Educator Open House at NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Sept. 26

For immediate release ‐ September 24, 2019

Contact: Jon Pishney, 919.707.8083. Images available upon request

SciREN Triangle 2014 by Eric Johnson, UNC

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Calling all educators, you’re invited to visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Thursday, Sept. 26, 5:30–8:30 p.m., for the SciREN Triangle Networking Event and Museum Open House. This special night offers an after-hours opportunity to learn more about Museum educational programs and opportunities, as well as access to free lesson plans from local scientists.

Attending educators, from PreK to grade 12 (and beyond), can preview Museum exhibits and activities, work out the logistics of a school fieldtrip, talk directly with museum educators and research staff about on-site programs, and find out first-hand about distance learning, outreach and professional development opportunities.

Plus, through a partnership with SciREN (Scientific Research and Education Network), educators can meet more than 60 local scientists ready to distribute curriculum-centered lessons based on their research. This is an excellent way to rejuvenate teaching methods, and to integrate relevant and real science into student learning.

There is no charge for the event, but registration (online at is strongly encouraged. Attendees also receive free pizza with beverages provided by New Belgium Brewing.

According to Megan Davis, Museum Teacher Education Specialist and a coordinator of the event, “The main energy from the evening comes in the conversations that educators can have with the scientists while they explore the Museum. Despite the many challenges teachers face on a day-to-day basis, we hope this evening sparks a renewed sense of wonder and curiosity.” Davis adds that it’s not just an event for science educators. “Any educator can come and make new connections to enhance their instruction or share with their students.”

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh (11 and 121 W. Jones St.) is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world. Hours: Mon.– Sat., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sun., noon–5 p.m. General admission is free. Visit the Museum online at

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