiteville

Discover the fascinating world of your backyard. Learn how backyards can be good animal homes and how animal activity changes with each season and the weather. Meet this season’s backyard “stars” along the Tree Trail using our observations skills to discover real animals that can be found in our own backyards. Program includes 30 minutes… Read More >

Things that Grow – Plants

Take a sensory stroll along the tree trail making observations about plants and animals native to our local area. Hands-on activities include matching seeds to trees and tracks to animals. Program includes 30 minute exploration of the Nature PlaySpace and Discovery Forest with a Museum educator as your guide. The North Carolina Museum of Natural… Read More >

Things that Grow – Animals

Explore similarities and differences among animals by comparing eggs, nests and animal coverings. Observe and touch nests, animal skins, scales, and wings. Program includes a 30 minute exploration of the Nature PlaySpace and Discovery Forest with a Museum educator as your guide. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville is located at 415… Read More >

Animal Life Cycles at Whiteville

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  • Grade Levels: 2nd Grade
  • Times Available: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am, 10am, 12pm, 1pm
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - May 2016

How do living creatures grow and change? Investigate the life cycles of several NC creatures. How are they different? How are they similar? What are their challenges? The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville is located at 415 South Madison St., Whiteville, NC 28472. The Museum, based in Columbus County, serves the southeastern… Read More >

Tropical Bugs and their North Carolina Cousins

Delve into the amazing world of insects and spiders and explore the many roles of arthropods in the tropics. Learn about the unique natural histories and unusual adaptations of several tropical arthropods and their North Carolina counterparts. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): 8.L.3, Bio.2.1, Bio.2.2 Scheduling information: Scheduling for the 2015–2016 school year begins Tuesday, August 11,… Read More >

Exploring the World Marketplace

Participate in an active simulation that models what can happen when countries export their forest resources as manufactured products. Experience some of the dynamics involved in the international trade of forest products when forest resources are unevenly distributed. This program is 1 1/2 hours. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): Bio.2.2, EEn.2.8 Scheduling information: Scheduling for the 2015–2016… Read More >

Tropical Biodiversity

Observe live plants and animals characteristic of a Central American dry tropical forest during this program that highlights biodiversity within tropical ecosystems, North Carolina’s connections with the New World tropics and plant and animal survival strategies. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): 8.L.3, Bio.2.1, Bio.2.2 Scheduling information: Scheduling for the 2015–2016 school year begins Tuesday, August 11, 2015…. Read More >

Bringing the Outdoors In: Why and How?

Explore the connections that North Carolina has to the New World Tropics and get hands-on experience with the technology that maintains a piece of tropical dry forest on the fourth floor of the Museum. This program is 1 1/2 hours. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): 6.L.1, 6.L.2, 6.E.2, 6.TT.1, 7.E.1, 7.TT.1  8.E.1, 8.L.3, 8.TT.1, Bio.2.1, Bio.2.2, PSc.2.2,… Read More >

Rocks Stories

Share a journey through time with three rocks: metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary. Learn how rocks are formed. Meet a live animal whose ancestors can be found in the fossil record. Program includes 20 minutes of Discovery Room exploration, teacher packet and a natural science object for the classroom. This program takes place in the Discovery… Read More >

Your Backyard

Discover the fascinating world of your backyard. Meet this season’s backyard “stars”: live animals like box turtles, beetles, rabbits, salamanders and flying squirrels. Learn how backyards can be good animal homes and how animal activity changes with each season and the weather. Program includes 20 minutes of Discovery Room exploration, teacher packet and a natural… Read More >

Dinosaurs Roar!

Take an imaginary field trip back to the time of dinosaurs. Discover how long, how tall and how hungry dinosaurs were. Meet some live animals whose ancestors lived in prehistoric times Program includes 20 minutes of Discovery Room exploration, teacher packet and a natural science object for the classroom. This program takes place in the… Read More >

Beaver Ponds

Meet wet creatures, such as dragonfly nymphs, frogs, tadpoles and turtles that live in or near the Piedmont pond. Learn how they eat, swim and grow up in ponds designed and built by beavers. Program includes 20 minutes of Discovery Room exploration, teacher packet and a natural science object for the classroom. This program takes… Read More >

Fossils: Evidence of the Past

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  • Grade Levels: 4th Grade
  • Times Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10am, 11am, & 12pm
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - May 2016

What can we learn from fossils? What do they tell us about past life? Learn how fossil plants and animals reveal clues to the past and explore how life has changed over time in this hands-on, guided program. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): 4.E.2 Scheduling information: Scheduling for the 2015–2016 school year begins Tuesday, August 11, 2015…. Read More >

Green Plants

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  • Grade Levels: 3rd Grade
  • Times Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10am, 11am, & 12pm
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - May 2016

Why so green? Examine the lives of plants through hands-on activities and role-playing. Students will observe plant structures, and learn how plants compete with each other and defend themselves from predators. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): 3.L.2 Chaperone Guide: Plant Adaptations (PDF) Scheduling information: Scheduling for the 2015–2016 school year begins Tuesday, August 11, 2015. You must… Read More >

Animal Life Cycles

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  • Grade Levels: 2nd Grade
  • Times Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10am, 11am, & 12pm
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - May 2016

How do living creatures grow and change? Students will explore the life cycle of five major groups of animals: amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, and insects. Meet live animals and learn about their stages of development. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): 2.L.1 Chaperone Guide: Animal Life Cycles (PDF) Scheduling information: Scheduling for the 2015–2016 school year begins Tuesday,… Read More >

Animal Detectives

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  • Grade Levels: 4th Grade
  • Times Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10am, 11am, & 12pm
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - January 2016

Why do some animals have slimy skin or webbed feet? Working in teams, students use observation skills and field guides to identify live North Carolina animals and investigate what special adaptations they have for survival. Students will share their findings with classmates. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): 4.L.1 Chaperone Guide: Animal Detectives (PDF) Scheduling information: Scheduling for… Read More >

Bones & Muscles of the Body

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  • Grade Levels: 5th Grade
  • Times Available: Tuesday-Friday, 10am, 11am, & 12pm
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - May 2016

How do the bones and muscles in a human body compare to those in other animals? In this class, students will learn about the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body while exploring those systems in other animal groups. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): 5.L.1 Scheduling information: Scheduling for the 2015–2016 school year begins Tuesday, August… Read More >

Weather Wonders

Students will learn what causes weather through hands-on experiments with temperature, humidity, freezing points and reflectivity of various earth surfaces. By studying cooling rates and pressure changes in an air mass we will use simple calculations to predict the weather from one side of a mountain to the other. Exciting class demonstrations include cloud formation… Read More >

Adaptations in Birds and Mammals

Using specimens from bird and mammal collections, students analyze the similarities and differences in anatomy, form and function between these animal groups and how they are affected by environmental change. Students then develop hypotheses to account for observed patterns and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of specific adaptations. This program will be held in the… Read More >

Fossils: Window into the Past

Give your students a unique opportunity to study fossil specimens from North Carolina and elsewhere. Students examine fossils to learn how they form and how fossils tell us about the past. Students also explore how we know the age of fossils and how a geologic map can help with fossil dating and identification. This program… Read More >

Plant Genetics: Walking with Mendel

This introduction to the principles of Mendelian genetics includes topics such as dominant and recessive traits, expected vs. actual ratios of inheritance, and Parent vs. F1 and F2 generation characteristics.  Activities may include working with lethal recessive Albino corn, Punnett Squares, and/or Yellow vs. Purple corn cobs.  Program is 1 1/2 hours. This program will… Read More >

Investigate Lab Experience

Spend the morning exploring either our Micro World, our Natural World, or our Visual World Investigate Labs’ offerings of hands-on science activities.  Topics and activities may vary seasonally. This is a 25 minute program. Scheduling information: Scheduling for the 2015–2016 school year begins Tuesday, August 11, 2015. You must register for programs at least six… Read More >

Microscopic Life

Use compound microscopes to discover the structures that allow single-celled organisms to carry out the basic functions of life.  Examine a variety of protists such as Euglena, Amoeba, Paramecium and Volvox.  Your group will make wet-mount slides, become proficient in the use of compound microscopes and learn how to calculate total magnification.  This program takes… Read More >

Introduction to Electronics

The prevalence of cheap, easy to attain technology has resulted in a DIY electronics renaissance. Hands-on problem solving activities teach the basics of electricity and electronics in a way that is both challenging and fun. The next great inventor could be your student! This program is 1 ½ hours. This program will be held in… Read More >

Photosynthesis Lab

Photosynthesis is one of the most important biological processes on earth – without it the food chain would fall apart. In this class students will design and conduct experiments which test a plant’s ability to convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose and oxygen. Using Vernier LabQuest interfaces and CO2 and O2 sensors students will… Read More >

Coding the Future (Intro to Computer Programming)

Demystify the world of computer code by starting at the beginning! Designed to introduce basic programming skills, this class is for those interested in unleashing the full potential of their computer and building a knowledge base in the lucrative field of computer science. Participants in this course learn core concepts in programming using Microsoft Small… Read More >

DNA Electrophoresis Lab

Gel electrophoresis is a powerful tool used by researchers to isolate and purify DNA fragments and to determine the presence or absence of particular genes in an organism. Based on a real life research question regarding plant disease resistance, students will perform gel electrophoresis, analyze a completed gel, and determine the gene responsible for disease… Read More >

Mapping Species Using GIS

Use GIS to predict population distribution of threatened species in North Carolina. GIS refers to computer-based mapping and modeling and is one of science’s most powerful tools used to answer questions and make predictions about important issues. Using freely available data and software, learn how scientists use GIS by solving a real-world problem. This program… Read More >

Spy Chemistry of the American Revolution

Enter the world of historical espionage and learn from an actual event, the Battle of New York, how Colonial spies used the principles of chemistry, geology and biology, and the subtleties of language to ensure their messages got safely to the intended party. Learn also about the cultural views regarding spies, the evolution of the… Read More >

Teacher-Led Exploration of Collections

Teachers can conduct their own lessons while using the Naturalist Center’s collections and equipment.

Animals Two by Two

In this program, students will meet live animals of the same type, and compare and contrast them.

What Lives Here

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  • Grade Levels: 1st Grade
  • Times Available: Thursdays, 10:00am–11:30am.
  • Dates Available: September, October 2015 & April, May 2016

Explore the prairie and its woodland edge looking for signs of life. Take an up-close look at the smaller creatures from the pond. We will see how each environment meets the needs of the animals that live here.This program takes place at Prairie Ridge. Located off Reedy Creek Road, Prairie Ridge Ecostation has 45 acres… Read More >

Cycles of Life at Prairie Ridge

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  • Grade Levels: 2nd Grade
  • Times Available: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:00am & 1:00pm
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - May 2016

Search out baby birds, tadpoles, flowers or insects and learn how they develop.

Soils, Seeds, and Plants

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  • Grade Levels: 3rd Grade
  • Times Available: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:00am & 1:00pm
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - May 2016

Explore properties of soils: water retention, texture and color.

Properties of Matter

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  • Times Available: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 10am & 11:15am
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - May 2016

Delve into the properties of matter by doing experiments with density, buoyancy, mass and density.

Human Body Systems

Using models and hands-on activities, explore five major human body systems (digestive, nervous, circulatory, excretory and respiratory) and learn how each system functions to maintain life.

pH: The Secret Alliance of Kidneys and Lungs

Investigate how two very different organs, the kidneys and the lungs, work together to keep the human body in its narrow, life-sustaining pH range.

Mapping Disease Using GIS

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  • Times Available: Thursdays, 10:00am & 11:45am
  • Dates Available: October 2015 - December 2015, March - May 2016

Use GIS to predict population distribution of threatened species in North Carolina.

Human Impacts on Aquatic Systems: Pond Study

Study how urbanization and other human impacts influence aquatic systems by sampling for aquatic insects in our pond.

Human Impacts on Aquatic Systems: Stream Study

Study how urbanization and other human impacts influence aquatic systems by sampling for aquatic insects in our pond.

North Carolina Wildlife

Find out where wildlife lives in your area – from the mountains to the coast, to your own backyard.