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NC Museum of Forestry

The Museum of Forestry in Whiteville, NC is OPEN after an extensive renovation.

North Carolina Museum of Forestry

Museum Hours and Contact Information

Monday–Friday: 9 am–5 pm
Saturday: 1 pm–4 pm
Sunday: 2 pm–5 pm
Phone: 910.914.4185

Wildlife in North Carolina Magazine Photo Competition Exhibit

On display through July 31, 2014

After the Storm

The Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition is now in its ninth year. 

Paul Malcolm of Garner won the grand prize for his image of live oak trees at Fort Fisher historic site near Wilmington. 

The contest is a collaboration between the Museum and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. All winners were published in the January/February 2014 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with Malcolm’s grand prize image appearing on the cover. 

This year, judges reviewed 1,235 entries in 10 categories. First-place winners by category: 

  • Birds: Charles English, Wilmington, belted kingfisher
  • Mammals: Tyler Bailey, Raleigh, squirrel
  • Reptiles and Amphibians: Joe Congleton, Clayton, anole
  • Invertebrates: Stephen Atkins, Weaverville, moth
  • Wild Plants: Jim Ruff, Blowing Rock, rhododendron on Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Youth Photographer, 13-17: Lucas Bobay, Holly Springs, jumping spider
  • Grand Prize: Paul Malcolm, Garner, Fort Fisher, live oak trees
  • Outdoor Recreation: Ed Ziegler, Raleigh, surf fishing at dawn
  • Animal Behavior: Kim Hawks, Chapel Hill, Bald Head Island turtle tracks 
  • Youth Photographer, 12 and younger: Darci Burger, Macon, little frog

Right: Jim Ruff, Blowing Rock: Rhododendron, Blue Ridge Parkway


Minerals We Use Every Day: Mined from Our National Forests

National Museum of Forest Service HistoryOn display through September 15, 2014

Discover the conservation legacy of the U.S. Forest Service, Partners, and Cooperators.

Why Is There Silver In My Boots?

Mining occurs in nearly one out of three national forests and grasslands. From gravel and gold to sand and silver, more than 50 minerals are mined for use in agriculture, construction, information technology, health care, transportation and the objects and tools of everyday use.

The National Museum of Forest Service History's new traveling exhibit and virtual galleries connect mining operations on our National Forest System lands with our use of minerals in everything from the shoes on our feet to the satellites that orbit the earth.

Creature Feature

Creature Feature is one of the “Meet Me at the Museum” public programs and is held the third Sunday of each month. Stay tuned; exciting things are happening at the North Carolina Museum of Forestry, with activities for the entire family. For more information regarding program dates and topics please call 910.914.4185.

Teen Science Cafés at the North Carolina Museum of Forestry

What is the Teen Science Café? The Teen Science Café brings teens together in an informal setting to learn about science and technology. Each café will include a real scientist to speak on chosen topics, an interactive activity relating to the discussion, snacks, and time to meet other teens that enjoy science. This nationwide program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The North Carolina network partners include the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Morehead Planetarium and the North Carolina Museum of Forestry. Examples of topics that have been covered at established Cafés include the gritty reality of crime scene investigations and exploration of the impact of alcohol on the prenatal brain. The possibilities are endless, and the program is FREE! Space is limited, so please call the museum at 910.914.4185 to reserve a spot. Parent must bring teen to the classroom to sign in.  Teens must be picked up before the Museum closes at 7pm.

Celebrate your birthday at the Museum!

Call 910.914.4185 for more information.

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Visitor Information

The North Carolina Museum of Forestry celebrates the natural history and cultural heritage of North Carolina's forests through interpretive exhibits, educational programming and the preservation of natural and man-made materials that demonstrate the ongoing relationship of forests and people.

Connect with our forest natural history and its cultural heritage by exploring displays and interactive exhibits, investigating the outdoor Tree Trail and Fossil Dig Pit, scheduling an educational program experience or participating in special events.

North Carolina Museum of Forestry
415 South Madison Street
Whiteville, NC 28472


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