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  • Scientist Saturday in The Lab

    Feb 24th, 2018
    10:30am - 4:30pm
    Free With Admission | In The Lab

    Join scientists from Duke as we explore how Earth’s atmosphere affects the ocean and its creatures! Do experiments, ask questions, and explore practical earth sciences with:

    • Rebecca Lauzon – A Coastal Geomorphologist (that means she studies the evolution of coastal landscapes)
    • Colleen Bove – A Coral Ecologist (she studies ocean acidification and the warming effects on coral reefs)
    • Kim Drouin – A Physical Oceanographer (she studies the circulation of the South Atlantic Ocean.)

    About Ocean Acidification

    The world’s oceans play a vital role in keeping the Earth's carbon cycle in balance. As people add more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, the oceans respond by absorbing more CO2. When CO2 is absorbed by seawater, chemical reactions occur that reduce the pH of seawater, causing the water to become more acidic. These chemical reactions are called “ocean acidification.” Over the last few decades, the amount of CO2 dissolved in the ocean has increased all over the world, and so has ocean acidity. Increasing acidity is a problem because it reduces the availability of chemicals needed to make calcium carbonate, which corals, shellfish, some types of plankton, and other creatures rely on to produce their hard skeletons and shells.

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  • The Lab

    Feb 24th, 2018
    10:30am - 4:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday, 10:30am–2:30pm
    Sunday–Saturday, 10:30am–4:30pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    November 1-5 - Biomedical
    Come into The Lab and help us engineer improvements to medicine. We are looking at medicines from antacids to pill coatings. Can you find the best design?

    November 7-12 - Carnivorous Plants
    Explore the meat eaters of the plant world. Find out how they trap their prey and help us find out what makes the best digestive juices.

    November 14-19 - Sandy Shores
    Although we don’t always notice it, water has a major impact on the earth around us. Join us to learn about how water erosion shapes the world and use NC State’s Sand Box AR to virtually create your own waterways.

    November 20-26 - Salty Science
    Where does salt come from? Learn all about this amazing crystal by peering through microscopes and creating a painting to take home!

    November 27 - December 3 - Cranberry Chemistry
    Investigate the properties of this tart Thanksgiving treat by revealing secret messages and peering through microscopes!

    December 4-10 - Holiday Lights
    The holidays are here and that means lights! Create your own circuit of holiday lights and explore the combinations of ornaments you can make.

    December 11-17 - Cookie Chemistry
    Discover the science behind baking as we mix things up in the Lab! Let’s figure out how cakes and cookies can be so fluffy by brewing up a bubbling batch of chemical concoctions.

    December 18-31 - Holiday Labs [alternating]

    Holiday Tinkering
    Play and tinker in The Lab, holiday style! See they many ways you can create your own ornaments.

    Snow Science
    Let’s explore what makes snowflakes so unique! How do ice crystals compare to the crystals of other minerals? Get an up-close look at different crystals using our microscopes, then learn the chemistry behind real and fake snow!

    Warm in Winter
    How do you keep warm in the winter? What about different animals? In this lab, we'll use a calorimeter and a cold environment to investigate the ways that we stay nice and toasty. Build an experimental coat out of different fabrics, then look at real animal coats under the microscope!

    Arctic Architecture
    We will be building in the Lab today! Rise to the challenge and build igloos and gingerbread houses that will stand up to our tests.


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Feb 24th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:15am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


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  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Feb 24th, 2018
    11:30am - 11:35am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


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  • Meet the Keeper

    Feb 24th, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

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  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Feb 24th, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

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  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Feb 24th, 2018
    2:30pm - 2:35pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Feb 24th, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Farmyard Up Close

    Feb 24th, 2018
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. You might even get a chance to help the Keepers give some of the animals their evening meal!

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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  • The Lab

    Feb 25th, 2018
    10:30am - 4:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday, 10:30am–2:30pm
    Sunday–Saturday, 10:30am–4:30pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    November 1-5 - Biomedical
    Come into The Lab and help us engineer improvements to medicine. We are looking at medicines from antacids to pill coatings. Can you find the best design?

    November 7-12 - Carnivorous Plants
    Explore the meat eaters of the plant world. Find out how they trap their prey and help us find out what makes the best digestive juices.

    November 14-19 - Sandy Shores
    Although we don’t always notice it, water has a major impact on the earth around us. Join us to learn about how water erosion shapes the world and use NC State’s Sand Box AR to virtually create your own waterways.

    November 20-26 - Salty Science
    Where does salt come from? Learn all about this amazing crystal by peering through microscopes and creating a painting to take home!

    November 27 - December 3 - Cranberry Chemistry
    Investigate the properties of this tart Thanksgiving treat by revealing secret messages and peering through microscopes!

    December 4-10 - Holiday Lights
    The holidays are here and that means lights! Create your own circuit of holiday lights and explore the combinations of ornaments you can make.

    December 11-17 - Cookie Chemistry
    Discover the science behind baking as we mix things up in the Lab! Let’s figure out how cakes and cookies can be so fluffy by brewing up a bubbling batch of chemical concoctions.

    December 18-31 - Holiday Labs [alternating]

    Holiday Tinkering
    Play and tinker in The Lab, holiday style! See they many ways you can create your own ornaments.

    Snow Science
    Let’s explore what makes snowflakes so unique! How do ice crystals compare to the crystals of other minerals? Get an up-close look at different crystals using our microscopes, then learn the chemistry behind real and fake snow!

    Warm in Winter
    How do you keep warm in the winter? What about different animals? In this lab, we'll use a calorimeter and a cold environment to investigate the ways that we stay nice and toasty. Build an experimental coat out of different fabrics, then look at real animal coats under the microscope!

    Arctic Architecture
    We will be building in the Lab today! Rise to the challenge and build igloos and gingerbread houses that will stand up to our tests.


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Feb 25th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:15am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


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  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Feb 25th, 2018
    11:30am - 11:35am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


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  • Meet the Keeper

    Feb 25th, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

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  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Feb 25th, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

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  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Feb 25th, 2018
    2:30pm - 2:35pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Feb 25th, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Farmyard Up Close

    Feb 25th, 2018
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. You might even get a chance to help the Keepers give some of the animals their evening meal!

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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  • The Lab

    Feb 27th, 2018
    10:30am - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday, 10:30am–2:30pm
    Sunday–Saturday, 10:30am–4:30pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    Jan 30–Feb 4 — Floating and Sinking
    Explore how objects float or sink. Use your best engineering skills to tackle the problem of buoyancy.

    Feb 6–Feb 11 — Surface Tension
    Break into this week’s lab that is all about surface tension! Discover how some animals can walk across water, and test to see if you can help water defy gravity.

    Feb 13–Feb 18 — Glowing Oceans
    Dive into a week of ocean experiments in The Lab! Play and learn with the glowing creatures of the deep sea.

    Feb 20–Feb 25 — Ocean Acidification — Scientist Saturday
    Join us as we explore how Earth’s atmosphere affects the ocean and its creatures.

    • On Saturday we will have scientists from Duke join us to facilitate and talk to guests about their research in Oceanography.

     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Feb 27th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:15am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


    More Details
  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Feb 27th, 2018
    11:30am - 11:35am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


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  • Meet the Keeper

    Feb 27th, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

    More Details
  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Feb 27th, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

    More Details
  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Feb 27th, 2018
    2:30pm - 2:35pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Feb 27th, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Farmyard Up Close

    Feb 27th, 2018
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. You might even get a chance to help the Keepers give some of the animals their evening meal!

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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  • The Lab

    Feb 28th, 2018
    10:30am - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Tuesday–Friday, 10:30am–2:30pm
    Sunday–Saturday, 10:30am–4:30pm
    Visit The Lab exhibit page.

    Jan 30–Feb 4 — Floating and Sinking
    Explore how objects float or sink. Use your best engineering skills to tackle the problem of buoyancy.

    Feb 6–Feb 11 — Surface Tension
    Break into this week’s lab that is all about surface tension! Discover how some animals can walk across water, and test to see if you can help water defy gravity.

    Feb 13–Feb 18 — Glowing Oceans
    Dive into a week of ocean experiments in The Lab! Play and learn with the glowing creatures of the deep sea.

    Feb 20–Feb 25 — Ocean Acidification — Scientist Saturday
    Join us as we explore how Earth’s atmosphere affects the ocean and its creatures.

    • On Saturday we will have scientists from Duke join us to facilitate and talk to guests about their research in Oceanography.

     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Feb 28th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:15am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


    More Details
  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Feb 28th, 2018
    11:30am - 11:35am
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


    More Details
  • Meet the Keeper

    Feb 28th, 2018
    2:00pm - 2:30pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Meet our team of animal keepers and learn more about our Explore the Wild animals. Program themes and location rotate weekly between black bears, lemurs, and red wolves exhibits. 


     

    More Details
  • Meet the Insect Keeper

    Feb 28th, 2018
    2:30pm - 3:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us as our Insect Keepers feed giant spiders, poison dart frogs, and other predators devour their daily meal in the Bayer Insectarium.

    This program starts promptly at 2:30 pm! 


     

    More Details
  • Crash Test Demonstrations

    Feb 28th, 2018
    2:30pm - 2:35pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    See a real-time demonstration of the the difference a seatbelt and booster seat make for passenger safety. Watch the effects of a car crash on a dummy in a simulated car interior then view the impact in more detail at our slow motion station. Crash test demonstrations are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30am and 2:30pm


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    Feb 28th, 2018
    3:00pm - 3:15pm
    Free with Admission

    What to Expect

    Join us for daily butterfly releases into the Magic Wings Butterfly House conservatory and meet our Lepidopterist, a scientist who studies butterflies. You'll also enjoy an up-close look as newly emerged butterflies are released into the conservatory daily.

    Butterfly Releases occur daily at 11am and 3pm.

    This program starts promptly at 11:00 am and 3:00pm! 


     

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  • Farmyard Up Close

    Feb 28th, 2018
    4:30pm - 5:00pm
    Free With Admission

    What to Expect

    Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life! Chat with Animal Keepers about what it’s like to care for our animals and watch as they prepare The Farmyard for the night. You might even get a chance to help the Keepers give some of the animals their evening meal!

    The Farmyard Up Close Program occurs daily at 4:30pm, except for Thursdays. 


     

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