Code Your Own Adventure

Start your journey learning computer science the fun way by building a fantasy adventure game completely from scratch using Processing, a powerful, cross-platform Java-based language. During this course, you will learn the fundamentals of coding, be introduced to 3D modeling and 3D printing and create a custom video game limited only by your own creativity!… Read More >


Become a conservation champion! Join us on an eco-adventure as we discover easy ways to help protect local wildlife and wild places. Together, we will walk to a local waterway and explore its health, plant native plants, use wildlife cameras to spot city wildlife, and discover hidden features of the Museum’s LEED Platinum certified building…. Read More >

Biotech Challenge: A Global Race

Whether you love science, art, writing, or math, we need your talents on this journey through the cutting-edge world of biotechnology. Be part of our “mock global team” of researchers, artists, legal and business experts who must race the clock to solve a biotech challenge. We’ll work together to analyze the problem, wrestle with sticky… Read More >

Nature Illustrators

Learn how to illustrate the natural world while exploring Prairie Ridge’s ponds, streams and prairie! Each day we will learn a new drawing technique and create a series of scientific sketches. Local artist and educator, Courtney Cappa, will show you how to draw and illustrate the natural world using graphite pencils and watercolor paints. By… Read More >

City Scientist

Become a City Scientist and discover the fascinating life that calls downtown Raleigh home. From tiny springtails and pavement ants to gray foxes and flying squirrels, we’ll use scientific tools and our observation skills to see how they thrive in the Museum’s backyard. During camp we’ll contribute to a citizen science program such as iNaturalist,… Read More >

Secrets of our Museum

There is more in our Museum than exhibits! Behind the scenes, the Museum is home to collections of thousands of natural objects and specimens. From mammals to meteorites, discover how museum specimens are collected and preserved as well as the important role they play in helping us understand the world around us. Join us for… Read More >

Junior Scientist

Plan to get wet, dirty and completely immersed in the world of field research. This camp offers a true field experience as you spend each day using the tools Museum researchers use to investigate the natural world of Prairie Ridge Ecostation. We will work with researchers to investigate a new topic daily such as geology,… Read More >

Digging Up Dinosaurs

Calling all dinosaur fans! Come spend a week exploring the world of dinosaurs! Just how big, small, old, colorful, smelly, and hungry were dinosaurs? How did they move, find food, and escape predators? Which ones lived in North Carolina? We will explore these questions and more; even going behind-the-scenes to see fossils and meet paleontologists…. Read More >

Who Lives Underground?

Dig into the world beneath your feet! Meet the animals that burrow, tunnel, hunt and wiggle underground. Use scientific tools to discover soil, dissect seeds and unearth antlions. We’ll wrap up the week by planting a pollinator garden, take part in a Citizen Scientist program and use soil to a create a tie-dye bandana. Questions:… Read More >

Healthy Habitats

Come explore the habitats of Prairie Ridge Ecostation and discover how native plants and animals adapt to local conditions. We will take an in-depth look at what it takes to thrive in the Piedmont prairie, forest and pond. Activities include a dragonfly survey, stream study and fire ecology. Weather permitting, we will see a prescribed… Read More >