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February 2016 Events
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.
Eco-Board Games
Saturday, February 6, 1 - 3 PM
Type: Public Program
Have fun playing unique eco-themed spinoffs from your favorite board games like Monopoly, Husker-Du and more. Something for all ages – and snacks will be available for purchase too!
Free Tuesday - February 9
Tuesday, February 9, 4 - 8 PM
Type: Public Program
Enjoy exhibits and programs at The Schiele free of charge! See how the Catawba Indians used river cane to make tools, weapons, containers and animal calls in a special program at 5 PM.
Science Café: True Love
Thursday, February 11, 6 PM
Type: Special Event
Science Café is an entertaining and educational event for adults that includes fun science trivia, snacks and adult beverages. Tonight’s presentation is a discussion about emotions, the brain and that thing called love. $5 per participant – includes beverage and snacks. Call 704-854-6676 for advance tickets.
Symbiotic Relationships
Saturday, February 13, 2 PM
Type: Public Program
Relationships can be complicated, especially in nature. Some are beneficial, harmful, or even parasitic, but do not usually involve chocolate and roses! Learn about the various symbiotic relationships that exist between organisms.
Fossil Fair 2016
Saturday, February 20, 9 AM - 4 PM
Type: Public Program
More than a fossil show, this event spotlights all sorts of natural treasures from the earth including fossils, rocks, minerals and the ancient stories that these items tell. See museum and fossil club displays and purchase interesting specimens from vendors. Mine for gemstones like garnets, emeralds and amethyst. Kids can meet animated prehistoric characters, see a full-sized T. rex, make a fossil fish print, search for tiny fossils from the Carolina Coast, and much more. $3 with Museum Admission
Snakes: Fear or Fascination?
Saturday, February 27, 1 & 3 PM
Type: Public Program
Discover why snakes are important to an ecosystem, why we should protect them and how you can help. Overcome your fear of snakes, and learn why they are so fascinating. Includes hands-on opportunities with live specimens.
Prehistoric Safari
Friday Feb. 19 - Saturday, Feb. 20, 7 PM - 9 AM
Type: Student Workshop
Dinosaurs, ancient reptiles, fossils and more! Includes admission to Saturday’s Fossil Fair event. Registration deadline is February 1. $35 per child or adult participant
Leopold Educators Workshop 2016
Saturday, February 6, 9 AM - 4 PM
Type: Adult Workshop
Explore the outdoors, observe nature, and begin to develop your own land ethic. The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. CEU/EE Criteria 1 credit available. $45 Museum Members / $50 Nonmembers Call 704-866-6910 for more information and to register.
Nessmuk’s Kit Bag
Saturday, February 27, 9 AM - 4 PM
Type: Adult Workshop
Kit bags were designed to carry the small tools and daily essentials of life in camp and on the trail. Sometimes referred to as “duty”, “dilly” or “ditty” bags, they were as individual as the outers who packed them. We’ll examine the nautical and terrestrial history of these bags and then reproduce a hand sewn leather version as carried by the grand master woodsman George Washington Sears. $60 Museum Members /$65 Non-Members Call 704-866-6912 to register
The Aleut Pack Harness
Sunday, February 28, 9 AM - 4 PM
Type: Adult Workshop
In 1910, the great explorer and adventurer Belmore Browne led an expedition to Mt. McKinley using his own modification of a Native Aleutian Islander pack strap. This harness featured strength, simplicity, and the versatility necessary to secure and carry a variety of bundles, duffels, and packs or different sizes and shapes. We will modify Browne’s design further and create a hand-sewn and riveted leather version. $60 Museum Members /$65 Non-Members Call 704-866-6912 to register
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Saturday, December 5 – Sunday, February 28
Type: Exhibit
From deep underground in a Colombian coal mine, in a layer dating to 65 million years ago, scientists have uncovered remains of the largest snake in the world, Titanoboa cerrejonensis. Measuring 48 feet long and weighing in at 2,500 pounds, this massive predator could crush and devour a crocodile! Fossil plants and animals found at the site reveal the earliest known rain forest, teeming with life and dating to the Paleocene, the lost world that followed the demise of the dinosaurs. Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous reptile. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Florida Museum of Natural History, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln; it is circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).