Category Archives: Science

Scare-olina Skies 2013: Family Edition

Morehead Planetarium
250 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC562658_39390331
919-962-1236

Scare-olina Skies 2013:  Family Edition
Saturday, October 26th @ 2:30pm
Sunday, October 27th @ 3:30pm
Regular Ticket Prices Apply
Appropriate for Ages 5+

There’s a chill wind swirling down Franklin Street. On the UNC campus, a cascade of gold and red leaves hides the sidewalk. A murmur of voices whispers through the trees. And near the planetarium, excitement reaches a fever peak.  It must be Halloween!  Celebrate the season with a special fulldome star show at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Back by popular demand, Morehead’s milder version of its annual “Scare-olina Skies” planetarium show is a perfect choice for families with elementary school-age children.

October at Lake Crabtree

Lake Crabtree County ParkLake Crabtree
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-460-3390

 

Birding with Vernon
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
8:30am – 10:00am
Waterwise Garden
Free
Family Program

Join our bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats. Free, no preregistration required.

Big Sweep
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required)
Ages 5+ (With Adult Participant)

Join volunteers around the globe and help clean the world’s waterways. Teams will pick up trash along the shore of Lake Crabtree and its connecting creeks. Gloves, bags and other supplies are provided by the park. We’ll raffle off prizes and learn why it’s important to educate others about litter. Individuals and groups are welcome. Make a difference in your community!  Preregistration is required.  Call 919-460-2723 to sign up.

Homeschool / Track-Out Series:  Autumn Leaves
October 15th, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Beech Shelter
$8/Child (Preregistration Required)
Ages 5- 12 

…and in comes winter. Autumn, also known as fall, is the season of the harvest and when trees famously drop their leaves. We’ll answer your questions about fall and talk about the different ways that plants get ready for winter.  Preregistration required, mail in the registration form with payment or drop it off at the park office. Call 919-460-3355 for more information.

Creepy Crabtree
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
3:00pm – 7:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required for Night Hikes)
Family Program

This free, park-wide event will investigate the darker side of nature. Learn about bats, snakes, spiders and other ‘creepy-crawlies’ with unfortunate and undeserved reputations. You can make dreadful decorations or creepy crafts, go on a scary scavenger hunt, listen to spooky stories and tour our park in the dark during a haunted hike. Join us in celebrating the night and come in costume if you like. Come anytime for some family fun; no registration or sign up necessary for the main event, but please preregister for one of our night hikes (7:15–8:45 p.m.). Please specify which hike you prefer when you register.

PBS’s Slim Goodbody Live Show in October

Garner Performing Arts Center
742 W Garner Rd
Garner, NC 27529

Monday, October 28th, 2013
Bodyology at 9:55am
Lighten Up! at 11:40am
$7/Person for 1 Show
$10/Person for Both Shows
Purchase Tickets Online Here

Bodyology is a 1 hour theatrical show that explores the inner workings of the human body along with the health practices required to care for it. The National Bodyology Tour is an exciting new Musical Show starring PBS’s Slim Goodbody.

The main objectives of “Bodyology” include:

  • Teaching students how their amazing body works
  • Encouraging students to make better health choices
  • To help students attain competencies related to national education standards

Lighten Up! addresses the problem of childhood obesity. It is a highly interactive, 50-minute musical show designed to help children, in grades K-6, learn the value of exercise and good nutrition. The show deals with the serious problems of excess weight and obesity in an entertaining and totally non-threatening way. Children are encouraged to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to make health-enhancing choices. In every musical number, the kids participate, by answering questions, volunteering, and moving along with Slim.

Lighten Up is designed to help students:

  • Understand the benefits of good nutrition
  • How to make better food choices
  • Understand the body’s need for physical activity
  • Become smarter consumers
  • Attain competencies related to national education standards

 

 

September Events at Historic Yates Mill County Park

Historic Yates Mill County ParkHistoric Yates Mill
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-856-6675

 

8th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration
Saturday, September 21, 2013
11:00am – 3:00pm
All Ages
Free

This family-oriented event includes costumed corn-grinding tours of Yates Mill, a fun children’s scavenger hunt activity, live music and dance, story-tellers, community displays, hand-craft demonstrations and sales, antique vehicles, farm tool displays, food vendors, and much more!

Yates By Night
Friday, September 27, 2013
7:30pm – 8:30pm
All Ages
Free (Preregistration Required)

Discover the night world with your family and take a guided walk outdoors with a park naturalist. Walking after dark with children is a whole different experience that stimulates all our senses when everything is quiet and goes to sleep-or wakes up.

Please confirm all events with venue before attending.

Naturalist Center for Homeschoolers

researchNature Research Center
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St
Raleigh, NC
919-707-8115

Naturalist Center - New Opportunity for Homeschoolers
Mondays at 9:00am, 10:00am and 11:00am
Thursdays at 6:00pm and 7:00pm
3rd Grade – 12th Grade
$35 Hour (2 Hour Maximum)

 

Teachers can conduct their own lessons while using the Naturalist Center’s collections and equipment. Museum staff provides room supervision. We recommend that teachers visit the Center before bringing their class. This program is ideal for “Envirothon” teams, scout troops, homeschool groups and science clubs.

The Naturalist Center provides visitors access to an extensive collection of specimens for individual or class research or for general interest. Collections include birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, plants, fossils, rocks, minerals and more. Reference books, computers, CD-ROMs, microscopes and other lab equipment are available. Staff can provide assistance with self-directed exploration in the Naturalist Center.

Scheduling information: You must register for programs at least six weeks in advance of your group’s visit. To schedule this program, contact Cindy Lincoln, Coordinator of the Naturalist Center, at 919.707.9269, or submit an online Scheduling Request Form