The Museum comes to you with interactive programs featuring specimens, activities, and live animals that connect participants with the natural world.

Programs are flexible and can be taught at many locations, including but not limited to: schools, camps, libraries, community festivals, and early childhood or senior centers. Presentations can be adapted for all ages and abilities.

Scheduling Information

If you have questions or would like to schedule a program, contact outreach@naturalsciences.org. Scheduling requests must be made at least six weeks prior to the program date.

Cancellations: A minimum two-week notice (in writing) is required for a refund. Cancellations due to weather: If Wake County schools are canceled or delayed due to weather, programs will be rescheduled as the Museum’s calendar permits. If we are unable to reschedule your program, we will offer a credit or refund as appropriate.


Small Group Programs

Group size: Minimum of 8; maximum of 30. For more than 30 participants, you must schedule additional programs.
Note: An adult from your organization must be present during programs.

Fee: $120; $100 per additional program scheduled at same location on the same day. (Prices include tax.)
Program length: 60 minutes

***Programs with asterisks feature live animals. These Animal Ambassador programs have limited availability on evenings and weekends. Please note that we cannot guarantee animals will be able to be touched during your program.


Story Time***

Grade levels: pre-k (ages three and up), kindergarten, first grade
Children’s literature comes to life when you combine story time with the natural sciences. Each program features a children’s book accompanied by specimens and live animals. We offer a large variety of themes, including dinosaurs, life cycles, seasons, and more.

Growing Up in the Animal World***

Grade levels: pre-k (ages three and up), kindergarten, first grade, second grade
We illustrate the life cycles and adaptations of different animal groups including invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.
Science Curriculum Correlations: K.L.1, 1.L.1, 1.L.2, 2.L.1

Meet the Animals***

Grade levels: all ages
Meet some of the Museum’s animal ambassadors and learn about their characteristics, adaptations, and the roles they play in our environment. We offer a large variety of themes, including reptiles, NC natives, tropical animals, and more.
Science Curriculum Correlations: K.L.1, 1.L.1, 1.L.2, 4.L.1, 5.L.2

Animal Tracks and Signs***

Grade levels: all ages
Learn how to use your senses and interpret clues that animals leave behind. Compare frog and bird calls, identify tracks and scat, and meet some of the animals you might encounter in your own backyard.
Science Curriculum Correlations: 4.L.1, 5.L.2

Ant Picnic

Grade levels: sixth grade and up
Ants are everywhere, but what do we really know about them? Get to know ants with a virtual reality experience and hands-on activities. Find your spirit ant, follow the pheromones, and become a citizen scientist with Ant Picnic, an ongoing project that collects data about ants’ dietary preferences.
Science Curriculum Correlations: 6.L.2, 8.L.3

Birds of a Feather

Grade levels: all ages
Discover the world of birds using replicas and study specimens to learn about their adaptations and become familiar with the songs and behaviors of common North Carolina species.

Fossils and Prehistoric Life

Grade levels: third grade and up
How do scientists use fossil clues to uncover the world of the distant past? Explore real fossils and replica specimens to learn about fossil formation and paleontology.
Science Curriculum Correlations: 4.E.2, 8.L.4

Music and the Brain

Grade levels: sixth grade and up
Does music move you? Are there sounds that help you focus? Sounds that make you sleepy? Every day we experience a variety of sounds and noises, some pleasant, and some not so pleasant. In this program, we’ll explore how and why our brains and bodies react to these stimuli.
Science Curriculum Correlation: 6.P.1

Rocks and Minerals

Grade levels: kindergarten and up
Investigate the properties of rocks and minerals through hands-on activities and observations.
Science Curriculum Correlations: 1.E.2, 4.P.2

Tools of the (Scientific) Trade

Grade levels: third grade and up
Learn the importance of scientific tools and how to use them. Experiment with a variety of tools used every day by scientists around the world, including calipers, micropipettes, scales, and more.


Festival Programs

Museum educators bring a variety of materials to provide an interactive, educational experience at your event. We offer a variety of themes, including state symbols, scientific tools, and more. Live animals are included at the discretion of the Museum; availability will vary depending on conditions at the time of the event.

Fee: $270 for two hours; $120 for each additional hour
Note: This is not a structured lecture for large groups.

To register: Contact outreach@naturalsciences.org at least six weeks prior to the requested program date.


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