Adaptations in Birds & Mammals

Using specimens from bird and mammal collections, students analyze the similarities and differences in anatomy, form, and function between these animal groups. Students then develop hypotheses to account for observed patterns and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of specific adaptations. Program length is 45 minutes. This program is held onsite at our Downtown Raleigh location…. Read More >

Adaptations of Reptiles & Amphibians

Learn about some cool adaptations while exploring these two cold-blooded animal groups. Students will investigate a variety of reptiles and amphibians through live animals, natural history props, and biofacts, and will discover what special adaptations these scaly, slippery, and often misunderstood creatures have for survival. Program length is 45 minutes. This program is held onsite… Read More >

Animal Life Cycles

During this program, students will explore the life cycles of different animal groups which may include amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and insects. Through examining natural history props and specimens, as well as experiencing live animal encounters, students will learn about the different stages of development as living creatures grow and change. Program length is 45… Read More >

Animals Alive!

There are many kinds of animals in all shapes, sizes, and colors roaming our planet. They move in different ways, have various body coverings, and live in different habitats with a variety of needs. In this program, students will meet live animals, observe their similarities and differences, and learn about their habitats and needs for… Read More >

Beaver Ponds

Meet creatures such as frogs, tadpoles, turtles, and snakes that live in or near the Piedmont pond. Learn how they eat, swim and grow up in ponds designed and built by beavers. Program includes 20 minutes of Discovery Room exploration, teacher packet and a natural science object for the classroom. Program length is 45 minutes…. 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 >

Classification and Common Ancestry

What exactly is common ancestry and Evolution? Who was Carl von Linne? What is the difference between classification and identification? What is a phylogeny and how is it important to the classification of organisms? To answer these questions, we will introduce the concept of biological classification and the importance evolution and common ancestry play in… Read More >

Dinosaurs Roar!

Head back to the Cretaceous and embark on a discovery of Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops and the world around them. Examine fossils and meet a live animal whose ancestors lived in prehistoric times. Program includes 20 minutes of Discovery Room exploration, teacher packet and a natural science object for the classroom. Program length is 45 minutes. This… Read More >

Fossils

What can we learn from fossils? What do they tell us about the history of Earth? Through hands-on investigations, students will compare a variety of fossils, learn how fossilized plants and animals reveal clues to the past, and discover how life has changed over time. Program length is 45 minutes. This program is held onsite… Read More >

Fossils: Windows into the Past

Give your students a unique opportunity to study fossil specimens from North Carolina and elsewhere. Students examine fossils to learn how they form and how fossils tell us about the past. Students also explore how we know the age of fossils and how a geologic map can help with fossil dating and identification. Program length… Read More >

North Carolina Geology

Students will work in teams to examine typical North Carolina rocks and practice identifying and classifying them. Teams will then use these specimens to interpret major geologic events that have shaped our state. Program length is 45 minutes. This program is held onsite at our Downtown Raleigh location. Please read the safety update, and also… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Animal Adaptations

Study the animals at Prairie Ridge to see how their different behaviors or structures help them to survive in specific habitats. Add a pond session to your program for an additional $60 per class. Animal Adaptations Program: 60 minutes long; Pond Add-on: Additional 60 minutes This program is held onsite at our Prairie Ridge location…. Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Cycles of Life

Search out baby birds, flowers, insects and more on this guided hike around the prairie. Compare different ways animals develop into adults, and how different habitats support animals during their life cycles. Add a pond session to your program for an additional $60 per class. Cycles of Life Program: 60 minutes long; Pond Add-on: Additional… 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 $60 per class. Ecosystems Program: 60 minutes long; Pond Add-on: Additional 60 minutes This program is held onsite at our… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Human Impacts – Aquatic Ecosystems

Study how urbanization and other human impacts influence aquatic systems by identifying macroinvertebrates that live in the pond. Students will gain an overall picture of how scientists study water quality. We will also hike to see the effects of urbanization to our stream. Human Impacts – Aquatic Ecosystems Program: 90 minutes long This program is… Read More >