Services Available

  • Wheelchairs in downtown Raleigh and Whiteville buildings.
  • NC NatSci Museum app for Apple devices. Provides a multimedia guide of all downtown Raleigh exhibits as well as a navigable map that allow visitors with vision loss or blindness, those who are hard of hearing or deaf, those with learning disabilities, as well as the general public, an enhanced Museum visit. Museum Guide iOS app on iTunes
  • Apple iPod touch devices to use the NC NatSci app for those that do not have their own device. Borrowed from the Museum Store.
  • Assistive Listening Devices for visitors with hearing loss attending live presentations in the WRAL 3D Theater and events in the Environmental Conference Center.
  • Guided and tactile tours for small groups of visitors with disabilities in downtown Raleigh facilities. Pre-registration required.
  • Tactile Kit for visitors with vision loss. Tactile components correlate with some exhibits. Can be reserved by visitors prior to their visit by contacting the Accessibility & Inclusion Coordinator.
  • Bluetooth iBeacon technology for independent wayfinding and navigation of the Nature Research Center for visitors with vision loss or blindness. Download Blindsquare's full version, or a free Museum-only version (Blindsquare Event).
  • Sensory Map to identify sensory-friendly spaces within the Museum. Download the PDF guide.


Naturalist Center Programs

Classes are held on Mondays in the Naturalist Center. We use hands-on activities and natural objects to teach learners of all ages and styles about our environment. The classes can be tailored to meet the needs of special populations such as at-risk youth, students and adults with special needs, pediatric patients and their families, and senior citizens.
Program length: 60 minutes
Maximum group size: This depends on the group, but no more than 30 participants
To register: Contact Laura Speer,, at least two weeks prior to the desired program date.

Guided Tactile Tours

Guided tactile tours for groups with disabilities or requiring special accommodations are available for free with pre-registration on a first-come first-served basis.

Guided Tactile Tour Dates

Outreach Programs

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.

STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM fields. Students leave with a better understanding of the many professional possibilities available and the inspiration to pursue STEM careers.

For Visiting School Groups

The Museum can assist with providing guidance and/or accommodations for your school group’s visit. Please allow six weeks' notice if you are requesting any additional resources for your visit.

Prairie Ridge Ecostation

All of the facilities at Prairie Ridge are outdoors. With adequate notice (minimum 72 hours in advance of visit), staff will make reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability. For more information, please call 919.707.9887, Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm.

With adequate prior notification, Prairie Ridge staff will make every reasonable effort to accommodate individuals with mobility impairments wishing to use the trails.

Any “other power-driven mobility device” that an individual wishes to use must not cause damage to the trail surface and must be able to be safely operated for the volume of visitation currently at Prairie Ridge. For more information, please contact the Director of Prairie Ridge, Charles Yelton at 919.707.8879.

Service Animal Policy

The Museum welcomes visitors accompanied by service animals and service animals in-training. Pets, however, are not allowed in any of the Museum’s facilities. Due to the nature of our Museum there are certain areas that may have limited access to service animals, and the Museum will work with visitors to provide accommodations in those circumstances. To request a copy of our Service Animal Policy document, or if you have any questions please contact Liani Yirka, Head of Accessibility and Inclusion at 919.707.9887.


For Outreach programs or Naturalist Center Programs please contact Laura Speer, Environmental Accessibility Program Specialist, at

For any information on guided tactile tours, the STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities, or for any accommodation requests or questions, please contact Liani Yirka, Accessibility & Inclusion Coordinator, at