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Naturalist Center for Homeschoolers

researchNature Research Center
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

Fall Tours of the North Carolina Executive Mansion

1024px-North-Carolina-Executive-Mansion-20080321North Carolina Executive Mansion

200 N Blount St
Raleigh, NC 27601

Mansion Tours 
Wednesdays and Thursdays
September 18, 2013 – November 14, 2013
10:00am, 10:30am, 2:00pm, 2:30pm and 3:00pm

Garden Tours
Wednesdays (Children) and Thursdays (Adults)
September 25, 2013 – October 23, 2013
9:30am or 10:30am

Bring you students to tour North Carolina’s Executive Mansion and the beautiful gardens this fall! The Capital Area Visitor’s Center is taking reservations now. Reservations for groups of 10 or more can be made by visiting www.nccapvisit.org or calling 919-807-7950 at least two weeks ahead of your intended visit.  Groups must submit a list of names of participants in advance for admittance.

New Nature PlaySpace at Prairie Ridge Ecostation

treePrairie Ridge Ecostation
1671 Gold Star Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
10:00am – 1:00pm
All Ages

In celebration of the seventh annual Take a Child Outside week, Prairie Ridge Ecostation will highlight the importance of outdoor play for children of all ages by unveiling the Museum’s new Nature PlaySpace, a learning environment designed for younger children to explore the outdoors using natural materials. Our Take a Child Outside activities begin at 10:00 a.m. with nature crafts and story time, and continue with a 10:30 ladybug hunt. At 11:00, we will unveil our new Nature PlaySpace with a vine-cutting ceremony and refreshments. After the vine cutting, the fun continues with exciting nature activities throughout the grounds until 1:00pm!

Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. For more information contact Cathy Fergen at cathy.fergen@naturalsciences.org or 919.707.8878.

The Nature PlaySpace is made possible, in part, by the PNC Foundation Grow Up Great, an early childhood initiative.

Wake County Solid Waste Facility Tours

trashWake County Environmental Services
337 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC United States 27601

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Tour Times:
9:30am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:30am
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Ages 5+
Free (Preregistration Required)

Land-fill or Land-hill? A look at trash (and recycling!)
Take a tour of the Wake County South Wake Municipal Solid Waste Facility and learn about how landfills are built and designed to protect human health and minimize environmental impacts on soil, water, and air.

This is a family-friendly public tour for any adult and children age 5 and up. Tours will last approximately 1-hour.
All Participants will will ride in a 14-passenger van and view the many facilities and services on the site:
– Citizen Recycling Convenience Center
– Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Site
– Multi-Material Recycling Facility (MMRF)
– The active, working section of the South Wake Landfill
– The new landfill gas-to-energy facility

Please pre-register online here and reserve your seat for the tour time of your choice or call (919)856 – 2602.  (Note that tour reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis)

This event is sponsored by the Wake County Solid Waste Management Division and Waste Industries.

Take a Child Outside Week at William B Umstead State Park

William B. Umstead State ParkSAMSUNG DIGIMAX D530
8801 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27617

Animals of Umstead
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
All Ages
Free (Preregistration Required)

Join a Park Ranger to learn general information about the animals that call William B. Umstead State Park home. All ages welcome!  Reservations required.  Please call 919-571-4170 or stop in at the Visitor Center for more information and reservations.
Meet at: Crabtee Creek Large Shelter #1 located off Hwy 70 (Glenwood Avenue)

Wildlife Hike For Children
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Free (Preregistration Required)

Join a park ranger on a half-mile hike on Oak Rock Trail and see if you can spot wildlife in the woods along the trail.  (No Strollers Please)  Attendees may want to bring hiking shoes/boots, insect repellent, and binoculars.  Reservations required.  Please call 919-571-4170 or stop in at the Visitor Center for more information and reservations.  Limit 10
Meet at: Crabtree Creek Small Parking Lot/Oak Rock Trail located off Hwy 70 (Glenwood Avenue)

Big Lake Boat-A-Bout
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Free (Preregistration Required)

Join a Park Ranger for a guided canoe trip around Big Lake. Canoes paddles and life jackets are provided.  Wear appropriate clothing, bring insect repellent, and your binoculars.  Basic canoe skills are recommended.  Reservations required.  Please call 919-571-4170 or stop in at the Visitor Center for more information and reservations.  Limit 15
Meet at: Big Lake Boathouse located off Hwy 70 (Glenwood Avenue)

Caterpillar Hunt
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Free (Preregistration Required)

Join a Park Ranger for a brief talk and a walk around the area. We will talk about basic life cycles of butterflies and moths and concentrate on the larval life stage of the caterpillar. These insects come in bright colors some have horns some mimic other animals and some can sting you. Come see these fascinating creatures.  Reservations required.  Please call 919-571-4170 or stop in at the Visitor Center for more information and reservations.  Limit 15
Meet at: Visitor Center located off Hwy 70 (Glenwood Avenue)

From Farm to Park
Monday, September 30, 2013
Free (Preregistration Required)

The land that is now the park has transitioned from forest to farm to park. Join a park ranger for a hike along Oak Rock Trail to see and discuss signs of past land use. The hike will be a half mile long and begin from the Oak Rock Trailhead.  Reservations required.  Please call 919-571-4170 or stop in at the Visitor Center for more information and reservations.  Limit 30
Meet at: Crabtree Creek Small Parking Lot/Oak Rock Trail located off Hwy 70 (Glenwood Avenue)