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Sunday, December 17
Name Time Location
Behind the Scenes with an Animal Keeper 9:00am - 10:00am Members: $25 | General Public: $45
The Lab 10:30am - 4:30pm Free With Admission
Butterfly Release 11:00am - 11:05am Free With Admission
Crash Test Demonstrations 11:30am - 11:35am Free With Admission
Meet the Keeper 2:00pm - 2:30pm Free With Admission
Meet the Insect Keeper 2:30pm - 3:00pm Free With Admission
Crash Test Demonstrations 2:30pm - 2:35pm Free With Admission
Butterfly Release 3:00pm - 3:15pm Free with Admission
Farmyard Up Close 4:30pm - 5:00pm Free With Admission
  • Behind the Scenes with an Animal Keeper

    Dec 17th, 2017
    9:00am - 10:00am
    Members: $25 | General Public: $45

    Enjoy these special behind-the-scenes tours with:

    An Animal Keeper

    Ever wonder what our veterinary room looks like or why we feed our animals frozen mice instead of live ones? Join an Animal Keeper for a behind-the-scenes peek into the Animal Department Support Hall to find out!

    Tickets are available up to 72 hours prior to the tour start time. To check availability within 72 hours, please call 919-220-5429 x 313 Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm

    Go Behind the Scenes with an Animal Keeper - Available Dates
    • Sunday, December 17th @ 11am
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    2018 dates coming soon! 

    Tours are for attendees ages 5 and up.

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  • The Lab

    Dec 17th, 2017
    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

    Dec 17th, 2017
    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

    Dec 17th, 2017
    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

    Dec 17th, 2017
    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

    Dec 17th, 2017
    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

    Dec 17th, 2017
    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

    Dec 17th, 2017
    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

    Dec 17th, 2017
    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

    Dec 19th, 2017
    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.

    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

    Dec 19th, 2017
    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

    Dec 19th, 2017
    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

    Dec 19th, 2017
    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

    Dec 19th, 2017
    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

    Dec 19th, 2017
    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

    Dec 19th, 2017
    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

    Dec 19th, 2017
    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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Members receive UNLIMITED admission all year long!