Summer Programs at Museum of the Earth

Summer 2019 Programs at Museum of the Earth

July 1 - August 31, 2019
Museum of the Earth

Come join us this summer at the Museum--in addition to our “Survivors: Up Close with Living Fossils” special exhibit we have special programs to enjoy weekdays and Saturdays:

Mondays, 1 pm - 3 pm

Matrix Project -- Sorting Through Overburden of Ancient Seas

Sort through actual matrix from the Aurora Phosphate Mines of North Carolina and learn the sorting techniques preformed in research. Discover fossilized shark teeth in the material. Learn how to identify species within the matrix, while getting an appreciation of the animals that lived with sharks during the Early Miocene and Pliocene oceans. Best of all you get to take home your finds!

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2 pm (talk), 2 - 3 pm (touch tank)

Ocean and Freshwater Conservation

Despite having endured for millions of years, many of the aquatic species in our Living Fossils exhibit face extinction because of our rapidly changing planet. Join Educator Emily to learn how conservation efforts, including those here at the Museum of the Earth, are working to save them from extinction. After the talk, we will open the touch tank for you to get up close with two of these species.

Wednesdays, 11 am - 1 pm

Behind the Scenes Research at PRI

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a museum? Join Research Assistant Jaleigh as she shares a day in the life of a scientist and describes the importance of conservation paleobiology research. Guests will have an opportunity to learn about oyster conservation and try their hand at an oyster matching game!

Wednesdays, 1 pm - 3 pm

Summer STEAM: Patterns in Science and Art

The natural world is awash in unique patterns, from the golden ratio of a nautilus shell to the tessellation of a snake’s scales. This table will feature not only specimens from the education collection for guests to handle, but each week Museum Educator Emily will also be facilitating a unique craft that helps guests of all ages to get in touch with their artistic side while exploring our beautiful planet.

Thursdays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Meet Eco! Up Close with Our Boa Constrictor

Did you know that a boa constrictors can live up to thirty years, or that they can give birth to up to 60 babies at a time? It’s true! Come learn all about boa constrictors and the role they play in the environment while meeting with Eco, an Animal Ambassador. Eco is one of our most experienced Animal Ambassadors, making this a wonderful opportunity for those hesitant around snakes to meet with one in a safe, controlled environment.

Fridays, 11 am

Living Fossils Exhibit Tour

Join our Museum educators for a guided tour of our newest special exhibit, “Survivors: Up Close with Living Fossils.” Our Living Fossils exhibit presents the evolutionary history of some of our planet’s most unique species, both abroad and local, whose bodies have stood the test of the time and remained mostly unchanged throughout eons. This exhibit features specimens both living and fossilized and is appropriate for all ages.

Saturdays, 11 am -noon

Tortoise Tales Storytime

Join Educator Emily and Timothy the Tortoise for storytime! Emily will start off by reading “Who Wants a Tortoise?” and afterwards will supervise a meet-and-greet with one of our gentlest Animal Ambassadors, Timothy the Russian Tortoise. Each week will feature a different tortoise-themed craft for guests to make following the story. Appropriate for all ages, come and learn what makes tortoises such unique animals!