Category Archives: NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Naturalist Center for Homeschoolers

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NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St
Raleigh, NC

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

Environmental Literacy Center

I recently heard about this great new resource available to Raleigh homeschoolers.

Environmental Literacy Centerbooks
Nature Research Center Wing at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
121 W Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27603

The ELC is available for use upon appointment. It can be used as a meeting center and/or a resource center for anyone in the field of education. The resources can be used by educators and preservice teachers or for student research but the holdings are only circulating for DENR employees at this time.

2000+ holdings of books and DVDs such as educator guides, environmental curricula, North Carolina field guides, naturalist books, environmental non-fiction and children’s books. Subject areas include environmental science, popular natural science, conservation, sustainability, museum and non-formal education practices and science education.

Facilities Description: The room has 4 computers connected to the internet and conference table has ports for power and internet if laptops are preferred. LCD projectors can be provided upon request. The ELC can hold groups of up to 25.

To schedule a visit or to hold a meeting in the ELC contact Ian Brown at or 919-707-8115.

Adventurous Math for the Playground Crowd

numbersNC Science Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27601

Science Cafe:  Adventurous Math for the Playground Crowd
Thursday, July 11, 2013
7:00pm (Discussion Begins at 7pm followed by Q&A)
Nature Research Center – The Daily Planet Cafe

Mathematics education is a big source of worries — and hopes, and dreams — for parents, teachers and communities. What can you do to help students learn the advanced math that is required in so much of today’s industries and technologies? What helpful insights come from cognitive science, comparative anthropology, and educational psychology? In this Café, you will learn about the Moebius Noodles Project, which seeks answers in the modern-day Terra Incognita of mathematics education: the very first years of a child’s life. Join educators Maria Droujkova and Yelena McManaman for a look at playful ways parents and children can have big adventures with deep mathematical ideas.

Dr. Maria Droujkova is a curriculum developer and mathematics education researcher. Maria brings together leaders in mathematics education, developers, parents and teachers for projects and discussions of family mathematics, early algebra, individualized learning, math games and math clubs. Yelena McManaman is a blogger, education consultant and developer, focusing on young children. Yelena homeschools her son and organizes classes and events for kids. Online, Yelena helps other parents collaborate around advanced math for young children. Yelena and Maria co-authored a Creative Commons, crowdfunded book “Moebius Noodles: Adventurous Math for the Playground Crowd” that came out this Spring.

Please confirm events with the venue before attending.


Dinosaurs in Motion at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Dinos In Motion
Have you heard about Dinosaurs in Motion?  It’s the newest special exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh and it’s pretty cool!

Earlier this week, we went on a field trip with our homeschool group to the museum to check out the new dinos.  There are 14 life-sized metal sculptures created by a North Carolina sculptor and visitors can control them with remotes or lever-and-pulley systems.  My little ones find dinos fascinating so this was right up their alley and I knew they would just love the remote controls.  I was more interested in checking out the art aspect of it all and it was pretty amazing.

We purchased tickets as a group so we were able to get a discounted price, but even at regular ticket price, this exhibit is definitely worth checking out.  Everyone in our group really enjoyed it and had a fabulous time.

You can check out some cool pictures of the sculptures here.

Tickets are available online here.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase group rate tickets at the Box Office.  This exhibit will be at our museum until September, 8, 2013.

Wondering what our little ones thought about it?
Homeschool Dude Says:  “It was cool.  I loved moving them with the remotes.  My favorite was the swimming one.”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  “That was fun.  I liked the one with the horn on his head.”