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Schoolhouse Classes

Winter and Spring 2022 Schedule

Winter 2022: 5 Weeks, January 26 – February 23

LEGO Space Explorers (5 – 10)
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Blast through our solar system (and beyond!) in this LEGO class. We’ll learn how scientists explore space, work as a team to design and build rovers with LEGO WeDo kits and glimpse the cosmos in our portable StarLab planetarium. We’ll also use kid-friendly programming tools to learn how to remotely control our rovers!
Register for LEGO Space Explorers

Spring 2022: 10 Weeks, March 1 – May 13 (no class March 28 – April 1)

Investigate: Outdoor Artists (ages 5 – 9)
Tuesdays, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Make and create with us in this exploration of natural materials! Learn the science and history behind how humans utilize materials from the earth. Weave and sew textiles, shape and fire clay, and paint with natural dyes over our 10 weeks together as Outdoor Artists!
Register for Investigate: Outdoor Artists

Ellerbe Expedition (ages 10 – 13)
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Take your learning outside! In this all-outdoor class, you guide the discussion and the experiments. Each semester focuses on different topics but can range from wildlife biology and botany to earth science and stream conservation. Not only will your curiosity grow, but you will be empowered to find the answers. Each day brings a new adventure and a new opportunity to discover the answers in nature.
Register for Ellerbe Expedition

Nature Explorers (ages 5 – 9)
Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ready for an outdoor adventure? Get up-close and personal with the natural environment connecting the Museum to the Ellerbe Creek! This class taps into curiosity through the use of observation, discussion, and unique projects. Topics include wildlife biology, botany, earth science or engineering and design! You’ll become an expert in foraging, refining natural materials, shelter building, and more!
Register for Tuesday Nature Explorers
Register for Friday Nature Explorers

Project Imagine: Fuel of the Future (ages 5 – 9)
Fridays, 12:30 am – 2:30 pm
Harness the powers of earth, water, fire, and air as we explore renewable energies! Build a solar oven, design a windmill, and deploy a water wheel onto Ellerbe Creek in this 10-week investigation of the technologies that will power our future!
Register for Project Imagine

Museum Conservationists (ages 5 – 10)
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Calling all young conservationists! Learn how we care for the land the Museum occupies in this project-based exploration of our (local) natural world. Meet with our Museum Team to learn more about our on-campus wetlands, many pollinator gardens, and red wolf conservation plan. Your student will become a citizen scientist and conservationist during this 10-week class!
Register for Museum Conservationists

Please email museumschoolhouse@lifeandscience.org with any questions or concerns, and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Prices and Booking

Class prices are generally $10 per hour of instruction for Museum members. Prices for non-members are slightly higher.

A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. Payment in full is due five weeks prior to the first day of class.

If you have questions, please call 919.220.5429, x352 or Email

Changes and Cancellations

The Museum can grant refunds and perform session changes only when received five weeks before the class begins. There is a $50 cancellation fee for each class and a $30 fee for session changes.

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