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April 2015 Events
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 11, 10 AM - 4 PM
Type: Special Event
Join us in “homegrown” celebration of our 25th Annual Earth Day by learning to LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE! Explore hands-on activities, games, and crafts focused on native plants and animals found right in your backyard. Enjoy live music from local musicians, taste food grown locally, and connect with organizations in your community who are dedicated to conserving the environment. Our Recycled Café will be back and as tasty as ever! Enjoy music from Dennis Spring ( http://springtimemusic.biz/ ).
Happy Earth Day
Wednesday, April 22, 2 - 4 PM
Type: Public Program
Join us in recognizing national “Earth Day” to learn how you can help conserve our planet’s resources. Create an Earth Day flag to show how much you care!
Sheepshearing
Sunday, April 26, 1 - 5 PM
Type: Public Program
Each spring the sheep are sheared (given a haircut) at the Backcountry Farm; the sheep are cool in the summer and the wool is made into cloth to keep the Pioneer family warm in the winter. See historical interpreters in 18th Century dress card and spin the freshly shorn wool into thread. Try your hand at shearing or the simple craft of weaving on the tape loom.
The Solar System: A Journey of Exploration
Feature Exhibit Opens Saturday, January 17
Type: Exhibit
Journey across the Solar System to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. Gain an appreciation for Earth as the only place for life as we know it as we compare our planet to other objects that also orbit our sun. Experience the grandeur, desolation, power, silence, resources or loneliness that each of our “solar neighbors” have to offer. Learn about the evolution of space study, our current robotic and telescopic exploration efforts, and our potential future in the Solar System. This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on components, objects on loan from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution, and an interactive Mars Colony.
Floppy, Funny, Cuddly, and Cute: Animal Babies
Friday, April 3, 10 AM - 2 PM
Type: Public Program
In honor of the Easter Bunny, come meet a variety of animal babies including chicks, bunny rabbits, and ducklings. Get up close and personal with hands-on opportunities in a petting zoo. Bring the whole family and have fun while learning about our furry friends. $3 in addition to museum admission.
Schiele Science Café: Tiny Houses with Laura LaVoie
Friday, April 10, 6 PM
Type: Public Program
Share opinions and express ideas with other science lovers in this friendly environment. No science background is necessary; just bring an open mind! The evening will begin with a tiny building challenge! Our guest speaker, Laura LaVoie, will be discussing the ins and outs of living in less than 400 square feet. Snacks provided and adult beverages available! $5 per participant(includes one beverage). Call 704-854-6676 for advance tickets.
Schiele Science Café: Let’s Talk Science
Friday, April 24, 6 PM
Type: Public Program
Ask questions, share opinions, and express ideas with other science lovers in this relaxed and friendly social environment. No science background is necessary; just bring an open mind! Graduate students Chelsea Hawkins and Tina Maguylo from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte will be discussing their research on ocean acidifications’ effect on bivalves and the chemistry of a painting in this double-decker café! Snacks provided and adult beverages available! $5 per participant – includes one beverage. Call 704-854-6676 for advance tickets.
Envirothon Workshops for Students: State Review
Wednesday, April 21, 4 - 6 PM
Type: Student Workshop
Be sure to check out the unique resources offered at the museum to assist in training for this environmental science-based competition! Envirothon allows students, grades 6-12, to demonstrate their knowledge in NC Wildlife, soil, water, forestry, and current events. This intense session will cover all areas and include hands-on indoor and outdoor activities, plus lots of information to get you ready for Envirothon! $10 per participant Call 704-854-6676 to register. Registration deadline is April 17.
The Camper’s Journal
Saturday, April 4, 9 AM - 4 PM
Type: Adult Workshop
Document your camp life in a record book of your own making. We will first examine the variety of diaries, journals, and notebooks in use during the Golden Age of Camping. Participants will then craft a hand-sewn, leather-bound, multi-signature, camper’s journal suitable for camp and trail use. $60 Museum Members /$65 Non-Members. Call 704-866-6912 to register.
Brigand’s Kitchen
Sunday, April 5, 9 AM - 4 PM
Type: Adult Workshop
Inspired by the master naturalist John Burroughs, participants will do a little campfire blacksmithing to manufacture a double brace of lightweight “cooking irons.” With these versatile tools (plus a pot, a pan, and the proper skills) the trailside chef can roast, toast, broil, boil, and fry a meal in sylvan setting. $60 Museum Members /$65 Non-Members. Call 704-866-6912 to register.