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It’s almost Take a Child Outside Week! From September 24 to 30 every year, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and partners across the country celebrate Take a Child Outside Week, and we want you to join us!
Learn what it’s all about in this short video on Facebook, then visit our newly redesigned Take a Child Outside website (takeachildoutside.org) to find places in your neighborhood offering outdoor spaces, and fun and simple activities appropriate for all ages. The newest activities focus on “Dinosaurs Outside” so that young explorers can learn more about dinosaurs on their outdoor explorations.
Live, online experiences with the Museum.
Thursday, September 24
Join us as Dr. Zachary Loughman details the process of collecting crayfishes and determining if they have been formally described by discussing the process he went through to complete his first crayfish description. You will learn that you don’t necessarily need to go to the Amazon to find a new species; you may simply need to visit your local stream or wetland!
Virtual Trivia Tuesday
Tuesdays at 6pm
Register for interactive Virtual Trivia Tuesdays! This is a great opportunity to virtually mingle with friends, compete for bragging rights and perhaps even learn something cool. Questions feature a mix of science facts, current news, pop culture and scientific discoveries.
DIY Activities, Virtual Tours and more, to do at your own pace.
Instead of buying plastic seedling planters or trays, you can make compostable seedling planters with paper, flour, and water. Using a compostable seedling planter eliminates the delicate step of transplanting seedlings into a bigger pot and limits the damage to the delicate root system. Because the planter is already made of plant-based material, it will easily decompose and nutrients will be recycled back into the soil.
From Adrian Smith in the Ant Lab: Takeoff and flight sequences of insects spanning 8 different taxonomic orders captured at 3,200 fps!
Earn credit through free, online workshops that get you exploring nature in your own backyard. Each workshop contains videos, activities, and materials that you can step through at your own pace. Get ideas and resources to encourage your students to explore their nature neighborhoods!
Got a Question? We Have Answers!
Ask a Naturalist Blog — From Black Widow Spiders to identifying a Buckeye, you’ll find answers to some of our most fascinating questions here!
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