Non-School Group

 

84 acres of wonder for your whole group to explore!

Whether you're a big family or have lots of friends ready for a new science experience, we're ready to accomodate your group for a full day of hands-on memory-making at a special rate.

Special Event Coming This Fall 2017: STEM DAYS

Who qualifies for the Non-school group rate?

Groups with 10 or more paying individuals who make a reservation at least 48-hours (two weeks preferred) in advance of visiting qualify for our discounted group rate of $12* per person.
*Subject to 7.5% sales tax on admission fees

Head to Step 2 to begin your reservation request!

 
Step 2: View Museum Programs

Enhance your Museum visit through scientific investigations, hands-on experiments, and encounters with live animals with one of our interactive programs.

These programs are active until May 30th, 2017. No onsite programs will be available from June 12, 2017 through August 25, 2017. Fees and availability of programs are subject to change.

To book a program at your location click here. 

Available in 30 minute program and/or 50 minute program
Program at your location or at the Museum

Program Options:

 

Animal Encounter (Grades Pre-K–8)

Meet the animals that live behind-the-scenes at the Museum with a hands-on animal encounter. Customize your program by selecting from our program animal collection below. We'll travel to your school or meet you at the Museum!

If you choose a 30 minute program, we will choose a specific mammal and reptile based on availability. 

Create a custom 50 minute program by selecting any 4 animals below
Reptiles Invertebrates Mammals Amphibians 
  Atlas Rhino Beetle Chinchilla Tiger Salamander
Ball Python Leaf Insect Ferret Marine Toad*
Bearded Dragon Asian Millipede Opossum  
Box Turtle Giant Prickly Stick Rabbit  
Corn Snake Madagascar Hissing Cockroach  Birds  
Red-Eared Slider Turtle Rose-Hair Tarantula Blue Jay  
Painted Turtle Vietnamese Walking Stick Red-Tailed Hawk*   
Crested Gecko Giant Stag Beetle Chicken  
Pine Snake Tobacco Horn Worm    
  Whip Scorpion    
*Available at the Museum only. • Animal choices are subject to availability.

  Program Length: 30 min/program or 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: Yes
  Available At Your School and the Museum: Yes
  Standards Strand: Structures and Functions of Living Organisms; Ecosystems


 

StarLab (Grades K–8)

Immerse yourselves in a universe of wonder as we journey through the solar system. Brace yourselves as you blast off from Earth and take in the view of above. Rotate from day into night and watch the moon wax and wane right before your eyes. Travel to the outer reaches of our galaxy, stopping only to take a closer look at each planet circling our sun. Marvel at the night sky and consider what inspired the stories behind the constellations.

StarLab requires a quiet, indoor space large enough to accommodate its 11-foot height and 40-foot diameter.

  Program Length: 30 min/program or 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your School and the Museum: Yes
  Standards Strand: Earth in the Universe


 

Pushes and Pulls (Grades K–4)

We’re building our way through the concepts of force and motion in this hands-on program! With the help of our expert educator, your class will enjoy private access to our creative building exhibit, Contraptions. We’ll put your students’ minds and bodies in motion as they create and test structures that push, pull, roll, and launch.

With a 50 minute program keep the momentum of your students’ curiosity going with a visit from live program animals that move in unique ways.

  Program Length: 30 min/program or 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: Yes
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Forces and Motion


 

STEM Design Challenge (Grades K–8)

Hands on, minds on! Experience the engineering design process first-hand by tackling a STEM-themed challenge. Your class will engage in a unique problem-solving session; such as designing a sail for a LEGO® sail-car, or constructing a robot that can scribble!

  Program Length: 30 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand:Forces and Motion


 

LEGO® Robotics (Grades K–5)

Tinker with the LEGO’s® WeDo Construction Set in order to build and program LEGO® models featuring working motors and sensors. Whistle, clap, boom! Sound effects will fill the room when students start their music machine program. Construct a spinning sculpture and collaborate in writing a program to control how it moves.

  Program Length: 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your School and the Museum: Yes
  Standards Strand: Forces and Motion


Butterfly Lifecycles (Grades Pre-K–2)

Fly high into the world of butterflies with this immersive insect experience. Cycle through life stages from pupae to butterfly and examine the symmetry of these flying gems. Finally, take a trip to Magic Wings Butterfly House to search for butterflies with clear wings and see a wall full of pupa - including some as big as your thumb! Your students will even get to take home a special butterfly wing specimen to remember all they’ve learned!

  Program Length: 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Ecosystems; Structures and Functions of Living Organisms


 

Wetland Lifecycles (Grades 2–4)

Who says nature has to stay outside? We’ll take a look below the surface of freshly-collected wetlands water as students observe and identify macroinvertebrates and investigate our collection of animal artifacts. We’ll bring the wetlands indoors with a visit from live program animals that make their home in this unique environment.

  Program Length: 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: Yes
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Ecosystems; Structures and Functions of Living Organisms


 

Soil Science (Grades 1–3)

Your students will delight in our fully-equipped laboratory, Chemlab, that will provide the ideal environment for soil exploration. We’ll examine diverse earth materials with the same tools professional geologists use. Experiments testing water filtration and retention in soil will challenge your students to stretch their earth science knowledge. Finally, we’ll put our senses and skills of observation to the test to identify different types of minerals found in our soil samples.

  Program Length: 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes


 

Investigate Sound (Grades 2–5)

Your students will challenge their sonar smarts with a variety of hands-on sound activities in our fully-equipped lab environment, Chemlab. We’ll position our microphones to record and realize how sound waves interact with the world around us. Clicks, claps, and whispers will provide the data we need to compare decibel levels of everyday noises.

  Program Length: 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Energy: Conservation and Transfer; Forces and Motion


 

Weather (Grades 2–5)

Rain or shine, we’ll use instruments just like professional meteorologists in this hands-on program all about weather. Step outside to measure wind speed, precipitation, and more and then compare our data to weather stations around the Triangle. Finally, your class will experience a moment of wonder as they conjure a cloud they can hold in their hands.

  Program Length: 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Earth Systems, Structures and Processes; Matter, Properties and Change


 

Chemical Reactions (Grades 3–5)

Grab your safety goggles and experiment with solids, liquids, and gases in our laboratory, Chemlab. Your scientists-in-training will manipulate changes in temperature, pH, and then analyze what happens after a chemical reaction. Can mass really not be created nor destroyed? We’ll prove it with a hands-on experiment followed by a liquid nitrogen demonstration.

  Program Length: 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Energy: Conservation and Transfer; Matter, Properties and Change


 

Circuits and Magnets (Grades 3–5)

Make sure your brains are fully charged before this program! Tinker with electromagnets and MaKey MaKey technology to explore how magnetism and electricity produce motion. The feeling in the room will be electric as your students create different circuit combinations, hold a magnet car race, and team up to engineer a scribblebot.

  Program Length: 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Energy: Conservation and Transfer; Forces and Motion


 

Force and Motion (Grades 3–8)

This program is all about physics in motion! We’ll experiment with everyday forces as we send a sail car skimming down a low-friction track and measure its speed with our Vernier motion sensors. For each trial, we’ll observe how force and motion work together and create position/time graphs using our LoggerLite software.

  Program Length: 50 minutes/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Forces and Motion


 

Geology (Grades 4–6)

Take a seat in our fully-equipped laboratory, Chemlab, and dive into the diverse world of minerals. Using samples from the Museum’s mineral collection, your students will analyze and test for mineral properties with the help of an ID test kit. We’ll dig into a geological map of North Carolina to identify which sample comes from which region of the state. You might even find a mineral that holds artifacts from millions of years ago and can be found on our Museum campus!

  Program Length: 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Matter: Properties and Change; Earth Systems, Structures and Processes


 

Species Conservation (Grades 4–8)

Did you know the Museum is home to two endangered Red Wolves and their pups? Share the importance of animal conservation with your class as we learn about the Red Wolf Recovery program. We’ll test for genetic traits, find out how professionals use genetics to improve the Red Wolf population, and even replicate the choosing of breeding pairs with the “wolf dating game”.

  Program Length: 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Ecosystems; Structures and Functions of Living Organisms; Evolution and Genetics


 

Wetland Ecology (Grades 5–8)

Everything is connected - especially in our Museum wetlands. Using wetlands water samples, we’ll test for water quality with a variety of hands-on tools and observe and identify macroinvertebrates that survive in these conditions. Experiment with our Enviroscape in a hands-on, interactive demonstration of the sources and effects of water pollution. We’ll bring the wetlands indoors with animal artifacts and a visit from live program animals that make their home in this unique environment.

  Program Length: 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: Yes
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Ecosystems; Structures and Functions of Living Organisms; Earth Systems, Structures and Processes


 

Simple Machines (Grades 5–8)

We’ll challenge your students’ creativity as they enjoy the resources of our fully stocked Contraptions exhibit space to reveal the power of simple machines. Construct pulley systems and use Vernier force sensors to calculate mechanical advantage. Visualize the transfer of energy across the room as your students gear up for a chain reaction challenge.

  Program Length: 50 min/program
  Live Animal Encounter: No
  Available At Your Location: No; Only available at the Museum
  Standards Strand: Energy: Conservation and Transfer; Forces and Motion


 

Step 3: 2017–2018 Pricing
 

Per Child
(Ages 3-17)

Per Adult
(Ages 18+)

General Admission

$12 

$12 

Group Admission +
30 Minute Program

$15*

$12 

Group Admission +
50 Minute Program

$16*

$12

*Tax included, other admission rates subject to 7.5% sales tax.

Train Tickets

Train Tickets are purchased at check-in, based on availability.
Ticket Cost: $3.50 for members | $5 for non members & groups
Tickets are required for all teachers, chaperones and students three years old and older, with at least one adult required per five children.


The Fine Print:

Minimum Student Requirements:
The minimum for a 30 minute program is 12 students. The minimum for a 50 minute program is 20 students. Programs can be booked with fewer students for an additional fee to meet minimum requirements.

Registration Information:
We invite 1 teacher per 15 students to enjoy complimentary admission. Advance registration and a minimum of 10 paying persons are required to receive a discounted rate. Two weeks is required notice for all program reservations; 48-hour notice is required for self-guided trips. Prices subject to change.

Required Pre-Payment:
A pre-payment of $100 towards the total visit amount is due to the Museum by September 15th for Fall reservations, January 15th for Spring reservations or within 14 days of reservation. Payments may be made by phone to 919-220-5429 x313 or via check by mail. Failure to remit payment by deadline may result in cancellation of the reservation. For answers to more questions, see Field Trip FAQs.

 
Step 4: Make a Reservation Request
 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We are happy to cancel or reschedule reservations for visits more than two weeks away. Visits that are cancelled or rescheduled without two weeks’ notice forfeit the $100 deposit paid at time of reservation as a cancellation fee. Notification of cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to: reservations@ncmls.org.

 
Additional Planning Resources
 

Before your visit, we recommend you check out the resources below to best prepare for your day of adventure:

Members receive UNLIMITED admission all year long!