Virtual Adventures With the Museum

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences welcomes all children and strives to provide an equal experience to any child registered for our programs. We are committed to open and honest communication with guardians to ensure the best experience for all participants.

If your child can benefit from any modification and/or support in order to fully enjoy their time in each session, please contact

Virtual Adventures With the Museum

Each live natural sciences program comes with an Adventure Kit that includes everything your child needs to participate in the activities, with natural objects they can continue to explore long after the program is over. Activities are designed to be hands-on and encourage scientific thinking.

Your Summer Backyard
Grade Level:
 rising 2nd–3rd grade in the upcoming 2020/2021 school year.
Day 1: 
Tuesday, August 4 @ 9:30am–noon
Day 2:  Thursday, August 6 @ 9:30am–noon

Together with NCMNS instructors, children will explore an owl pellet, make a home for toads and have fun singing with frogs. We’ll learn about some of the animals that live in our yards and create tools that will help make your urban, suburban or rural backyard, a great habitat for wildlife.

Investigate Your Backyard
Grade Level: rising 4th–6th grade in the upcoming 2020/2021 school year.

Program 1:
Day 1: 
Tuesday, July 28 @ 9:30am–noon
Day 2:  Thursday, July 30 @ 9:30am–noon

Program 2:
Day 1: 
Tuesday, August 11 @ 9:30am–noon
Day 2:  Thursday, August 13 @ 9:30am–noon

NCMNS instructors will guide your child through an in-depth look at the habitats found in the North Carolina Piedmont. Children will learn how to use scientific tools to dissect a cocoon, explore how honeybees build their hives and mimic trees releasing their seeds to fly.

Listing of all Virtual Adventures with the Museum programs.

Registration for Virtual Adventures With the Museum

Registration is first come, first served. Programs traditionally fill quickly. Participants should sign up for only one program; topics and activities will be duplicated in later programs.

June 22: Registration opens at 9:00am for Friends of the Museum Brimley, Explorers, Naturalist Society level and  Family+1 level members who registered for the 2020 Summer Camp season. The registration link will be emailed on Friday, June 19th.
June 23: Registration expands to include Friends of the Museum Family level members who registered for the 2020 Summer Camp season at 9:00am. The registration link will be emailed on Friday, June 19th.
June 24: Registration opens to participants who registered for the 2020 Summer Camp season at 9:00am. The registration link will be emailed on Friday, June 19th.
June 29: Registration opens to the public at 9:00am. A link to register will be added to the to the Virtual Adventures with the Museum program webpages.

Is there a waiting list if a program is full?
Yes! Send an email to with name of child, name of guardian and phone number. There is no cost to be added onto the waiting list.

What age group should I sign my child up for?
Grade levels stated in the program descriptions are the upcoming school year (2020-2021). Please double-check to make sure that you sign your child(ren) up for the appropriate grade level. We cannot make exceptions. Falsified registrations will be cancelled, and the registration fee will be refunded minus the $20.00 processing fee.

When is my payment due and what forms of payment are accepted?
Payment is due in full at the time of registration and required to secure a spot. VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted. Checks or cash payment cannot be accepted or dropped off at the Museum.

When will I receive confirmation?
Your confirmation will be emailed upon submitting the online registration. The confirmation receipt, along with additional information will be sent to the email address provided during online registration. A reminder email will also be sent before the start of your program.

The Museum can grant refunds only when a cancellation is received before the deadline listed below. Cancellations received after the deadline will not be eligible for a refund. A $20.00 processing fee per program is required for all refunds. If we are alerted as soon as possible of a child’s illness or family emergency immediately before a program begins, we will do our best to provide a refund, minus the $20.00 processing fee and the cost of the Adventure Kit.

Program Date Refund Deadline
July 21 & 23 Friday, July 3rd
July 28 & 30 Friday, July 10
August 4 & 5 Friday, July 17
August 11 & 13 Friday, July 24

Cancellation Policy
The Museum’s primary goal is to keep programs safe for participants and staff. While not anticipated, programs may need to be cancelled, rescheduled, or modified to meet current safety guidelines. You will be notified if this becomes the case. A full refund will be issued if the Museum cancels the program.

Programs with low enrollment two weeks prior to the start date are subject to cancellation. Guardians will be contacted to investigate the possibility of enrollment in another program.  A full refund will be issued if the Museum cancels the program.

How will the virtual program work?
All programs are interactive virtual experiences using the Museum’s Zoom account. Information about the program, how-to documents, Zoom link and password will be emailed to you upon completion of the online registration. A reminder email will also be sent before the start of each program. The Zoom link and password will remain the same during your weekly sessions. Programs will be recorded by the moderator for internal review by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  We encourage participants to be able to attend the sessions daily when they register. Recordings of the program will not be available.

Programs will feature hands-on activities based around a theme. Two Museum staff will lead each program. We want your child to be seen and heard throughout the program. At times, the volume will be muted during important instruction time, but we encourage thumbs up, clapping and interactive conversations. Disruptive behavior will be redirected. Significant disruptive behavior may lead to the moderator or teacher muting, turning off the child’s camera or removal from the program.

Each program will come with a kit of supplies, called Adventure Kits, for daily activities. Kits will be mailed one week prior to the first date of the program and include material for one child which can later be shared with other members of your household.

What technology and supplies will my child need?
Participants will need the following materials:

  • Computer or tablet with a microphone and camera
  • Internet connection
  • Access to Zoom
  • Snack and drink for snack break
  • Area in front of the computer to do activities on a table
  • Trashcan 

How do I get my child’s Adventure Kit?
Adventure Kits feature a variety of hands-on activities based around each program’s theme. We designed the activities to be fun and exciting while helping children develop skills and positive habits in scientific and critical thinking. We are excited to do the activities with our participants. To maintain the excitement and surprise, we ask that your child do not open the bags within the kit ahead of time. If you want to peek, please re-seal the bags.

Each registered participant will receive an Adventure Kit. Kits will be mailed one week prior to the start of the program to the mailing address given during online registration. If you prefer to pick up your Adventure Kit from the Museum, please contact no later than the Monday one week prior to the first day of the program. After your package is mailed, alternate pick up options will not be available and additional kits will be subject to a fee. Pick up arrangements are only available after a participant has completed registration for the intended program.

Please note staff will wear masks, gloves and wash hands throughout the kit making process.

Does a guardian or adult need to be present?
We ask guardians to help their child log into Zoom 5-10 minutes before the start of each session to address technical issues such as raising and lowering the volume, positioning the equipment and opening the chat feature.

Activities are designed with guardians in mind. Activities are intended to be completed with virtual assistance from Museum educators and require little guardian oversight. Guardians should be in the same house with a mobile phone on for notifications. If the name and phone number of the adult at home with the child during the program is different from the adult registering the child, please send an email to

What if my child missed a daily session?
We encourage participants to attend each session of the program. Refunds will not be given for days missed. If a child must miss part of a session, they will be able to complete the activities from the materials in their Adventure Kit. However, video recordings of the program will not be available.

Are siblings allowed to participate together under one registration?
Only one participant per registration may participate. We encourage our participants to replicate and share what they have done at the end of each day. Our activities can easily be duplicated with siblings or family members after the end of each program.

If families are interested in doing the activities together after the program, additional kits may be available for an add-on fee. To order, contact