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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 >

Classification and Common Ancestry

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

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 >

Prairie Ridge: Human Impacts – Pond

Study a sample of macroinvertebrates from the pond to calculate water quality. Learn how urbanization and other human impacts influence the health and populations in our pond. Human Impacts – Pond Program: 90 minutes long This program is held onsite at our Prairie Ridge location. You can find updated information for visitors at our various… Read More >

North Carolina Geology

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

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 >

Fossils: Windows into the Past

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

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 >

Adaptations in Birds & Mammals

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

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 >

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: 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 onsite at our Prairie Ridge location. You can find… 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: Soil Scientists

Participate in hands-on activities to explore the properties of soil including water retention, texture and color. Become a soil scientist as you perform a test to determine which soils are found at Prairie Ridge. Add our Plants program to your visit for an additional $60 per class. Soil Scientists Program: 60 minutes long; Plants Add-on:… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Plants of Prairie Ridge

Review the parts and functions of a plant including seeds, stems, leaves and flowers. Explore the prairie in search of trees, grasses and flowers. Compare plants that live in the forest to those that live in the prairie. Add our Soil program to your visit for an additional $60 per class. Plants of Prairie Ridge… Read More >

Bones & Muscles of the Body

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

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 >

Adaptations of Reptiles & Amphibians

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

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 >

Prairie Ridge: Winter Habitat Hike

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  • Times Available: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00am (one class)
  • Dates Available: December 2022 - February 2023

Hike with a naturalist and learn all about what animals and plants do during the winter to survive the cold. This program is held onsite at our Prairie Ridge location. You can find updated information for visitors at our various sites on the Plan Your Visit webpage. Curriculum Correlation(s):   Adjusted according to grade level. Scheduling Instructions: Scheduling for the upcoming… 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 >

Fossils

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

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 >

Animal Life Cycles

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

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 >

Rock Stories

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

Share a journey through time with the three rock types: metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary. Learn how rocks are formed and discover some of their physical properties through stimulating activities. Students will also meet a live animal whose ancestors can be found in the fossil record. Program length is 45 minutes. This program is held onsite… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: What Lives Here

Explore the prairie and its woodland edge looking for signs of life. We will see how each environment meets the needs of the animals that live here. Add a pond session to your program for an additional $60 per class. What Lives Here Program: 60 minutes long; Pond Add-on: Additional 60 minutes This program is… Read More >

Treasures of the NC Coastal Plain

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

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 >

Animals Alive!

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm
  • Dates Available: October 2022 - May 2023

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 >

Prairie Ridge: Preschool on the Prairie

Take a hike with a naturalist. Focus on using observation and the senses to discover animal signs and other wonders of nature. Add a pond session to your program for an additional $60 per program. Preschool on the Prairie Program: 60 minutes long; Pond Add-on: Additional 60 minutes This program is held onsite at our… Read More >

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