Coastal Carolina Ecosystems

Carolina’s coast is more than just a beach! In this program, students will explore the diverse habitats of our coast, learn how organisms adapt to these wild places, and understand that we are all connected to the coast, no matter where we live! Program length is 45 minutes. This virtual program is designed to connect… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Winter Exploration Hike

Hike with a naturalist and learn all about what animals and plants do during the winter to survive the cold. This program can be adjusted to focus on life cycles, adaptations, or other topics your group is studying. Specific topic requests can be made in the additional comments on the scheduling request form. This program… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Scientists in Training – Citizen Science

Learn about the natural world while collecting scientific data on Prairie Ridge grounds. Activities and projects will vary depending on the season, weather and things observable during the time of your visit. Scientists in Training – Citizen Science Program: 90 minutes long This program is held at our Prairie Ridge Ecostation location. Curriculum Correlation(s):   Bio.2.2,… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Ecosystems

Explore various habitats searching for producers, consumers, and decomposers. How do plants and animals depend on each other? How does energy move through the ecosystem? Add a pond session to your program for an additional $80 per class. Ecosystems Program: 60 minutes long; Pond Add-on: Additional 60 minutes This program is held at our Prairie… Read More >

Cheeseburger’s Journey Through the Gut

Follow a cheeseburger as it travels from your plate, through your body, and out! On this journey, students will learn about digestion, nutrients, and anatomy. Program length is 45 minutes. This virtual program is designed to connect your group with a Museum educator online for an interactive program. Whether your students are learning from home… Read More >

What’s a Bacterium

We hear about bacteria all the time but what are they and where do they live? Why are some our friends and others make us sick. Through pictures, stained images, culture plates, and 3D models learn what they look like, and why they are different from viruses and archaea. Program length is 45 minutes. This… Read More >

Treasures of the NC Coastal Plain

North Carolina supports a wide diversity of plants and animals, from the mountains to the sea! During this class, students will discover some of the living treasures that can be found in the Coastal Plain, unravel their connections, and discover what makes this region of our state so special. Live plants and animals native to… Read More >

Bones & Muscles of the Body

How do the bones and muscles in a human body compare to those in other animals? In this class, students will learn about the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body while exploring these systems in other animal groups and discover adaptions for locomotion along the way. Program length is 45 minutes. This program… Read More >

Meet the Animals

Meet some of our live animal ambassadors and learn about their characteristics, adaptations, and the important roles they play in our environment. We offer a variety of themes, including reptiles, North Carolina natives, tropical animals and more. To request a specific theme or connection to a unit in your classroom, please include that information when… Read More >

Sticky Science

In this program, students will explore how bio-adhesives are produced and used in the natural world. They will learn about cohesion and adhesion forces, electrostatic and intermolecular forces as well as bio-chemicals that make things stick. Program length is 45 minutes. This virtual program is designed to connect your group with a Museum educator online… Read More >

Science of Foam

Students will explore the science behind foam. What is foam and how do animals use this special adaptation to their advantage? By incorporating biology (lifecycles), chemistry (molecular structure of surfactants), and technology (Bio-inspiration), students will learn how nature is an inspiring factor for many practical inventions, from insulation to cotton candy. Program length is 45… Read More >