Non-School Group

 

84 acres of wonder for your whole group to explore!

Whether you're a big family or have lots of friends ready for a new science experience, we're ready to accomodate your group for a full day of hands-on memory-making at a special rate.

Who qualifies for the Non-school group rate?

Groups with 10 or more paying individuals who make a reservation at least 48-hours (two weeks preferred) in advance of visiting qualify for our discounted group rate of $10* per person.

Head to Step 2 to begin your reservation request!

*Subject to 7.5% sales tax on admission fees

 
Step 2: View Museum Programs

Enhance your Museum visit through scientific investigations, hands-on experiments, and encounters with live animals with one of our interactive programs.

These programs are active until May 30th, 2017. No offsite programs will be available from June 12, 2017 through August 25, 2017. Fees and availability of programs are subject to change.

Program Options:

 

Animal Encounter (Grades K–8)

Meet the animals that live behind-the-scenes at the Museum with a hands-on animal encounter. Customize your program by selecting from our program animal collection below. We'll travel to your school or meet you at the Museum!

Create a custom program by selecting any 4 animals below
Reptiles Invertebrates Mammals Amphibians 
American Alligator Atlas Rhino Beetle Chinchilla Tiger Salamander
Ball Python House Cricket Ferret Marine Toad*
Bearded Dragon Giant African or Asian Millipede Opossum  
Box Turtle Giant Prickly Stick Rabbit  
Corn Snake Madagascar Hissing Cockroach  Birds  
Red-Eared Slider Turtle Rose-Hair Tarantula Blue Jay  
Painted Turtle Vietnamese Walking Stick Red-Tailed Hawk*   
Crested Gecko   Chicken  
Pine Snake      
       
*Available at the Museum only. • Animal choices are subject to availability.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: Yes
  Available At Your Location & the Museum: Yes
  Standards Strand: Structures and Functions of Living Organisms


 

LEGO® Robotics (Grades K–5)

Tinker with the LEGO’s® WeDo Construction Set in order to build and program LEGO® models featuring working motors and sensors. Whistle, clap, boom! Sound effects will fill the room when students start their music machine program. Construct a spinning sculpture and collaborate in writing a program to control how it moves.

90-minute: Let the LEGO® learning continue in this 90-minute program that takes tinkering and computer programming to the next level. Get everything in the 50-minute program PLUS your class will build and program their very own animal robots with a behavioral adaptation.

  Program Length: 50 minutes; 90 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students; $260 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location & the Museum: Yes
  Standards Strand: Forces and Motion


 

StarLab (Grades K–8)

Immerse yourselves in a universe of wonder as we journey through the solar system. Brace yourselves as you blast off from Earth and take in the view of above. Rotate from day into night and watch the moon wax and wane right before your eyes. Travel to the outer reaches of our galaxy, stopping only to take a closer look at each planet circling our sun. Marvel at the night sky and consider what inspired the stories behind the constellations.

StarLab requires a quiet, indoor space large enough to accommodate its 11-foot height and 40-foot diameter.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location & the Museum: Yes
  Standards Strand: Earth and the Universe


 

Butterfly Lifecycles (Grades K–3)

Fly high into the world of butterflies with this immersive insect experience. Cycle through life stages from pupae to butterfly and examine the symmetry of these flying gems. Finally, take a trip to Magic Wings Butterfly House to search for butterflies with clear wings and see a wall full of pupa - including some as big as your thumb! Your students will even get to take home a special butterfly wing specimen to remember all they’ve learned!

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Ecosystems; Structures and Functions of Living Organisms


 

Pushes and Pulls (Grades K–2)

We’re building our way through the concepts of force and motion in this hands-on program! With the help of our expert educator, your class will enjoy private access to our creative building exhibit, Contraptions. We’ll put your students’ minds and bodies in motion as they create and test structures that push, pull, roll, and launch. Keep the momentum of your students’ curiosity going with a visit from live program animals that move in unique ways.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: Yes
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Forces and Motion


 

Wetland Lifecycles (Grades K–2)

Who says nature has to stay outside? We’ll take a look below the surface of freshly-collected wetlands water as students observe and identify macroinvertebrates and investigate our collection of animal artifacts. We’ll bring the wetlands indoors with a visit from live program animals that make their home in this unique environment.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: 50-minute: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: Yes
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Ecosystems; Structures and Functions of Living Organisms


 

Soil Science (Grades 1–3)

Your students will delight in our fully-equipped laboratory, Chemlab, that will provide the ideal environment for soil exploration. We’ll examine diverse earth materials with the same tools professional geologists use. Experiments testing water filtration and retention in soil will challenge your students to stretch their earth science knowledge. Finally, we’ll put our senses and skills of observation to the test to identify different types of minerals found in our soil samples.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Earth Systems


 

Investigate Sound (Grades 2–5)

Your students will challenge their sonar smarts with a variety of hands-on sound activities in our fully-equipped lab environment, Chemlab. We’ll position our microphones to record and realize how sound waves interact with the world around us. Clicks, claps, and whispers will provide the data we need to compare decibel levels of everyday noises.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Forces and Motion


 

Weather (Grades 2–5)

Rain or shine, we’ll use instruments just like professional meteorologists in this hands-on program all about weather. Step outside to measure wind speed, precipitation, and more and then compare our data to weather stations around the Triangle. Finally, your class will experience a moment of wonder as they conjure a cloud they can hold in their hands.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Earth Systems, Structures and Processes


 

Chemical Reactions (Grades 3–5)

Grab your safety goggles and experiment with solids, liquids, and gases in our laboratory, Chemlab. Your scientists-in-training will manipulate changes in temperature, pH, and then analyze what happens after a chemical reaction. Can mass really not be created nor destroyed? We’ll prove it with a hands-on experiment followed by a liquid nitrogen demonstration.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Matter: Properties and Change


 

Circuits and Magnets (Grades 3–5)

Make sure your brains are fully charged before this program! Tinker with electromagnets and MaKey MaKey technology to explore how magnetism and electricity produce motion. The feeling in the room will be electric as your students create different circuit combinations, hold a magnet car race, and team up to engineer a scribblebot.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Energy: Conservation and Transfer


 

Force and Motion (Grades 3–8)

This program is all about physics in motion! We’ll experiment with everyday forces as we send a sail car skimming down a low-friction track and measure its speed with our Vernier motion sensors. For each trial, we’ll observe how force and motion work together and create position/time graphs using our LoggerLite software.

90-minute: In our extended 90-minute Force and Motion program, we’re exploring sailing on land AND sea! This program includes everything in our 50-minute program PLUS private access to the Museum’s 5,000 square-foot sailboat pond where your class will love applying physics concepts learned in the classroom to our steerable fleet of sailboats. The outdoor component of this program is subject to change in the event of inclement weather.

180-minute: In our 180-minute Force and Motion program, be immersed in a day of physics fun that’s fully facilitated by a Museum educator. Start with a special program all about wind power before heading out to conduct physics tests at our 5,000 square-foot sailboat pond reserved just for you! Enjoy lunch in a private area just for your class where we’ll watch a video about DIY sailcars large enough for passengers. Finally, enjoy our 50-minute program where we’ll chart our progress by comparing speeds and graphing the motion of each sailcar. The outdoor component of this program is subject to change in the event of inclement weather.

  Program Length: 50 minutes; 90-minutes; 180-minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students; $260 per 30 students; $450 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Forces and Motion


 

Geology (Grades 4–6)

Take a seat in our fully-equipped laboratory, Chemlab, and dive into the diverse world of minerals. Using samples from the Museum’s mineral collection, your students will analyze and test for mineral properties with the help of an ID test kit. We’ll dig into a geological map of North Carolina to identify which sample comes from which region of the state. You might even find a mineral that holds artifacts from millions of years ago and can be found on our Museum campus!

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Earth Systems


 

Species Conservation (Grades 4–8)

Did you know the Museum is home to two endangered Red Wolves? Share the importance of animal conservation with your class as we learn about the Red Wolf Recovery program. We’ll test for genetic traits, find out how professionals use genetics to improve the Red Wolf population, and even replicate the choosing of breeding pairs with the “wolf dating game”.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Ecosystems; Structures and Functions of Living Organisms; Evolution and Genetics


 

Wetland Ecology (Grades 5–8)

Everything is connected - especially in our Museum wetlands. Using wetlands water samples, we’ll test for water quality with a variety of hands-on tools and observe and identify macroinvertebrates that survive in these conditions. Experiment with our Enviroscape in a hands-on, interactive demonstration of the sources and effects of water pollution. We’ll bring the wetlands indoors with animal artifacts and a visit from live program animals that make their home in this unique environment.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: Yes
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Ecosystems; Structures and Functions of Living Organisms


 

Simple Machines (Grades 5–8)

We’ll challenge your students’ creativity as they enjoy the resources of our fully stocked Contraptions exhibit space to reveal the power of simple machines. Construct pulley systems and use Vernier force sensors to calculate mechanical advantage. Visualize the transfer of energy across the room as your students gear up for a chain reaction challenge.

  Program Length: 50 minutes
  Cost: $195 per 30 students
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Forces and Motion


 
Step 3: 2016–2017 Pricing
Museum Admission Only

84-acres of wonder, curiosity, and exploration—all at your fingertips!
Admission$10 per person
Total Trip Cost: Admission

50-Minute Program

Bite-sized science leaving your group plenty of time to explore—includes 46% discount on your admission!
Program Cost: $195 per 30 students
Admission: $4.30 per person
Total Trip Cost: Program Cost + Admission

90-Minute Program

Teacher favorites with extras that can't be contained by a 50-minute program—includes 46% discount on your admission!
Program Cost: $260 per 30 students
Admission: $4.30 per person
Total Trip Cost: Program Cost + Admission

180-Minute Program

An immersive experience plus a 20-minute lunch and learn session—includes Museum admission!
Program Cost: $450 per 30 students
Total Trip Cost: Program Cost

Train Tickets

Train Tickets are purchased at check-in, based on availability.
Ticket Cost: $5 per person


The Fine Print:

Advance registration is required for all group and program reservations. Two weeks' notice is required notice for all program reservations; 48-hour notice is required for self-guided trips. Admission fees are subject to change without notice and are subject to 7.5% sales tax.

 
Step 4: Make a Reservation Request
 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All changes and/or cancellations of education programs must be made at least two weeks in advance of the visit date. Failure to notify the Museum at least two weeks in advance will result in a $50 cancellation fee per program. Notification of cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to: reservations@ncmls.org.

 
Additional Planning Resources
 

Before your visit, we recommend you check out the resources below to best prepare for your day of adventure:

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