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August 2014 Events
WILD: Amphibians
Saturday, August 2, 10 AM - 4 PM
Type: Adult Workshop
Join NC Wildlife Resources Outreach Specialists Tanya Poole and CC King for a Criteria II or III WILD: Amphibians. This 5 hour workshop will cover amphibian life cycles, habitats, identification and anatomy. From Spotted Salamanders to Leopard Frogs, from chains of eggs to baseball-size clusters, our amphibians lead fascinating lives. Find out about these herps through creek stomping and pond netting. Gather materials to share with your students and have fun in the field, too. $10 for all participants. Pre-registration is required. Call 704-866-6910 to register and for more information.
Nature Photography with Donald Brown
See description.
Type: Adult Workshop
Get in focus with this series of 3 nature photography workshops. All levels of photographers welcome! Learn basic skills, tips and tricks, and explore wildlife, landscape and plant-life with a professional wildlife photographer, Donald Brown! “For me, nature photography is the joy of viewing a beautiful flower through the viewfinder, the inspiration of a majestic scene coming into focus, the emotional connection made when the eyes of the subject make contact with mine through a telephoto lens.” Participants will be able to practice their new skills on photo excursions around the museum and nature trail. Don’t forget to bring your digital camera! Advanced registration is required for each workshop session. Session 1: Photography Basics and Plant Life Saturday, June 28 (register by June 13) Session 2: Landscape Photography Saturday, August 23 (register by August 8) Session 3: Wildlife Photography Saturday, October 11 (register by September 26) $65 Museum Member /$70 non-members per workshop Call 704-866-6910 for more information and to register.
Under the Shade Tree
Sunday, August 24, 1 - 5 PM
Type: Public Program
With the early harvest behind them, families and friends gather to rest and recreate, escaping the searing Piedmont heat under the shade of the old oak tree. Join us for a lazy day of Piedmont pastimes – watermelon eating, seed-spitting contests, games and amusements enjoyed by early settlers in the late 1700’s.
Free Tuesday sponsored by Duke Energy - August 12, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 4 - 8 PM
Type: Public Program
Enjoy a late afternoon at the Schiele Museum free of charge! All the museum’s exhibits and Nature Trail will be available for your exploration. At 5 PM, discover the “Gift of the Deer” as you hear about the many ways in which the Eastern Woodland Indians utilized the deer for food, clothing, tools, weapons, amusements and ritual. Don’t miss a special showing of Hubble Vision II at 7 PM in the James H. Lynn Planetarium.
The Woodland Indians
June 9 - August 10; Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 AM & 2:30 PM
Type: Public Program
Visit the Catawba Village to discover how local American Indians used plants, animals, and even the earth itself to provide for tools, clothing, food and shelter.
Gemstone Mining
June 9 - August 10; Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Type: Public Program
Visit our gemstone mine to find mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds, and rose quartz. Participants keep everything that is found! $4 with museum admission.
Tools of Stone
Saturday, August 2, 1 - 3 PM
Type: Public Program
Visit the Aboriginal Studies Center to see live demonstrations of stone tool making as a group of east coast flint knappers gather to reproduce the knives, axes, and projectile points of our prehistoric ancestors. While you’re there explore recreated prehistoric structures at the Stone Age Heritage Site.
Hubble Vision II
Tuesday – Sunday 1:30 Free Tuesdays 7:00 Free Fridays (the fourth Friday of each month) 3:30
Type: Planetarium
Take a fascinating tour of the cosmos from Earth orbit! Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has provided incredible images in unprecedented detail to astronomers, and made an astonishing array of discoveries – from nearby objects in the solar system to the most distant galaxies at the limits of the observable universe. This program features the best and most exciting Hubble images and reveals the cosmic secrets of planets, stars and galaxies.
Reptile and Amphibian Day
Sunday, August 10, 1 - 4 PM
Type: Public Program
Come get up close and personal with a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians from around the globe. Have some scaly and slimy fun creating a new species of reptile, learning what it takes to be a herpetologist, and more! Enjoy a special presentation by herpetologist Carlton Burke and some of his scaly friends at 2 PM.
Schiele Museum Explorers Trip: The Northern Plains
August 10 - 16
Type: Field Trip
Travel with the Schiele Museum out west for an explorer’s adventure on the Northern Plains. See amazing landscapes and explore the rich history of the last refuge of the Sioux and Cheyenne. Enjoy the awesome grandeur of nature in Yellowstone National Park and the Black Hills of South Dakota. Tour a fossil quarry, travel to the site of Custer’s Last Stand, and visit a western military fort. Explore great museums like the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Mammoth Site. See Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and Devils Tower. $2,000 museum members / $2,200 nonmembers Call 704-866-6919 to register and for more information
Voice of the Night: American Indian Star Legends
Tuesdays – Fridays 11 AM & 3:30 PM; Saturdays 11 AM & 2:30 PM; Sundays 2:30 PM
Type: Planetarium
The night sky comes alive with the traditional stories and legends told by American Indians for centuries. Travel back through time and space to discover how common story threads represented by the heavens weave their way across time and cultures in this original production of the James H. Lynn Planetarium.
National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Photographs
Opens Saturday June 28
Type: Special Event
National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Photographs showcases some of the most compelling imagery published in the history of the magazine. This exhibit will transport visitors behind the lens of some of National Geographic’s most engaging images. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan Girl, to Nick Nichols iconic photograph of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee, to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition features 50 of the magazine’s most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its more than 120-year history. Discover the stories behind these iconic images, and the photographers that captured them.
Movie Mondays Go Native
June 9 - August 18; Mondays 2 PM
Type: Public Program
Enjoy movies on the big screen in the museum’s auditorium. While Hollywood doesn’t always get the facts correct, we’re pleased to offer a rotation of family-friendly films with stories about American Indians. The movies are: June 9 - The Indian In the Cupboard June 16 - Pocahontas June 23 - Squanto: A Warriors Tale June 30 - Brother Bear July 7 - Ishi: The Last of His Tribe July 14 - Spirit July 21 - Pocahontas 2 July 28 - Tecumseh – The Last Warrior August 4 - Dreamkeeper August 11 - Brother Bear 2 August 18 - Wind River