Explore Outdoors: Family Workshops

03/24/2018, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

$10 per adult | $5 per child map


Session 1: Discover Nature’s Toy Store

Building, creating and playing with natural materials

Date: Friday, March 23 or Saturday, March 24
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.

Registration for Friday's Session Here

Registration for Saturday's Session Here

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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

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 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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