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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.

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

 

 

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

Take a Child Outside Week at William B Umstead State Park

William B. Umstead State ParkSAMSUNG DIGIMAX D530
8801 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27617
919-571-4170

Animals of Umstead
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
4:00pm
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
4:30pm
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
4:00pm
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
2:00pm
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
5:00pm
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)

Fall Homeschool Programs at Piedmont Wildlife Center

Piedmont Wildlife Center866282_40123651
364 Leigh Farm Road
Durham, NC 27707

Homeschool Family Day
Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00am – 2:00pm
Free (Preregistration Required)
All Ages

We are offering community conversations and activities for the adults, and will have separate children’s activities. Our goal is to share with you some of the best parts of our approach to nature mentoring. There will be a break for a potluck lunch, and we will close the day all together – kids and adults. This a free opportunity for anyone in the homeschool community. Please sign up via our website so we know how many are coming and can prepare accordingly. Also, we invite you to help us spread the word about this free community day with other homeschool families you know.

Fall 2013 Earth Mentors Homeschool Session

Tuesdays, October 15 – November 19
10:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 5 – 8
$70 ($60 for PWC Members)

Thursdays, October 17 – November 21
10:00am – 3:00pm
Ages 7 – 16 (divided into separate age groups)
$130 ($120 for PWC Members)

Our homeschool programs offer a selection of earth-focused experiences that allow students to engage in hands-on, experiential learning led by skilled naturalist mentors. There are two programs described below, one for an older age range and one for a younger age range. These programs overlap in ages (5-8 and 7-16), so students may choose the program that best suits their needs.  Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start date.