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  • Explore Outdoors: Family Workshops

    May 26th, 2018
    10:00am - 11:30am
    Sold Out!

    Session 3: Dig In

    Exploring water, sand and clay

    Date: This event has been rescheduled for Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26.
    Time: 10:00am — 11:30am

    The Museum of Life and Science invites you to deepen your family’s relationship with nature. Through a series of active, play-based workshops, you and your child will discover new ways of connecting to the natural world and each other. Create and build with natural materials, hunt for nature’s treasures, and explore secluded, off-trail areas at the Museum and the adjacent Ellerbe Creek. Parents and caregivers will gain experience supporting independent and creative play, and go home with resources to enrich experiences in their own backyard or park. The Museum is honored to present this workshop thanks to a grant from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, funded with support from the Disney Foundation. These workshops can be taken individually or as a series of three. Register for all three workshops and get a free Explore Outdoors kit to take home! Friday workshops are recommended for children ages 3-6 years with a caregiver. Saturday workshops are recommended for children ages 5-8 years with a caregiver. We kindly request that each adult accompanies a maximum of two children.

    All spots have been sold. Keep a check on the calendar for more nature play workshops!


    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    How do I Register?
    To register for the Explore Outdoors Family Workshops, click on the button that says “Register Here”. If you are experiencing trouble with registering or do not have access to a computer, please call our Reservations Staff at (919) 220-5429 ext. 313, Monday thru Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm.

    When can I register for the Explore Outdoors Family Workshops?
    Registration opens Tuesday, February 13 at 9:00 am.

    Is there a cancellation policy?
    The Museum can grant refunds only when received by the end of business the Friday the week before the session. After the Friday the week before the workshops, we are not able to process any refunds. You may cancel your registration by calling the Museum at (919) 220-5429 ext. 313, Monday thru Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm.

    Are you able to accommodate my child with allergies and/or special needs?
    The Museum is committed to a full and equal opportunity for participants to enjoy the workshop experience and reasonable modifications will be considered. If your child has any specific considerations you’d like to discuss, please contact the Program Coordinator directly at trish.lemm@lifeandscience.org.

    What should we wear and bring?
    We recommend you bring a water bottle and clothing appropriate for messy, outdoor play including closed-toe shoes. Rain boots or waders are strongly recommended for the Dig In: Exploring water, sand and clay workshop. Boots may be available for loan. Contact the program coordinator at trish.lemm@lifeandscience.org at least one week prior to the workshop if you are interested.

    I’m coming to an Explore Outdoors Family Workshop with my older child. Can I bring a younger sibling in a stroller/baby carrier?
    Younger siblings are allowed, however keep in mind that adults will spend parts of the workshop participating in discussions and group activities which may be difficult with toddlers or babies. Additionally, we will be exploring natural areas off the main trails of the Museum which are not suitable for strollers. All children 3 years and older will need to register for the workshop.

    Is this program impacted by inclement weather?
    Workshops will still take place in the event of light rain. In the case of severe weather, the Museum will contact you with cancellation or rescheduling information.

    Can I change workshop dates/time?
    You can change your registration up to the end of business the Wednesday before the workshop. After the Wednesday before the workshop we are not able to process any changes. Changes are based on availability and can be made by calling the Museum at (919) 220-5429 ext. 313, Monday thru Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm. Availability is not guaranteed.

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  • The Lab

    May 26th, 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.

    April 30–May 6 — Fossils 
    Rocks are all around us, but they are not always what they seem. Join us in The Lab and discover ancient objects left behind by animals and plants.

    May 7–May 13 — Nature Play
    Nature is all around us, so it is easy to forget about the benefits. The air, the plants, and the animals all have benefits to our health! Play with nature and discover how getting a little bit of dirt under your nails can make a big difference. May 12th we will be joined by Raquel Silva, a scientist who studies the health benefits of time spent in nature.

    May 14–May 20 — Geology Rocks
    Dig deep into geology! Identify different rocks by their surprising behaviors and discover what everyday objects are made out of rocks and minerals

    May 21–May 27 — Ocean's Motions
    Dive into a day of ocean experiments to learn how land and water interact on Earth. Explore the properties of density and discover the difference between salty and fresh water.

    May 28–June 3 — Navigating the Wild
    Get wild in The Lab as we test our navigational skills and practice our balance by making cairns!

    June 4–June 10 — Unstable Ground
    Natural disasters devastate both natural habitats and man-made structures every year. Join us to learn about earthquakes, then design and build yoru own earthquake-proof marshmallow building!


     

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  • Butterfly Release

    May 26th, 2018
    11:00am - 11:05am
    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

    May 26th, 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

    May 26th, 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

    May 26th, 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

    May 26th, 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

    May 26th, 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

    May 26th, 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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