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Prairie Ridge: Human Impacts – Stream

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  • Times Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am (1 class/per day only)
  • Dates Available: March 2022 - June 10, 2022

Study how urbanization and other human impacts influence aquatic systems by taking a series of physical measurements in our stream. Students will gain an overall picture of how scientists study water quality. Due to the capacity of our stream banks, we can accommodate one class per day. This program is held onsite at our Prairie… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Human Impacts – Pond

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  • Times Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am (1 class/per day only)
  • Dates Available: March 2022 - June 10, 2022

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. This program is held onsite at our Prairie Ridge location. You can find updated information for visitors at our various sites on the the Plan Your Visit webpage…. Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Scientists in Training – Citizen Science

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  • Times Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am (up to 2 classes)
  • Dates Available: March 2022 - June 10, 2022

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. This program is held onsite at our Prairie Ridge location. You can find updated information for visitors at our various sites on the… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Ecosystems

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  • Times Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am (up to 2 classes)
  • Dates Available: March 2022 - June 10, 2022

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. This program is held onsite at our Prairie Ridge location. You can find updated information for visitors… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Animal Adaptations

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  • Times Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am (up to 2 classes)
  • Dates Available: March 2022 - June 10, 2022

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. This program is held onsite at our Prairie Ridge location. You can find updated information for visitors at our various sites… Read More >

Tropical Biodiversity

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

The tropics are home to the greatest diversity of life! During this program, students will learn where on Earth the tropics are located and uncover some of North Carolina’s connections to these far-away places. A variety of tropical habitats will be discovered while exploring the biodiversity within tropical ecosystems. This program is 45 minutes long… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Plants of Prairie Ridge

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  • Times Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am (up to 2 classes)
  • Dates Available: March 2022 - June 10, 2022

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. This program is held… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Soil Scientists

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  • Times Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am (up to 2 classes)
  • Dates Available: March 2022 - June 10, 2022

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. This program is held onsite at our Prairie… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Cycles of Life

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  • Times Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am (up to 2 classes)
  • Dates Available: March 2022 - June 10, 2022

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. This program is held onsite at our Prairie Ridge location…. Read More >

Prairie Ridge: What Lives Here

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  • Times Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am (up to 2 classes)
  • Dates Available: March 2022 - June 10, 2022

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. This program is held onsite at our Prairie Ridge location. You can find updated information… Read More >

Your Backyard

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  • Times Available: Thursday, Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am
  • Dates Available: February 2022 - May 2022

Discover the fascinating world of your backyard. Learn how backyards can be good animal homes and meet this season’s backyard “stars”: live animals like box turtles, beetles, rabbits, snakes, and birds. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): K.L.1, 1.L.1, 1.L.2 Scheduling Instructions: Scheduling for February through end of May will open on January 4th, 2022. To schedule, please… 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 2021 - January 2022

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 >

Prairie Ridge: Winter Habitat Hike

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

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. SAFETY POLICY – MASKS Trip leaders… Read More >

Prairie Ridge: Preschool on the Prairie

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  • Times Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am (up to 2 classes)
  • Dates Available: March 2022 - June 10, 2022

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 class. This program is held onsite at our Prairie Ridge location. You can find updated information for visitors at our various… Read More >

Dinosaurs Roar!

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  • Times Available: Thursday, Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am
  • Dates Available: February 2022 - May 2022

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. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): K.L.1, 1.L.1 Scheduling Instructions: Scheduling for February through end of May will open on January 4th, 2022. To schedule, please read… Read More >

Bones & Muscles of the Body

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm
  • Dates Available: October 2021 - January 2022

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. This program is 45 minutes long and… Read More >

Beaver Ponds

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  • Times Available: Thursday, Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am
  • Dates Available: February 2022 - May 2022

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. Science Curriculum Correlation(s): K.L.1, 1.L.1, 1.L.2 Scheduling Instructions: Scheduling for February through end of May will open on January 4th, 2022. To schedule,… Read More >

Animals Alive!

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm
  • Dates Available: October 2021 - January 2022

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 >

Animal Life Cycles

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm
  • Dates Available: October 2021 - January 2022

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. This program is 45… Read More >

Adaptations of Reptiles & Amphibians

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  • Times Available: Wednesday - Friday, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm
  • Dates Available: October 2021 - January 2022

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. This program is 45 minutes long and held onsite at… Read More >

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