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                                                                                                          RALEIGH, NC

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11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
Telephone 919.733.7450
Fax 919.733.1573


A division of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
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                                                                                            EDUCATOR GUIDE
                                                             NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM of NATURAL SCIENCES

Contact Information
                                                             EDUCATOR S GUIDE
General Information
Toll-free in North Carolina 1.877.4NATSCI
                                                             to Museum Services
TTY 919.715.6464                                      Contents
Museum Area                Museum Staff          Extension   MUSEUM INFORMATION
Acro Café                  Matt Busch            306         Planning Your Visit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Discovery Room             Jan Weems             615         Areas for Guided Learning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Distance Learning          M.T. Fore             621         Special Exhibits Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Field Trip Planning        Barbara Beaman        610         Daily Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Living Conservatory        Martha Flanagan       603         Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Museum Operator                                  0           Prairie Ridge Ecostation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Museum Store               Heather Heath         360
Prairie Ridge              Mary Ann Brittain     675         STUDENT PROGRAMS
Naturalist Center          John Connors          602         Scheduling Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Student Programs           Debbie Huston         555         Science Curriculum Correlations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Teacher Education          Mike Dunn             620         Discovery Fun (3-year-olds–1st grade) . . . . . . . . . . . 14

                                                             Curiosity Classes (K–5th grade) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

                                                             Tropical Connections (5th–12th grade) . . . . . . . . . . 18

                                                             Natural History Investigations (5th–12th grade) . . . 19

                                                             Distance Learning “Field Trips” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

                                                             Programs at Your School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

                                                             After-School Opportunities for Students . . . . . . . . . 24

                                                             STAFF DEVELOPMENT
                                                             Workshops at Your School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

                                                             Educator Treks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

                                                             Educators of Excellence Institutes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

                                                             EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
                                                             Activity Guides to the Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

11 West Jones Street
                                        Online Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
                                      Friends of the Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

                                                             Educators of Excellence Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Betsy Bennett, Director                                      PARKING INFORMATION
                                                             Directions and Area Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

Free admission to all permanent exhibits.

          A division of the N.C. Department of

          Environment and Natural Resources

7,500 copies of this public document were published at
a cost of $5,295.00 or 70¢ per copy.

Planning Your Visit                                                                    bar text

                           WHEN IS THE MUSEUM OPEN?                                    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY GROUP ARRIVES AT
                           Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.                              THE MUSEUM?

                                                                                                                                                                               M U S E U M I N F O R M AT I O N 

                           Sunday, noon–5 p.m.                                         The group should remain outside while the group leader
                                                                                       registers at the Information Desk in the Museum lobby.
                           WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT?                     Museum staff will greet the group outside and review
                           The Museum is typically less crowded from October           rules and other pertinent information. Chaperones will
                           through February.                                           receive a Visitor’s Guide and Map, Rules for Visiting
                                                                                       School Groups and a chaperone badge.
                           WHAT ARE MY FIELD TRIP OPTIONS?
                           Option 1: Museum visit                                      IS THE MUSEUM ACCESSIBLE TO PERSONS
                           Explore, discover and learn at your own pace with a         WITH DISABILITIES?
                           self-guided experience.                                     The Museum offers assistive devices, guided tours and
                             • All groups not registered for fee-based Museum          other accommodations for persons with disabilities. For
                                student programs (see Option 2) are required to        information, contact the Curator of Special Populations
                                schedule their visit through Capital Area Visitor      at 919.733.7450 x525 (TTY 919.715.6464). Requests
                                Services (CAVS), toll free 1.866.724.8687. Please      for special accommodations should be made at least six
                                do not call the Museum to schedule your visit.         weeks prior to your visit.
                                Once you have contacted CAVS, you will receive
                                priority admission to the Museum.                      WHERE CAN MY GROUP EAT LUNCH?
                             • One and a half hours are recommended to visit the       The Museum does not have an indoor area where
                                Museum’s nine exhibit halls.                           groups can eat. There is a non-secure area where closed
                             • Admission to the main exhibit halls is free.            containers (e.g. coolers, boxes or plastic tubs) contain­
                             • The Special Exhibits Gallery allows a close-up look     ing lunches and drinks can be stored during your
Field Trip
                                at science and nature through unique exhibits. For     group’s visit; please ask Visitor Services staff for direc­
                                more information, see page 6.                          tions to the storage area. While group lunches cannot
Make sure that your
                                                                                       be eaten inside the Museum, your group is welcome to
field trip is a valuable   Option 2: Museum visit plus student program                 enjoy your lunches on the outdoor Bicentennial Plaza,
learning experience by     Explore the Museum before or after your group               which is located directly across from the Museum's
working with a Museum      participates in a fee-based student program.                entrance. For additional information on the plaza or
educator to plan a           • Curriculum-correlated student programs for              other picnic locations in the capital area, contact
focused visit. Our             preschool–grade 12 help you integrate the               Capital Area Visitor Services toll free at
educators can help you         Museum experience into your classroom. Program          1.866.724.8687.
integrate your educa-          and registration information starts on page 11.
tional objectives and        • Prior registration with Capital Area Visitor Services   WHERE CAN MY GROUP PURCHASE A MEAL?
make connections to            is not required unless your group plans to visit        The Museum’s Acro Café serves food and drinks to
the North Carolina             another facility in the Capital area.                   individuals and family groups. To meet the needs of
Science Curriculum.
                                                                                       school groups, the Acro Café offers the opportunity to
This free consultation     WHAT CAN MY GROUP DO AT THE MUSEUM?                         pre-order healthy take-out bag lunches at a discount.
is available by            The Museum offers free, hands-on programs daily. No         Group lunches must be ordered at least one week prior
appointment only.          registration required. See page 7 for details.              to visit. For menu options, prices and ordering
Please email
                           Floor plans and curriculum-based exhibit activities         information contact Matthew Busch at 919.733.7450
                           such as chaperone guides and gallery activity guides for    x306 or For additional dining at least
                           students can be downloaded from the Museum’s                options, contact Capital Area Visitor Services toll free
two weeks prior to
                           Web site. See page 36.                                      at 1.866.724.8687.
your visit.
                           HOW MANY CHAPERONES DOES MY GROUP NEED?                     CAN MY GROUP PURCHASE SOUVENIRS?
                           A minimum of one adult per 10 students is required.         Museum Store

                           Chaperones must be at least 18 years old. Failure to        Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

                           provide adequate adult supervision may mean your            Sunday, noon–4:45 p.m.

                           group will not be allowed to visit the Museum.              The Museum Store offers nature-related books, games,
                           Students must be under direct adult supervision             toys and gifts. No time to shop? At least two weeks
                           at all times.                                               prior to your visit, order gift bags for your students
                                                                                       For more information, call the Store at 919.733.7450

                           AND WHERE ARE THEY LOCATED?

                                                                                       x369 or e-mail
                                                                                       The Museum Store is operated by the Friends of the Museum;
                           Parking for cars is available nearby; see page 40 

                                                                                       all proceeds benefit museum educational programs.
2                          for details.
Areas for Guided Learning

                             EXPLORATION STATIONS
                             Hours of operation vary.

                                                                                                                                                                                  M U S E U M I N F O R M AT I O N 

                             Exploration Station discovery carts, located
                             throughout the Museum, invite visitors to learn about
                             natural history using hands-on materials and
                             live animals.

   School groups may use     DISCOVERY ROOM

the Discovery Room only      Closed Mondays.

    if prior arrangements    Tuesday–Friday, 

         have been made.           noon–4 p.m. (September–May)

           Information on          11 a.m.–3 p.m. (June–August)

  Discovery Fun student      Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

        programs starts on   Sunday, 1–4 p.m. 

                 page 14.	   The Discovery Room is a special place for families and
                             visitors of all ages to explore the natural world up close.
                             Engage your senses by touching fossils, feeling bird
                             wings, smelling tropical scents, watching a beehive and
                             more. Try on costumes, play with puppets and find
                             hidden animals in our dead-tree critter hotel. This is
                                                               an ideal area for inter-    LIVING CONSERVATORY
                                                                generational learning.     Closed Mondays.
                                                                                           Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
                                                                                           Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
                                                                                           Sunday, 1–4 p.m.
                                                                                           Enter the Living Conservatory and immerse yourself in
                                                                                           the amazing world of a Central American dry tropical
                                                                                           forest. Find live butterflies, turtles, tarantulas, snakes
                                                                                           and even a sloth. Examine tropical plants such as the
                                                                                           vanilla orchid, cashew tree, pineapple plant and the
                                                                                           annatto, used to color food and cosmetics. Learn how
                                                                                           North Carolina is connected to the tropics through
                                                                                           migration, shared species and products. Staff is on hand
                                                                                           to answer questions.
                                                                                           See Tropical Connections on page 18 for student programs
                                                                                           in the Living Conservatory.

    See Natural History      NATURALIST CENTER
       Investigations on     Closed Mondays.
     page 19 for student     Tuesday–Friday,
        programs in the            noon–4 p.m. (September–May)
      Naturalist Center.           11 a.m.–3 p.m. (June–August)
                             Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

                             Sunday, 1–4 p.m.

                             Ages: 8 years and up 

                             (8- to 11-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult)

                             The Naturalist Center provides visitors access to an
                             extensive collection of specimens for individual or
                             class research, or for general interest. Collections
                             include birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes,
                             insects, plants, fossils, rocks, minerals and more.
                             Reference books, microscopes and other lab equipment
                             are also available. Staff provide assistance with self-
                             directed exploration.
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Special Exhibits Gallery                                                         Daily Programs

                 The Special Exhibits Gallery allows a close-up look at the      Get involved in live science programs.
                 natural sciences through unique exhibitions. For detailed       The Museum offers free, hands-on programs every day. No

                                                                                                                                                                      M U S E U M I N F O R M AT I O N
                 information about upcoming special exhibits, educator           registration is required. Check the Museum’s Web site at
                 resources and dates for “Teachers’ Preview” events, visit the
                 Museum’s Web site at:                                           for a schedule.
                                                                                 WRAL Auditorium (seating capacity 260)
                 Hours of Admission                                              LIVE! AT THE MUSEUM
                                                                                 Talented presenters introduce visitors to a variety of
                                                                                 natural science concepts.
                 Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
                 Sunday, noon–4 p.m.
                 BOX OFFICE opens one-half hour prior to EXHIBIT,                High-definition presentations take you into the heart
                 Monday – Saturday and at noon on Sundays.                       of nature.

                 How to Visit a Special Exhibit                                  Windows on the World (seating capacity 50)
                 Step 1: Decide which Field Trip Option (1 or 2) fits            Located on the third floor, this room offers visitors a
                 your group’s needs best and schedule your visit. See            chance to learn about live animals during Storytime
                 page 2 for details.                                             and Meet the Animals shows. Outfitted with state-of­
                                                                                 the-art multimedia equipment, Windows on the World
                 Step 2: Call the Box Office at 919.733.7450 x212 to             also supplies the stage for distance learning classes
                 reserve your tickets; discounted group ticket prices are        (p. 21) that are broadcast throughout the week.
                 available for some exhibits. It is strongly recommended
                 that you reserve your tickets at least one week in              MEET THE ANIMALS
                 advance of your group’s visit as some time slots sell out.      From alligators to insects, come face to face with a new
                 So that your group leader will have adequate time to            live animal each week.
                 check in with Visitor Services and pick up your tickets
                 at the Box Office, please arrive at the Museum at least         STORYTIME
                 one half-hour before your Special Exhibit entry time.           Listen to best-loved children’s nature stories and meet
                                                                                 Museum animals.
                 Step 3: Admission to the Special Exhibit Gallery is
                 available only at the time printed on your ticket. Please
                 have cash or check payable to “Friends of the Museum”
                 ready upon your group’s arrival at the Box Office on
                 the first floor. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted.

                 Special Exhibits Gallery Calendar
                 For information on our current and future special
                 exhibits, visit

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                Admission is free, except where noted. Dates and times of
         FREE   some events are subject to change. For event updates, con­

                                                                                                                                                               M U S E U M I N F O R M AT I O N 

                tact the Museum at 919.733.7450 or 1.877.4NATSCI
                or visit

                BUGFEST!                                                      REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN DAY
                Saturday, September 11, 2010                                  Saturday, March 12, 2011
                9 a.m.–9 p.m.                                                 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
                The greatest show on Earth devoted to a family-friendly       Amazing and exotic live reptiles and amphibians from
                look at the world of bugs! Be sure to check out the           around the world.
                Evening Insectival from 5–9 p.m.
                                                                              PLANET EARTH CELEBRATION
                NATURAL HISTORY HALLOWEEN                                     Saturday, April 16, 2011
                Saturday, October 30, 2010                                    11 a.m.–5 p.m.
                11 a.m.–5 p.m.                                                Learn about living sustainably and meet some cool
                A Museum Halloween celebration for kids ages 2 to 12.         green vendors.

                FIRST NIGHT RALEIGH                                           ASTRONOMY DAYS
                Friday, December 31, 2010                                     Saturday, May 21, 2011, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
                3–10 p.m.                                                     Sunday, May 22, 2011, noon–5 p.m.
                The Museum joins the annual downtown                          See the big picture — of the Universe.
                Raleigh celebration.
                Note: A First Night button is required to participate in      STORM FEST
                event activities. Buttons are available in the Museum Store   Saturday, June 18, 2011, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
                and at many locations throughout Wake County. Call            Sunday, June 19, 2011, noon–5 p.m.
                919.832.8699 for prices and details.                          Learn about severe storms and hurricanes in
                                                                              North Carolina.
                GROUNDHOG DAY
                Wednesday, February 2, 2011
                10 a.m.–3 p.m.
                Meet Sir Walter Wally the groundhog and get his
                prognostication for the next six weeks. See page 23 for
                information on how your students can get involved
                with this special event.

                DARWIN DAY
                Saturday, February 12, 2011
                Noon–3 p.m.
                Spend an afternoon learning about Charles Darwin
                and his theory of natural selection. Investigate how
                Darwin’s theories from 150 years ago are critical to
                modern scientific research and meet some of the
                scientists doing this work.

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                                                                            STUDENT PROGRAMS
Prairie Ridge Ecostation                                                    Scheduling Information

                 Prairie Ridge Ecostation                                                                                                                NATURAL
                 4301 Reedy Creek Road                                                                                 CURIOSITY            TROPICAL     HISTORY
                                                                                                DISCOVERY FUN           CLASSES           CONNECTIONS INVESTIGATIONS
                 Raleigh, NC 27607
                                     3–5-year-olds,       Grades K–5          Grades 5–12           Grades 5–12
                                                                                     Ages      Grades PreK–1
                 Prairie Ridge is the field station for the NC Museum                          Oct. 5, 2010–        Oct. 5, 2010–       Oct. 5, 2010–         Oct. 5, 2010–
                                                                                     Dates     June 25, 2011        June 3, 2011        June 3, 2011          June 25, 2011
                 of Natural Sciences. This field station provides an
                 outdoor setting for learning about the natural world                          Tuesday–Friday,      Tuesday–Friday,     Mondays &             Sept.–May
                 and sustainability practices. Program opportunities for                       10 & 11 a.m.         9:45, 10:45,        Thursdays               Tues.–Fri., 9,
                 students, teachers and the general public occur                    Times                           11:45 a.m.          9:45,10:45,             10, 11 a.m.
                 throughout the year.                                                                               (two classes        11:45 a.m.            June
                                                                                                                    offered per time                            Tues.–Fri, 9
                                                                                                                    period)                                     & 10 a.m.
                 For Educators:
                   • Look through this guide for the Prairie Ridge logo
       Program         See page 14          See page 16         See page 18           See page 19
                     to find programs taking place at Prairie Ridge.
                   • Check­
                     ecostation for other current programs.
                                   Preschools: $35               $40 per program except where noted
                   • Want to lead your own field trip? Schedule a leader
        Program       per program
                     orientation session that will help you become
                  Fees      Grades K–1: $40
                     familiar with the grounds and get ideas on 
                              per program
                     activities for your students or staff.
                                   • Preschool               Minimum 8, maximum 30 — no exceptions
                   • Join us on our Tuesday walks to earn NC
                                    max. 20
                     Environmental Education Certification credits.
                           • Grades K–1
                   • Contact us to explore additional ways your class
                           max. 26
                     might visit the field station.
                           Class Size      • Min. one adult
                                                                                                 for every five
                 For additional information, contact Kim Smart,
                 natural sciences educator, at 919.733.7450 x673                               Call scheduling      Call scheduling     Call Living           Call Naturalist
                 or                                                 coordinator at       coordinator at      Conservatory          Center
                                                                                               919.733.7450         919.733.7450        Coordinator at        Curator at
                                                                            To Schedule        x555 or              x555 or             919.733.7450          919.733.7450
                                                                                               toll free in         toll free in        x603 or               x607 or
                                                                                               North Carolina       North Carolina      toll free in          toll free in
                                                                                               1.877.4NATSCI        1.877.4NATSCI       North Carolina        North Carolina
                                                                                               x555                 x555                1.877.4NATSCI         1.877.4NATSCI
                                                                                                                                        x603                  x602

                                                                                               Tuesday, August 17, 2010
                                                                             Scheduling        Note: You must register for programs at least four weeks in advance
                                                                                  Starts       of your group’s visit.

                                                                                  Invoice      Will be sent within five days of your contact with the Scheduling Coordinator.

                                                                                               Will be sent approximately four to six weeks prior to your visit.
                                                                            Cancellation       A minimum two-week notice is required for refund.

                                                                            Cancellation       If the Museum or the group needs to cancel due to weather, the program will
                                                                            (due to weather)   be rescheduled at the teacher’s request and as the Museum’s calendar permits.

                                                                               Financial       Is available to some groups. For information, please contact
                                                                              Assistance       Liz Baird, director of education, at

                                                                                Special        Most programs can be tailored to meet the needs of special populations.
                                                                            Populations        Please indicate the special needs of your group when scheduling a program.

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Science Curriculum Correlations

                                                                                                                                                      Science                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Science                                                                                                                                      Biology                                                                                  Earth
                                        Grade                                     K                                                        1                                 2                 3                            4                           5                                                            Grade          All                        5                                             6                            7                                        8                                                                        9-12                                                                           9-12

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Continuity of Life & Organism Changes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Interdependence of Plants & Animals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Interdependence of Plants & Animals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Evolution in Organisms & Landforms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Interdependence of Earth’s Systems
                                                   Properties of Common Objects

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Animal Growth & Adaptation
                                                                                                                                                                                         Plant Growth & Adaptation
                                                                                                                                               Needs of Living Organisms
                                                                                      Similarities & Differences

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ecological Relationships
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Unity & Diversity of Life

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Origin of Earth Systems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Population Dynamics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Evolutionary Biology
                                                                                                                   Solid Earth Materials

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Geological Cycles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Scientific Inquiry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            STUDENT PROGRAMS

                                                                                                                                                                           Life Cycles


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Program Title
                       Program Title                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Biodiversity                                     ✗                                                        ✗                    ✗
                       Prairie Ridge                                                   ✗                                                           ✗
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tropical Bugs                                    ✗                                                        ✗                                    ✗
                       Animals w/o Backbones                                           ✗                                                           ✗

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Outdoors                                         ✗                                                        ✗                    ✗
                       Dinosaurs                                                       ✗                                                           ✗
                       By the Beaver Pond                                              ✗                                                           ✗                                                                                                                                                      Global Connection                                                                                                                                                                                ✗                                      ✗                          ✗                          ✗
                       In the Backyard                                                 ✗                                                           ✗                                                                                                                                                      World’s Marketplace                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ✗                          ✗                                                                                         ✗
                       Rocks                           ✗                               ✗                            ✗                                                                                                                                                                                     Fossils                   ✗                                                           ✗                                                       ✗                                  ✗               ✗                                                                                            ✗                      ✗                                       ✗
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NATURAL HISTORY

                       Winter Backyard                                                 ✗                                                           ✗                                                                                                                                                                                ✗                                                                                                                                                                      ✗                                      ✗                                                     ✗

                       What Is an Animal                                               ✗                                                           ✗
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Signs                     ✗                                                                               ✗                                                                                                                             ✗                          ✗
                       Mammals                                                         ✗                                                           ✗                         ✗                                            ✗

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Adaptations               ✗                                                                               ✗                                    ✗                                                 ✗                                      ✗                                                     ✗                                                ✗ ✗
                       Reptiles                                                        ✗                                                           ✗                         ✗                                            ✗
                       Animal Life Cycles                                                                                                                                    ✗                                                                                                                            Study Skins                                                                                                                                                                                      ✗                                      ✗                          ✗                          ✗
                       Plant Adaptations                                                                                                                                                       ✗                                                                                                          NC Geology                ✗                                                           ✗                                                       ✗                                                                                                                                                                      ✗                         ✗ ✗
                       Animal Detectives                                                                                                                                                                                  ✗                                  ✗
                       Investigating Ecosystems                                                                                                                                                                                                              ✗                          Discovery Fun, Curiosity Class, Tropical Connections and Natural History
                       Prairie Ridge                                                                                                                                                                                      ✗                                  ✗                          Investigation programs meet many of the objectives of the North Carolina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Science Curriculum. All programs teach basic process skills, such as observing,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        classifying and communicating, and help students develop a positive attitude
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        toward science and the need for conservation.

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Discovery Fun                  3–5-Year-Olds and Grades PreK–1

                Discovery Fun programs give young children their first          ANIMALS WITHOUT BACKBONES:
                taste of the natural world by engaging their senses in          MEET THE INVERTEBRATES
                interactive exploration in the Museum’s Discovery Room.         Preschool–Grade 1
                Each program begins with a topical presentation featuring       All seasons
                live animals and natural history materials. Afterward,          Meet some of the “wildest” animals in your backyard!
                young students explore Discovery Boxes, Discovery               Discover animals with no legs and animals with dozens
                Drawers, microscopes, an active beehive, animal costumes,       of legs. Touch animals with hard shells and animals with
                animal hand puppets and much more. Teachers receive a           squishy skin. Join us for a friendly safari in search of the
                packet with material for each student, post-visit class         strangest backyard invertebrates.
                activities and a natural history object for the class science

                                                                                                                                                                         STUDENT PROGRAMS
                center. Programs are adapted for each age group.                BY THE BEAVER POND
                                                                                Preschool–Grade 1
                Scheduling information can be found on page 11.                 All seasons
                                                                                Meet wet creatures, such as dragonfly nymphs, frogs,
                                                                                tadpoles and turtles, that live in or near the pond. Learn
                                                                                how they eat, swim and use the beaver pond as a home.

                                                                                IN THE BACKYARD
                                                                                Preschool–Grade 1
                WEDNESDAYS AT PRAIRIE RIDGE                                     September–November and mid-March–June
                Rising Kindergarteners–Grade 1                                  Discover the fascinating world of our closest wild
                April–May 2010                                                  neighbors! Meet live backyard animals such as box
                Class size for rising Kindergarteners: two classes with a       turtles, rabbits and snakes. Find out how the backyard
                maximum of 16 children in each class                            makes a good animal home.
                Class size for Kindergarteners–Grade 1: two classes with a
                maximum of 25 children in each class                            WINTER BACKYARD
                Class time: 10–11:45 a.m.                                       Preschool–Grade 1
                Fee: $45 per class                                              December–mid-March
                Location: Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh, NC                 Discover the winter habits and habitats of our backyard
                Life is all around us — all we have to do is read the           animals. Meet some live animals such as salamanders,
                signs! We’ll begin our adventure with a brief circle-time       toads and flying squirrels and learn how animals get
                introducing the Ecostation and the animals that live            along in cold weather.
                there. Next we’ll hike through the prairie to a bird
                blind overlooking a pond. On our travels we’ll look for         PARENT-LED EXPLORATION OF THE
                animal signs using all our senses and a few tools.              DISCOVERY ROOM
                                                                                Parents with children 3 years old
                DINOSAURS                                                       and younger
                4-Year-Olds–Grade 1                                             Fee: $25 per session
                (not recommended for 3- and young 4-year-olds)                  All Seasons
                All seasons                                                     Group Size: Maximum 16 people;
                Take a pretend field trip back to the time of dinosaurs.        parents must accompany children
                Discover how long, how tall and how hungry dinosaurs            Your children may be too young
                were. Meet some live animals whose ancestors lived in           for a Discovery Fun program, but
                prehistoric times.                                              they are never too young to enjoy
                                                                                and explore the Discovery Room.
                ROCKS                                                           This offering allows groups of
                4-Year-Olds–Grade 1                                             moms and dads to reserve the
                (not recommended for 3- and young 4-year-olds)                  Discovery Room. Museum staff
                All seasons                                                     provide a brief introduction, then
                Share a journey through time with three rocks:                  provide guidance and room super­
                metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary. Learn how rocks           vision during this 45-minute
                were formed. Meet a live animal whose ancestors can be          experience.
                found as a fossil.

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Curiosity Classes                                  Kindergarten–Grade 5

                    Curiosity Class programs encourage students to explore a     ANIMAL DETECTIVES
                    wide variety of natural science topics. Students may touch   Grades 4–5
                    and examine live animals and plants as well as real          All seasons
                    specimens from the Museum’s collections.                     Working in teams, students use observation skills
                                                                                 and field guides to identify two live animals and to
                    Scheduling information can be found on page 11.              investigate the adaptations these animals possess for
                                                                                 survival. Students learn about common North Carolina
                                                                                 animals and share their findings with classmates.
                    Simple, curriculum-correlated guides help chaperones         INVESTIGATING ECOSYSTEMS

                                                                                                                                                                     STUDENT PROGRAMS
                    relate Museum exhibits to Curiosity Class program            Grade 5
                    topics. To download copies, please visit the Learning        All seasons
                    Resources section of our Web site at                         Investigate the interdependence of plants and animals
                  in ecosystems. Working in teams, students learn about
                                                                                 organisms found in a North Carolina Longleaf Pine
                    WHAT IS AN ANIMAL?                                           Savanna and their dependence on fire.
                    Kindergarten–Grade 1
                    All seasons                                                  FRIDAYS AT PRAIRIE RIDGE ECOSTATION
                    Observe and touch different live animals and explore         Grades 4–5
                    the similarities and differences between them. Learn         October 2010
                    what the animals need to survive.                            April–May 2011
                                                                                 Class size: 15 minimum–60 maximum
                    MAMMALS                                                      Class time: 10 a.m.–noon
                    Kindergarten–Grade 5                                         Fee: $45 (15–30 students)
                    All seasons                                                       $90 (31–60 students)
                    Meet a variety of mammals and discover what makes            Chaperone requirement: 1 adult per 5 students (minimum)
                    them so unique. Highlights include an opportunity            Location: Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh, NC
                    to touch several live mammals from the Museum’s              Learn about plant and animal adaptations during an
                    collection. This hands-on program is adapted to each         exploration of the ecosystems of Prairie Ridge, the
                    grade level. Please note: Program subject to                 Museum’s 38-acre field station located in west Raleigh.
                    availability of live mammals.                                Investigate the connections between plants and animals
                                                                                 during a hike through the prairie, lowland forest and
                    REPTILES                                                     pond edge.
                    Kindergarten–Grade 5
                    All seasons
                    Compare turtles, alligators, lizards and snakes to learn
                    about reptiles and how they live. Touch several live
                    animals. This hands-on program is adapted to each
                    grade level.

                    ANIMAL LIFE CYCLES
                    Grade 2
                    All seasons
                    Explore the life cycles of five major groups of animals:
                    amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds and insects. Meet
                    live animals from each group and learn about their
                    stages of development and adaptations for survival.

                    PLANT ADAPTATIONS
                    Grade 3
                    All seasons
                    Examine the lives of green plants through hands-on
                    activities and role-playing. Investigate plant structures
                    as adaptations for survival. Learn how plants compete
                    with each other and defend themselves from predators.

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Tropical Connections                                          Grades 5–12       Natural History Investigations                                            Grades 5–12

                Tropical Connections programs give students the 
               Natural History Investigations give students the opportunity
                opportunity to explore North Carolina’s connections to the
     to use the Naturalist Center’s collections and equipment to
                tropics using discussions, hands-on activities and tours of 
   investigate scientific concepts.
                the Living Conservatory and Tropical Connections Hall.

                                                                                Scheduling information can be found on page 11.
                Scheduling information can be found on page 11.

                                                                                FOSSILS: WINDOWS INTO THE PAST
                BIODIVERSITY OF THE NEW WORLD TROPICS                           Grades 6–12
                Grades 5–8                                                      Give your students a unique opportunity to study

                                                                                                                                                                         STUDENT PROGRAMS
                Observe live plants and animals characteristic of a             fossil specimens from North Carolina and elsewhere.
                Central American dry tropical forest during this pro­           Students examine fossils to learn how they form and
                gram that highlights biodiversity within tropical ecosys­       how fossils tell us about the past. Students also explore
                tems, North Carolina’s connections with the New                 how we know the age of fossils and how a geologic map
                World tropics, and plant and animal survival strategies.        can help with fossil dating and identification.

                                  THE KEY TO ANIMAL CLASSIFICATION
                CAROLINA COUSINS
                                               Grades 6–12
                Grades 5–8                                                      Explore relationships among groups of animals using
                Delve into the amazing world of insects and spiders and         identifiable differences in body parts to organize
                explore the many roles of arthropods in the tropics.            taxonomic groups. Learn the value and limitation of
                Learn about the unique natural histories and unusual            “keys” in organizing groups of objects while developing
                adaptations of several tropical arthropods and their            a sample classification system.
                North Carolina counterparts.
                                                                                SIGNS OF NATURE
                BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN: 
                                     Grades 6–12
                WHY AND HOW?
                                                   Explore the Naturalist Center’s collection of signs that
                Grades 5–8                                                      animals leave behind. Use observation, measurements,
                Explore the connections — shared species, products              field guides and other strategies to identify unknown
                and the global environment — that North Carolina has            animals by their tracks, scat or other signs. This pro­
                to the New World tropics and learn about the technol­           gram is ideal for school “Envirothon” teams, science
                ogy, both complex and simple, that maintains a piece of         clubs and outdoor-oriented classes.
                tropical dry forest on the fourth floor of the Museum.

                Grades 9–12
                Discover and explore our connections to forests around
                the world and then examine the role that forests,
                particularly tropical forests, play in our everyday lives.
                Experience these connections during a tour of the
                Living Conservatory, which recreates a Central
                American dry tropical forest.

                 Grades 9–12
                 Participate in an active simulation that models what
                 can happen when countries export their forest resources
                 as manufactured products. Experience some of the
                 dynamics involved in the international trade of forest
                 products when forest resources are unevenly distributed.
               * This program runs for 1.5 hours.

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Natural History Investigations          (cont.)                               Distance Learning “Field Trips”                                        Grades 1–12c

                 ADAPTATIONS IN BIRDS AND MAMMALS                             Want to visit the Museum without a long bus trip?
                 Grades 6–12                                                  Experience a live, interactive Museum “field trip” using
                 Using specimens from bird and mammal collections,            two-way, full-motion audio and video. The hour-long
                 students analyze the similarities and differences in         program comes to you, live and direct from the
                 anatomy, form and function between these animal              Museum’s Windows on the World studio. All programs
                 groups. Students then develop hypotheses to account          are adapted to each grade level.
                 for observed patterns and discuss the advantages and
                 disadvantages of specific adaptations.                       Your students interact with a Museum educator and
                                                                              actively participate throughout the program as they
                 BEYOND THE STUDY SKIN                                        work with instructional materials and natural history

                                                                                                                                                                     STUDENT PROGRAMS
                 Grades 6–12                                                  specimens from the Museum, which are sent to you
                 Learn about classification and biodiversity in a             prior to the session.
                 guided exploration of the Naturalist Center’s scientific
                 collections. Discover how and why curators prepare           Programs are free to North Carolina Schools, with the
                 specimens and store collections in this introduction to      exception of the return shipping on teaching materials
                 museum research.                                             used in the class. Out of state schools pay a $65 fee and
                                                                              return shipping charges on materials.
                 Grades 6–12                                                  Schools must have videoconferencing equipment to
                 Work in teams to examine typical North Carolina              participate. For more information or to register, contact
                 rocks and practice classifying them. Then use these          M.T. Fore, coordinator of student outreach and
                 specimens to interpret major geologic events that            distance learning, at 919.733.7450 x621 or
                 have shaped our state.                             

                 SPECIAL TEACHER-LED EXPLORATION                              DISCOVERING DINOSAURS
                 OF COLLECTIONS                                               Grades 1–12
                 Grades 5–12                                                  What is a fossil? What dinosaur fossils have we found?
                 Fee: $30 per hour                                            How do we use these fossils to develop an understand­
                 Teachers can conduct their own lessons while using the       ing of dinosaurs and how they lived? Examine real
                 Naturalist Center’s collections and equipment. Museum        fossils and fossil replicas during the class. Live animals
                 staff provides room supervision. We suggest that teachers    will be featured.
                 visit the Center before bringing their class. This program
                 is ideal for “Envirothon” teams to examine common            MIGRATE, HIBERNATE, PUPATE
                 North Carolina species and practice for competitions.        Grades 1–12
                                                                              Where do butterflies and moths go in winter? Explore
                                                                              the life history of some of North Carolina’s flying
                                                                              jewels. Discover strategies butterflies and moths use to
                                                                              survive cold North Carolina winters. Learn how to tag
                                                                              monarchs to track their migration routes. Live butter­
                                                                              flies will be featured.

                                                                              ANIMAL TRACKS AND SIGNS
                                                                              Grades 1–12
                                                                              How do we know when an animal is around if we can’t
                                                                              see it? What “signs” do animals leave behind? Examine
                                                                              evidence of feeding activity, tracks and scat as you learn
                                                                              to identify animals by their signs. Discover what signs
                                                                              tell you about the behavior of animals that have passed
                                                                              your way. Live animals will be featured.

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Distance Learning “Field Trips”                     (cont.)                          Programs at Your School

                         TROPICAL CONNECTIONS                                        GROUNDHOG DAY 2011
                         Grades 1–12                                                 Sir Walter Wally and Friends of the N.C. Museum of
                         How is North Carolina connected to the tropics?             Natural Sciences invite you to participate in the annual
                         Examine some of the plants and animals that we share        statewide celebration of Groundhog Day. Participants
                         and gain an appreciation for the connections between        in Groundhog Day 2011 can download a free kit that
                         our regions. Live tropical animals will be featured.        includes ideas for activities about weather, groundhogs,
                                                                                     shadows and more. On February 2, 2011, classes can
                         COASTAL CAROLINA                                            fill out an online Weather Watch report to show what
                         Grades 1–12                                                 the weather is like at your school. Results from across
                         Get ready for a trip to North Carolina’s coast!
            the state will be shared on the Museum’s Web site.

                                                                                                                                                                           STUDENT PROGRAMS
                         Investigate our state’s coast from salt marsh to deep
      View previous years’ predictions at
                         ocean using models as well as real specimens. Live
                         coastal animals will be featured. 
                         Registration information will be available on the
                                                                                     Museum’s Web site in January 2011.
                         Grades 1–12
                         What plants, animals and minerals represent North
                         Carolina to you? Are they the rare specimens found
                                                                                     Outreach Programs
                         only in the Carolinas, such as the Venus’ flytrap? Or are
                         they things that you find all over the state, such as the   The Museum brings the natural sciences to you
                         Carolina wren? Use hands-on materials to learn more         with lively presentations that include touchable live
                         about North Carolina treasures. Live animals and            animals and natural objects. Outreach programs can
                         plants will be featured.                                    be scheduled for school groups, after-school programs,
                                                                                     summer camps, preschools, libraries and community
                         BUDS, BARK AND BERRIES                                      festivals. These programs can also be tailored for special
                         Grades 1–12                                                 populations such as Spanish speakers, senior citizens,
                         Learn how trees are different from other plants. Review     persons with mental or physical disabilities, at-risk
                         photosynthesis, the parts of trees and examine "tree        youth, pediatric patients and their families and youth
                         cookies." Explore the importance of trees and how they      groups such as Boy and Girl Scouts.
                         impact our everyday lives.
                                                                                     Programs are available Tuesday–Saturday. Dates can be
                        * Check the Museum’s Web site for new program topics.        reserved up to six months in advance and require at
                                                                                     least six weeks notice prior to program date. Topics and
                                                                                     fees are listed on the Museum’s Web site at

                                                                                     For more information about
       Science Curriculum Correlations                                               outreach programs, contact
                                                                                     Martha Fisk, curator of



                                                                                     community outreach, at

                                                                                     919.733.7450 x521 or

     GRADE GOAL                                                             For
                                                                                     information about outreach
       1     Needs of Living Organisms                      ✗ ✗ ✗ ✗       ✗   ✗ ✗
                                                                                     programs tailored for
       2     Life Cycles                                      ✗ ✗ ✗       ✗   ✗ ✗
                                                                                     special populations, contact
       3     Plant Growth & Adaptation                            ✗       ✗   ✗ ✗    Stephanie Bohr, curator of
       4     Animal Growth & Adaptation                       ✗ ✗ ✗       ✗   ✗      special populations, at
       5     Interdependence of Plants & Animals            ✗ ✗ ✗ ✗       ✗   ✗      919.733.7450 x525 or
             Matter and Energy Flow in Ecosystems                         ✗   ✗
     6±≠–8   Population Dynamics                                ✗
             Evolution Theory                               ✗     ✗
             Biological Evolution                               ✗
     9–12    Interdependence of Organisms                     ✗ ✗ ✗ ✗ ✗
             Behavior of Organisms                          ✗ ✗   ✗ ✗ ✗

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                                                                                                                    STAFF DEVELOPMENT
After-School Opportunities for Students                                    Workshops at Your School
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                GIRLS IN SCIENCE NEUSE RIVER PROJECT                       Hands-on learning opportunities abound right outside
                Grade 6                                                    your classroom walls. Museum workshops help you create
                Girls in Science is an intensive semester-long program     areas for wildlife and learning that match your objectives
                at the Museum for 18 girls from Wake and surrounding       and resources. For information, contact Mike Dunn,
                counties, who are nominated by their science teachers.     coordinator of teacher education, at 919.733.7450 x620
                The program encourages an interest in science while        or
                introducing girls to science-based career opportunities.
                Participants perform hands-on activities, study water      USING YOUR SCHOOL GROUNDS AS A
                quality in the Neuse River Basin, interact with female     TEACHING RESOURCE: A TEACHER EDUCATION
                mentors in scientific careers and take field trips,        PROGRAM FOR K–12 TEACHERS
                including an overnight experience.                         3 hours
                                                                           Fee: $200
                Nomination forms for Spring 2011 will be available         10–30 participants
                January 2011. For more information about this              Register at least four weeks in advance.
                program or Girls in Science residential summer camps,      Turn native plants and animals on your school grounds
                contact M.T. Fore, coordinator of student outreach         into educational resources. Learn how to enhance your
                and distance learning, at 919.733.7450 x621 or             grounds to create a habitat for wildlife as you become

                                      more comfortable using the outdoors to teach all areas
                                                                           of the curriculum. Ask about special workshops on
                JUNIOR CURATORS                                            butterflies, wetlands and birds.
                Grades 8–12
                Junior Curators are volunteers with an intense             CREATING SCHOOLYARD HABITATS
                interest in natural science and animal care. Volunteer     Two 3-hour sessions at least four weeks apart


                responsibilities include live animal care, in-house and    Fee: $600 (includes native plants, habitat enhancement
                community natural science education and Museum             features such as bird houses and other habitat-specific
                special events.                                            resources, and classroom materials such as student field
                                                                           guides; fee is negotiable depending on the scale of
                Junior Curators enjoy bimonthly seminars on a wide         the habitat feature)
                range of natural science topics. Working with like-        10–30 participants
                minded peers they participate in monthly field experi­     Register at least six weeks in advance.
                ences to natural areas around the state and in natural     Learn about the important features of a wildlife habitat
                science service projects. They interact regularly with     and how to create one on your school grounds. Then
                Museum staff and other natural history professionals       design a habitat area and install it with the assistance of
                from local universities and state agencies.                Museum staff. Students are welcome to participate in
                                                                           the installation portion of the program (second session).
                For the 2011–2012 school year, applications will be        Topics include butterfly gardens, bird observation areas
                available in April 2011 and must be turned in by June      and school ground wet­
                11, 2011. Students may stay in the program for up to       lands. Other habitat
                five years. For more information, contact Lynn Cross,      features may be
                curator of youth programs, at 919.733.7450 x520 or         arranged on request.

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Workshops at Your School      (cont.)                                    Educator Treks

               UTOTES                                                         Get into the field and explore the remarkable
               Using The Outdoors to Teach Experiential Science               natural history around you! Discover ways to
               (UTOTES) is an exciting elementary teacher education           integrate these experiences into all areas of your
               project that demonstrates techniques for using school          curriculum — language arts, math, history and
               grounds as educational resources for hands-on learning.        science. Gain confidence in using experiential
               Since 1991, more than 4,200 educators at 195 selected          learning as you try hands-on activities and
               sites across North Carolina have taken part in the             techniques that really work in your classroom
               UTOTES experience.                                             and on your school grounds.

               What are UTOTES Goals?                                         Funding
                • Promote positive attitudes of teachers and                  Many school districts and civic and profes­
                  students toward living things.                              sional organizations provide financial support
                • Increase the use of the environment in                      for educator workshops. Contact your district
                  teaching all subjects.                                      office about possible grants and scholarships.
                • Develop site-based science leadership.
                • Highlight and enhance areas on your school                  Notification
                  grounds that can be used to teach science in                You will receive a receipt for your deposit, indi­

                  the outdoors.                                               cating acceptance into your chosen program(s).
                                                                              Detailed information will be sent approximately
               How Does UTOTES Work?                                          two weeks prior to each program.
               A group of 16 to 24 staff members at each school
               participates initially. The year-long program includes         Renewal Credit
               six different teacher education workshops (including           Educator workshops may be approved for

               one for creating a wildlife habitat selected by the            renewal credits by your local school district.
               school). Topics may include: attracting butterflies and        Participants receive a certificate of completion
               birds; identifying trees and wildflowers; observing and        for the number of instructional hours for
               recording seasonal changes; exploring wetlands on              each workshop.
               school grounds; integrating the outdoors into curricu­
               lum; and creating nature journals.                             Registration
                                                                              Registration for most Educator Treks is on
               For additional information, including brochure, tenta­         a first-come, first-served basis. Educator Treks
               tive workshop schedule and expanded project descrip­           fill quickly, so register early. Registration
               tions, go to                form is available online at
               What Are the Recommended Credits?
               The workshop series is recommended for two hours of
               North Carolina renewal credit. UTOTES has been
               approved by the N.C. Environmental Certification
               Review Committee as an Eligibility Criteria I
               Instructional Workshop.

               How Can Your School Participate?
               Applications for the 2011–2012 school year will be
               available online in January 2011. For additional
               information, contact Mike Dunn, coordinator of
               teacher education, at 919.733.7450 x620 or

               On What Are Selections Based?
                • Full commitment of the school administration and
                  teaching faculty (between 16–24 participants);
                • Evidence of business, community and parental
                  support; and
                • Current use of or intent to implement an
                  experiential science program.
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Educator Treks   (cont.)

                  Fall 2010 (Aug.–Nov.)                                      103 PROJECT LEARNING TREE ENVIRONMENTAL
                                                                             EXPERIENCES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD — FALL
                  101 ISLANDS IN THE SKY                                     Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh, NC
                  Mount Mitchell State Park and surrounding highlands        Saturday, September 18, 2010
                  Tuesday, August 10–Thursday, August 12, 2010               9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
                  Cost: $75 (includes transportation, camping fee, most      Cost: $20 (includes PLT activity guide and other resource
                  meals, basic camping gear)                                 materials)
                  Escape the dog days of summer and camp on the top          Day Care Credit: 6 hours
                  of North Carolina! Join Museum staff as we explore the     For preschool and elementary school teachers
                  unique environment of Mount Mitchell, the highest          The newly released Project Learning Tree Environmental
                  mountain in the Eastern United States. Learn about         Experiences for Early Childhood guide is designed
                  the spruce-fir forests that dominate the highest eleva­    specifically as a resource for educators that work with
                  tions in the southern Appalachians. Explore the geolo­     early childhood audiences ages 3–5 years of age. The
                  gy of the high peaks and nearby waterfalls. Investigate    guide integrates nature-based exploration, art, music and
                  the influence of elevation on ecology by hiking in areas   movement, literature, math and outdoor play into early
                  ranging from the base of the mountain to the peak.         childhood education programs. PLT Environmental
                  Level of difficulty for this trek is moderate.             Experiences for Early Childhood encourages children to

                                                                             explore, discover and communicate in expressive ways,
                  102 DISCOVERING ISLAND ECOLOGY THROUGH                     and provides an introduction to environmental educa­
                  NATURE JOURNALING                                          tion at a key developmental period in children's lives.
                  Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro, NC
                  Friday, September 17 (depart Raleigh at 4 p.m.)–Sunday,    104 CATERPILLAROLOGY
                  September 19, 2010                                         N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and selected field sites


                  Cost: $100 (includes ferry fee, accommodations, most       in the Raleigh area
                  meals, journaling supplies)                                Saturday, September 18, 2010
                  Limited to 10 participants                                 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
                  Discover the ecology of a barrier island and how to use    Cost: $35 (includes classroom resources and a few host plants)
                  journaling as a technique for enhancing science learn­     Caterpillars are a great learning resource for students of
                  ing. Explore a variety of barrier island habitats, from    all ages. Join us in the field and classroom as we learn
                  the salt marsh to the oceanfront. Document your expe­      how to locate and identify common North Carolina
                  riences through a variety of journaling techniques,        caterpillars, how to raise caterpillars and which plants to
                  including sketching, digital photography, poetry and       add to your garden to attract common species.
                  reflective writing. We will visit other barrier islands    Participate in classroom activities and learn how to get
                  during a boat tour where we might see dolphins and         involved in Citizen Science activities such as the
                  shore birds. Night time explorations might include         Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.
                  hatching sea turtles! You’ll not only increase your
                  understanding of these fragile ecosystems, but also gain   I CAN CHANGE THE WORLD: CITIZEN SCIENCE
                  news ways to incorporate science and writing.              IN THE CLASSROOM
                                                                             Cullowhee, NC
                                                                             Sunday, September 19–Thursday, September 23, 2010
                                                                             Even if you don’t consider yourself a ‘science type’, you
                                                                             and your students can participate in a myriad of mean­
                                                                             ingful and exciting Citizen Science studies. Researchers
                                                                             from all over the world are beginning to network and
                                                                             train volunteers to collect and share the scientific data
                                                                             that is vital to their research projects. Citizen Science
                                                                             programs are cross-curricular and are designed to hold
                                                                             the interest of your students. Join NCCAT and the
                                                                             North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences educators
                                                                             in an exploration of seasonally appropriate Citizen
                                                                             Science themes such as tagging migrating Monarch but­
                                                                             terflies, banding birds on a mountaintop and delving
                                                                             into the streams and forests of the Great Smoky
                                                                             Mountain National Park. For registration information,
                                                                             contact Teacher Services at the NC Center for the
                                                                             Advancement of Teaching at 800.922.0482 or visit
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Educator Treks   (cont.)

                  FROM SOUND TO SEA:
                                            Winter 2010–2011 (Dec.–Feb.)

                  Ocracoke Island, NC                                            107 WHERE SWANS FLY AND BEARS WALK
                  Sunday, October 3–Thursday, October 7, 2010                    Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge,
                  If our students are going to grow into responsible stew­       near Plymouth, NC
                  ards of North Carolina’s critically important coastline,       Friday, December 10 (depart from Raleigh at 3:45
                  their understanding of this region has to go deeper            p.m.)–Saturday, December 11, 2010
                  than sand, tans and seafood restaurants. In partnership        Cost: $85 (includes lodging, breakfast, lunch, transportation
                  with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, NCCAT is               to and from Raleigh)
                  offering a unique opportunity to experience how our            Join Museum staff and refuge biologists as we experience
                  state’s coastline can serve as a dynamic setting for scien­    one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in North Carolina
                  tific observation and inquiry. Learn how to harness the        — thousands of tundra swans, snow geese and other
                  sense of wonder your students have about their natural         waterfowl over-wintering in an area rich in wildlife such as
                  environment and help them become better informed               black bears, bobcats and red wolves. Learn to identify
                  stewards of their world. For registration information,         waterfowl and other winter birds. Pick up practical tips on
                  contact Teacher Services at the NC Center for the              observing and preserving wildlife tracks and signs. Gain
                  Advancement of Teaching at 800.922.0482 or visit               insights into incorporating lessons on wild creatures into

                                                         your curriculum.

                  105 BUTTERFLY PINNING AND BACKYARD BUG                         108 BIRDS OF WINTER
                  COLLECTING — FALL                                               Lake Mattamuskeet and Pocosin Lakes National 

                  N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC
                   Wildlife Refuges 

                  Monday, October 18, 2010
                                       Friday, January 7 (depart Raleigh at 3:45 pm)–Saturday,


                  4–6 p.m.
                                                       January 8, 2011

                  Cost: $35 (includes insect resource manual, pinning board,
     Cost: $85 (includes lodging, breakfast, lunch, 

                  butterfly display box, numerous exotic butterfly specimens)
    transportation to and from Raleigh)

                  Work with Museum staff in the Naturalist Center to              Spend time in the wilds of eastern North Carolina
                  prepare, pin and mount a variety of spectacular tropical        observing one of the largest concentrations of winter
                  butterflies. Learn the various techniques used to               birds along the East Coast. Learn how to identify water­
                  catch, preserve and mount these and other fascinating           fowl, raptors and other species. Short hikes and easy
                  arthropods for decades of enjoyment. Explore the                viewing from the Museum bus make this an ideal trip for
                  possibilities of insect collecting in your own backyard.        both novice and seasoned birders.
                  Learn how to construct creative and economical traps           *Offered as an outing for educators and their friends or fami­
                  and devices, along with interesting preservation                lies. (Minimum age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.)
                  methods that will open up the world of entomology
                  to you and your students.

                  106 GOT ELK?
                  Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Haywood
                  County, NC
                  Friday, October 29 (depart Raleigh at 3:45 p.m.)–
                  Sunday, October 31, 2010
                  Cost: $75* (includes transportation, lodging, some meals)
                  Be a part of something magical in the Great Smoky
                  Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Join us as we
                  search for the majestic elk, reintroduced to the park
                  after an absence of over 200 years. We will join with
                  the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center
                  staff of Purchase Knob to sample activities used to doc­
                  ument the biodiversity of the GSMNP. Discover how
                  you can bring the excitement of field research into your
                 *The cost of this Trek is reduced due to a generous gift
                  through the Friends of the Smokies. Due to this reduction
                  of costs, Friends of the Museum member discounts are
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Educator Treks   (cont.)

                  YELLOWSTONE IN WINTER                                        110 CREATING INTERPRETIVE TRAILS
                  Yellowstone National Park, Montana and Wyoming
              Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh, NC

                  Thursday, January 13–Tuesday, January 18, 2011
              Saturday, April 2, 2011

                  (With an orientation at the Museum in Raleigh on
            10 a.m.–5 p.m.

                  Saturday, December 4, 2010)
                                 Cost: $40 (includes bluebird box and resource materials)

                  Cost: TBA (includes airfare from Raleigh to Bozeman,
        Join us at the Museum’s field station, Prairie Ridge, for a
                  Montana; ground transportation in Yellowstone; five
         day of exploration as we share ideas for creating learning
                  nights lodging in the Park; a snowcoach excursion; and 
     stations and nature trails in outdoor areas on school
                  snowshoe rental) 
                                           grounds and nature parks. See techniques for studying
                  Glimpse the spectacular natural wonders of America’s         animal populations including reptile and amphibian
                  first National Park and discover its charismatic inhabi­     cover boards, treefrog pipes, track boxes and bird houses.
                  tants — elk, wolves, bison and more. Explore the con­        Discover how to sample aquatic habitats, monitor bird
                  nections between Yellowstone and North Carolina and          feeding stations and learn about citizen science stations
                  discuss how to link your experiences to the classroom.       you can create. Take home ideas for creating outdoor
                  Via the Museum’s Web site, your students will be able        learning areas just in time for Earth Day celebrations.
                  follow our adventures in this winter paradise by read­
                  ing daily journals and viewing pictures of the incredi­      111 BUTTERFLY PINNING AND BACKYARD BUG

                  ble beauty and wildness that we experience.                  COLLECTING — SPRING
                 *Due to the popularity, expense and potentially extreme       N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC

                  conditions of this trek, we have instituted an application   Monday, April 18, 2011

                  process. For an application, contact Melissa Dowland at      4–6 p.m.

         or 919.733.7450 x613. No          Cost: $35 (includes insect resource manual, pinning board,

                  deposit is necessary until selections have been made.        butterfly display box, numerous exotic butterfly specimens)


                  Applications are due at the Museum by Friday, October        Work with Museum staff in the Naturalist Center to
                  22, 2010.                                                    prepare, pin and mount a variety of spectacular tropical
                                                                               butterflies. Learn the various techniques used to catch,
                                                                               preserve and mount these and other fascinating arthro­
                  Spring 2011 (March–May)                                      pods for decades of enjoyment. Explore the possibilities
                                                                               of insect collecting in your own backyard. Learn how to
                  109 PROJECT LEARNING TREE ENVIRONMENTAL                      construct creative and economical traps and devices,
                  EXPERIENCES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD —                            along with interesting preservation methods that will
                  SPRING                                                       open up the world of entomology to you and your
                  NC Museum of Forestry, Whiteville, NC                        students.
                  Saturday, April 2, 2011
                  9a.m.–3:30 p.m.
                  Cost: $20 (includes PLT activity guide and other
                  resource materials)
                  Day Care Credit: 6 hours
                  For preschool and elementary school teachers
                  The newly released Project Learning Tree
                  Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood guide
                  is designed specifically as a resource for educators that
                  work with early childhood audiences 3–5-years-of-age.
                  The guide integrates nature-based exploration, art,
                  music and movement, literature, math and outdoor
                  play into early childhood education programs. PLT
                  Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
                  encourages children to explore, discover and communi­
                  cate in expressive ways, and provides an introduction to
                  environmental education at a key developmental period
                  in children’s lives.

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Educator Treks   (cont.)

                                      112 SOUTH CAROLINA                        114 OYSTERS!
                                      COASTAL ADVENTURE                         Morehead City and Jones Island, NC
                                      Francis Beidler Forest, Francis           Friday, May 13–Sunday, May 15, 2011
                                      Marion National Forest, and               Cost: TBA (includes lodging, most meals, materials)
                                      Huntington Beach State Park, SC           Ever look for the perfect easily accessible organism to
                                      Friday, April 29 (depart Raleigh at       teach a variety of topics? Look no farther than the hum­
                                      3:45 pm)–Sunday, May 1, 2011              ble oyster! Join staff from the Museum, the North
                                      Cost: TBA (includes lodging,              Carolina Coastal Federation and the North Carolina
                                      transportation to and from Raleigh)       Department of Marine Fisheries to learn about this
                                      Join us as we savor the magic of          incredibly important part of our coastal ecosystem. We
                                      spring in some of South Carolina’s        will explore the natural history of the oyster, learn about
                                      most unique coastal natural areas.        and participate in restoration efforts and visit sites
                                      Our first day will be spent exploring     where oyster restoration is taking place. Of course we
                                      Francis Beidler Forest, an Audubon        will also have a chance to taste these delicacies!
                                      sanctuary containing the largest
                                      remaining old-growth cypress-             115 MUSIC ON THE RIVER
                                      tupelo swamp forest in the world.         New River State Park, Laurel Springs, NC

                                      This is excellent habitat for a variety   Saturday, May 21 (depart Raleigh at 7 am)–

                                      of birds such as Prothonotary             Sunday, May 22, 2011

                                      Warblers and Barred Owls as well as       Cost: TBA (includes transportation from Raleigh, canoes,

                                      a host of other wildlife. We then         some meals, basic camping gear)

                                      explore Francis Marion National           Canoe the New River, a National Wild and Scenic River
                                      Forest, a lush landscape of longleaf      in northwestern North Carolina. Look for spring wild­


                                      pine stands and wildlife-filled           flowers along the riverbanks, explore the lives of sala­
                                      swamps and marshes. The Forest            manders in and around the river and be immersed in
                                      spans nearly 259,000 acres and is         an exceptional river ecosystem. Bring an instrument,
                                      home to a variety of wildlife,            your voice or just your ears as we enjoy a campfire and
                                      including the endangered Red­             explore ways to use natural history themed music as
                                      cockaded woodpecker. We’ll finish         an educational tool. The Museum can provide most
                                      the weekend at one of the best            camping gear, but you will need a sleeping bag and pad.
                                      birding sites along the East Coast,
                                      Huntington Beach State Park. The
                                      park’s freshwater lagoon, salt marsh,
                                      maritime forest and beach are
                                                                                Educators of Excellence Institutes
                                      outstanding examples of the state’s
                                      natural coastal environment.              Since 1987, the Museum’s Educators of Excellence
                                     *Offered as an outing for educators
                                                                                Institutes have provided exceptional educators with staff
                                      and the general public. Minimum           development opportunities that transform the way they
                                      age of 18.                                view and teach natural sciences. Educators from across
                                                                                North Carolina have been inspired by their experiences
                  113 SPRING IN THE MOUNTAINS                                   in Belize, Ecuador and Yellowstone National Park.
                  Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 

                  Haywood County, NC
                                           In preparation for the opening of the Nature Research
                  Friday, May 6 (depart Raleigh at 3:45 pm)–
                   Center, the Museum will not be able to offer its regular
                  Sunday, May 8, 2011
                                          schedule of Institutes during the summer of 2011.
                  Cost: $75* (includes lodging, some meals and 
                For information about future Educators of Excellence
                  transportation to and from Raleigh)
                          Institutes, please visit
                  Great Smoky Mountains National Park is world-                 education/for-educators/educator-workshops/educators­
                  renowned for its diversity of wildflowers and salaman­        of-excellence-institutes.
                  ders. Explore cove forests and stream-side habitats for
                  salamanders as well as the blooms of spring such as
                  trillium, foamflower, mayapple and violets. Moderately
                  strenuous hiking is likely.
                 *The cost of this Trek is reduced due to a generous gift
                  through the Friends of the Smokies; therefore, Friends of
                  the Museum member discounts are unavailable.
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bar text Guides to the Museum
 Activity                                                                   Online Resources

                Curriculum-based exhibit activities from chaperone guides   Go to the Museum’s Web site and discover these great resources.
                to gallery activity guides can be downloaded from the
                Museum’s Web site,       MUSEUM FLOOR PLAN
                learning-resources. For more information, contact Barbara
                Beaman, coordinator of classroom programming, at            Download and print a floor plan of the Museum’s exhibits.
                919.733.7450 x610 or
                                                                            EDUCATOR MAILING LIST
                CHAPERONE GUIDES TO THE MUSEUM                    
                Grades K–12                                                 Join the Museum’s Educator Mailing List to stay up-to­
                These guides help relate Museum exhibits and                date on the Museum’s education offerings. You can also
                programs to student curricula. Guides can be down­          use this link to update your mailing information.
                loaded from the Museum’s Web site. Print one copy for
                each chaperone in your group.                               ONLINE ADVENTURES
                MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA EDUCATOR                               Throughout the year, Museum staff and North Carolina
                ACTIVITY GUIDE:                                             educators participate in field experiences that take them
                ANIMAL TRACKS AND SIGNS                                     to fascinating places, from Yellowstone to the New World
                Grades K–8                                                  tropics. Go online and join the adventures.
                From the spruce-fir forests on the tallest peaks of the
                Appalachian mountain range to the rich bottomland           LEARNING RESOURCES
                forests along the meandering rivers of the inner Coastal
                Plain, explore North Carolina’s diverse habitats and the    Access a variety of interesting and informative features,
                plants and animals they support. Includes a series of       from Museum Treasure Hunts to snake and bat
                related student activities. Available in hard copy and      FAQ pages.
                from the Museum’s Web site.

                                                                                                                                                                   EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
                                                                            ASK A NATURALIST
                                                                            Got a natural history question? Found an interesting
                                                                            rock, bone or feather you’d like identified? Send us a
                                                                            message and we’ll try to find an answer for you.

                                                                            WHAT TIME IS IT IN NATURE
                                                                            Read periodic journal entries from the staff at Prairie
                                                                            Ridge, the Museum’s field station located in west Raleigh.

                                                                            TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE
                                                                            Inspired by Richard Louv's book, The Last Child in the
                                                                            Woods, and endorsed by the North Carolina Department
                                                                            of Public Instruction, Take A Child Outside week,
                                                                            September 24–30, is designed to improve children’s
                                                                            learning, health and creativity by encouraging them to
                                                                            get outdoors. Visit where
                                                                            you will find:
                                                                            • a place to pledge to take a child outside and to
                                                                              record your outdoor experiences
                                                                            • a searchable list of outdoor activities for all ages
                                                                            • a map showing partner organizations who provide
                                                                              places you can take your students

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Friends of the Museum                                                   Educators of Excellence Fund

               Teachers who join Friends of the Museum receive          The Educators of Excellence Fund was
               regular membership benefits, plus special benefits       founded on the idea of empowering
               reserved just for you! For a membership application      educators by improving their teaching skills
               or more information, visit us online at                  and inspiring them to remain committed
      or call the           to the profession of teaching. The Fund:
               Friends at 919.733.7450 x350.
                                                                          • provides a stable funding source for the

               Membership Benefits
                                                                            Museum to continue and expand

                • Free or discounted admission to the Museum’s

                                                                            opportunities for experience-based

                  Special Exhibits Gallery

                                                                            teacher education;

                • Free admission to over 300 science museums

                                                                          • enables outstanding educators to experi­

                                                                            ence the natural world firsthand;

                • 10% discount at the Museum Store
                                                                          • teaches students about our many 

                • Discounts on Museum birthday parties

                                                                            ecological connections to the rest of the

                  (Family Membership and up)

                                                                            world by informing and empowering

                • Discounts and priority registration on Museum
                                                                            their teachers; and

                  summer camps (Family Membership and up)
                                                                          • maintains a network for exceptional

                • Discounts on most classes, workshops and trips
                                                                            educators across the state for support

                • Invitations to members-only events
                                                                            and continued learning.

                • Subscription to North Carolina Naturalist magazine
               Additional Teacher Benefits                              Support the Educators of Excellence Fund
                • 15% discount on most Educator Treks                   by participating in the Museum’s annual
                • 15% discount on Museum Store purchases 
              fundraising event, by making a tax-deductible contribu­
                  (additional 5% above regular membership)
             tion or by ordering a Hummingbirds in Winter product.

                                                                                                                                                               EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
               Financial information about the Friends of the Museum    Hummingbirds in Winter, by John Morgan Matyas, is
               and a copy of its license are available from the State   available in full color in two formats:
               Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919.733.4510. The         • As 5" x 7" note cards; boxed set of eight cards — $10
               license is not an endorsement by the state.                • As an 18" x 26" signed and numbered limited 

                                                                            edition print — $100

                                                                        Ordering information can be obtained by calling
                                                                        919.733.7450 x351.

                                                                        For more information contact Mary Ann Brittain,
                                                                        director of Prairie Ridge, at 919.733.7450 x675, or
                                                               The Educators of
                                                                        Excellence Fund is a program of the Friends of
                                                                        the Museum.


The Museum is located in downtown Raleigh, between the State Capitol and                 CAPITAL BLVD
the Legislative Building, at 11 West Jones Street. The main entrance faces the         INTO DOWNTOWN
Bicentennial Plaza pedestrian mall linking Jones and Edenton streets.

DIRECTIONS                                                                                                                                                         POLK
From the North or East:
  • Take the Capital Boulevard exit off I-440.
  • Follow the Capital Boulevard (Downtown) designation.
  • Continue south approximately two miles and turn left onto Jones Street.
  • Go three blocks. The Museum is on the right.                                                                                                                 NORTH

From the West or South:
  • Off I-40/I-440, take the S. Saunders Street exit (298-B).                                                                 LANE
  • Proceed north for two miles (S. Saunders turns into McDowell Street).
  • Turn right onto Jones Street.
  • Go two blocks. The Museum is on the right.

For more detailed directions to the Museum, please visit                                                                      JONES

Paid parking is available weekdays in several public parking decks within walking



distance of the Museum. Limited metered parking is available along Jones and

Edenton Streets. Parking is free and abundant on weekends.


Bus loading and unloading is available on Jones Street near the Museum entrance.

The bus parking area is located on the corner of Blount and Edenton Streets.

Overflow bus parking is available next to the North Carolina Museum of Art on
                               S SAUNDERS ST

Blue Ridge Road. For directions to the overflow bus parking area, visit the
                                INTO DOWNTOWN

Museum’s Web site at

For the most up-to-date information on bus parking, please visit the Museum’s
Web site at
                                                                                     NC Museum of Natural Sciences

                                                                                     Capital Area Visitor Services
                                                                                     (located in the NC Museum
                                                                                     of History)

                                                                                     Automobile Parking

                                                                                     Bicentennial Plaza

                                                                                     State Capitol

                                                                                     Legislative Building

                                                                                     Bus Parking

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