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July 2015 Events
The Woodland Indians
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 AM & 2:30 PM (June 16 - August 7)
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
Tuesday - Friday, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (June 16 - August 7)
Type: Public Program
Search for and keep mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds and rose quartz in the running water sluice. $4 with museum admission.
Oceans In Space
Tuesdays - Fridays 11 AM & 3:30 PM Saturdays 11 AM & 2:30 PM Sundays 2:30 PM
Type: Planetarium
The search for life in the universe begins deep in the Earth’s oceans and extends out to the stars! Explore conditions make life favorable on our planet and throughout the universe. Discover the diversity of life here even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe.
Live Bat Encounter
Saturday, July 25, 11 AM & 2 PM
Type: Public Program
Live bats from around the world! Rob Mies, TV personality, conservation biologist, bat expert, author, and Executive Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, speaks about the benefits of bats, the need for conservation, and what you can do to help these unique mammals. See a big brown bat from North America and hear its high-pitched echolocation with a “bat detector,” meet fruit bats from Africa and Asia, and come face-to-face with the largest bat in the world, the Gigantic Flying Fox Bat from Malaysia. Families will also enjoy bat-related crafts and activities. $3 in addition to museum admission Call 704-854-6676 for advance tickets.
Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories
Tuesday - Sunday 1:30 Free Tuesdays (2nd Tuesday of the month) 6 PM Free Fridays (4th Friday of the month) 3:30 PM
Type: Planetarium
Join Grandpa Ben on a family camping trip and hear lively stories about the night sky and its constellations. A fun, family-friendly presentation for all ages.
Nightwatch
Saturdays and Sundays 3:30
Type: Planetarium
There is more in the night sky than you can see with your naked eye. Learn how to explore the universe with binoculars and small telescopes without leaving your own backyard.
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.
Summer Camps 2015
June 15 - August 21
Type: Summer Camp
Summer Day Camps for rising 1st and 2nd graders Week 1: June 15-19 Under the Sea Get wet and wild while learning about sea creatures, beach creatures, and more. Learn the science behind salt water. Discover how plants and animals survive in both sandy and salty environments. Enjoy marine experiments, crafts, games, and more. Week 2: June 22-26 Starship Schiele Blast-off in search of aliens and adventures in Outer Space! Explore the Milky Way, spot a supernova, and discover the mystery of the cosmos on this journey through the universe. Week 3: June 29 – July 3 Little Buckaroos Saddle up cowboys and cowgirls for a week of Wild West fun. Learn about cowboy history and lore-the clothes, the tools, the weapons, and the gear necessary for the cattle trail and the home range. Make a lariat, rope a steer, and spin a loop. We’ll sit by the fire in a recreated cowboy camp, learn a few old time songs, throw on a saddle, burn a brand, and cook up some honest trail grub. It’s more fun than you can swing a rope at! Week 4: July 6 - 10 Junior Ranger Camp Equipped with your very own Schiele Ranger gear, you will gather and preserve natural history specimens, make a plant press, learn wildwoods crafts and games, create a naturalist’s journal, work on the nature trail, and learn how to create a mini natural history museum of your own. Week 5: July 13 - 17 Tiny Tinkerers Create! Invent! Build! Tinker! Use your hands and head to explore how things work by taking them apart! Design a marble maze, experiment with circuits, and dig into our tinker toolbox to forge something new! Week 6: July 20 - 24 Science of Seuss Have grand adventures with Dr. Seuss and friends! Explore the trees if you please. Take a trip to the pond of which the turtles are quite fond. Make butter and bake bread until we are all well fed. Last, but not least, find out just what is this thing called oobleck! Week 7: July 27 – 31 Energy Matters! Young scientists will discover everything they ever wanted to know about matter and energy through exciting hands-on activities. Turn on a light bulb using your own body. Create sparkling punch from dry ice. Find a rainbow. Have lots of fun conducting experiments with our “mad science” gear. Week 8: August 3 - 7 Animal Encounters Is a spider an insect? What is the difference between a reptile and an amphibian? Are there any mammals that can fly? Junior zoologists will discover these answers and more as they come face to face with a variety of animal props and live animals. Learn about what different animals eat, how they grow, where they live and how they move. Explore live insects, reptiles, amphibians and mammals through hands-on experiences and activities. Week 9: August 10 - 14 Junior Ranger Camp Equipped with your very own Schiele Ranger gear, you will gather and preserve natural history specimens, make a plant press, learn wildwoods crafts and games, create a naturalist’s journal, work on the nature trail, and learn how to create a mini natural history museum of your own. Week 10: August 17 - 21 Schiele Cattle Company Ye-hah! Come-on pardners, we’re rounding up our little cowhands again for another week of Wild West adventures! Dress like a cowboy, talk like a cowboy. Try your hand at cowhand cooking, roping, and horseshoes. We’ll revisit our favorite cow camp activities and learn some new skills too. A great camp for old hands (past participants) or greenhorns (new campers). Summer Day Camps for rising 3rd, 4th and 5th graders Week 1: June 15-19 Schiele Rangers Become a “Junior Ranger” as you walk in the footsteps of our founders, Bud and Lily Schiele. Explore the secret “behind the scenes” world of the museum. Equipped with your very own Schiele Ranger gear, you will gather and preserve specimens, make a plant press, learn wildwoods crafts and games, create a naturalist’s journal, work on a nature trail project, and learn how to create a mini natural history museum of your own. Week 2: June 22-26 Marine Explorers Come explore different animals that live on, in, under, and around the ocean. Find out how different mammals, reptiles, arthropods, and invertebrates have adapted to survive in salt water. Learn how these animals are important to both people and the environment and find out ways you can help protect these animals. Week 3: June 29 – July 3 Camp Buckaroo Saddle up cowboys and cowgirls for a week of Wild West fun. Learn about cowboy history and lore. Make a lariat, rope a steer, and spin a loop. We’ll sit by the fire in a recreated cowboy camp, learn a few old time songs, throw on a saddle, burn a brand, and cook up some honest trail grub. Learn to talk like a cowpuncher and walk like a waddie. It’s a real roundup of buckaroo fun! Week 4: July 6 - 10 Tinkering 101 Gear up for this hands-on camp where you can indulge your curiosity, share big ideas, and break things! Learn soldering techniques, experiment with circuits, and get crafty with tape. Who knows what you will create! Week 5: July 13 - 17 Animal Friend or Foe What do you do if you are ever face to face with an alligator? Are there any snakes, insects, or other creepy, crawly things that you dislike? Can you tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous snake species in North Carolina? Find out the answers to these questions and more as you learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly animals that may gross you out or even scare you. Week 6: July 20 - 24 Up-Cycling Don’t chunk your junk-be more eco-friendly and recycle it! Get creative transforming discarded and unwanted “junk” into new, useful products. From wall art to bird feeders to lanterns the possibilities are endless. Plus get a chance to design and create your own upcycled masterpiece. Week 7: July 27 – 31 Space Explorers Get a taste of astronaut training as you learn about flight, rockets, and the Space Shuttle. Make a simple telescope to use to spot faraway objects. Hold a countdown for your own rocket launch! Week 8: August 3 - 7 Physics Frenzy See the world like Issac Newton without getting hit on the head by an apple! Get your mind in motion as you become an engineer to test gravity and Newton’s three laws. This camp will be full of fun physics activities. Week 9: August 10 – 14 Schiele Rangers Become a “Junior Ranger” as you walk in the footsteps of our founders, Bud and Lily Schiele. Explore the secret “behind the scenes” world of the museum. Equipped with your very own Schiele Ranger gear, you will gather and preserve specimens, make a plant press, learn wildwoods crafts and games, create a naturalist’s journal, work on a nature trail project, and learn how to create a mini natural history museum of your own. Week 10: August 17 - 21 Home on the Range with Cactus Jack It’s round-up time again! Spend the mornings in Cactus Jack’s old time cowboy camp of the early 1900’s. Young buckaroos will learn to: saddle a “horse,” pack a “mule,” rope a “steer,” brand a “calf”, spin a rope, sing a cowboy song, pitch a range tent, cook beans, bacon, biscuits and more! A great camp for old hands (past participants) or greenhorns (new campers). Summer Workshops for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders CSI: Not As Seen on TV June 23 - 26, 9 AM - 4 PM Join the Gastonia Police Department and The Schiele to become a crime scene detective as you work to investigate a mock crime. Discover what really happens during at a crime scene investigation. Work with police investigators to solve a crime mystery through hands-on techniques used by professionals in the field. Learn how to process fingerprints, measure and diagram a crime scene, identify and type blood, take shoe impressions, and much more. $130 Members/$145 Nonmembers Eco Leaders June 30 – July 3, 9 AM – 4 PM Every day we make decisions that impact the environment. Discover simple ways to make your impact a positive one. Learn to think “green” and lead your community in becoming more environmentally friendly. Practice strategies including creating a wildlife habitat, monitoring water quality, and introducing others to ecofriendly practices. $130 Members/$145 Nonmembers Space Explorers July 21 – 24, 9 AM – 4 PM Get a taste of astronaut training as you learn about flight, rockets, and the Space Shuttle. Make a simple telescope to use to spot faraway objects. Hold a countdown for your own rocket launch! $130 Members/$145 Nonmembers Field School for Rising 9th - 12th Graders Teen Trek: The Blue Ridge Mountains July 27 – 30 Traverse the mountains of North Carolina like never before! Kayak to islands at Lake James and explore Linville Caverns. Camp overnight at the base of Mt. Mitchell, and then take a day hike to the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Go white water rafting down the Nantahala River and horseback riding through the gorge. Search for salamanders, go on an owl prowl, gaze at the stars, and learn the art of fly fishing! Bring your camping gear and let the adventure begin! $420 members / $465 nonmembers --------------------------------------------------------------- Registration Information Call 704-854-6676 to reserve your spot. Payment in full is required to reserve your camp spot. You may pay with a credit card at the time of registration, mail a check or bring payment to the museum. There are no refunds for Summer Day Camp sales. Space in each camp is limited. Registration for each camp is closed when capacity is reached. Prospective participants are encouraged to register early for the best chance at obtaining an available spot. Please note that your registration is not complete until you have paid in full for all camps and you have completed and returned our required registration and policy forms that will be emailed to you when you register. Members-only Registration: January – February 2015 You will need your Schiele Museum Membership Number to register.Non-members are invited to join the museum and participate inearly registration. Ask for details when you call. Open Registration: Begins March 1, 2015
The Backcountry Pioneers
Wednesdays & Fridays 10 AM & 2:30 PM (June 16 - August 7)
Type: Public Program
Discover how early settlers carved a life from the wilderness in the Piedmont of North Carolina in the 18th Century during this outdoor program at the Backcountry Farm.
Energy Independence Day
Saturday, July 4, 11 AM & 2 PM
Type: Public Program
Proclaim your energy independence by creating your own mini solar-powered vehicle! Hands-on sessions are appropriate for ages 8 and older. Space is limited. Call 704-854-6676 for reservations.
Backyard Wildlife
Saturday July 11, 11 AM - 3 PM
Type: Public Program
Learn about the many different animal species that might visit your backyard and examine footprints and other signs they leave behind.
Free Tuesday sponsored by Duke Energy - July 14
Tuesday, July 14, 4 - 8 PM
Type: Public Program
Enjoy exhibits and programs at The Schiele free of charge! This includes a program at 5 PM at the Backcountry Farm and a showing of Bear Tales at 6 PM in the James H. Lynn Planetarium.
Live From Pluto!
Wednesday, July 15, 9 AM - 4 PM
Type: Public Program
Enjoy live video from NASA TV from the New Horizons mission to Pluto in the museum’s auditorium, hosted by staff from the James H. Lynn Planetarium.
Schiele Science Café
Thursday, July 16, 6 PM
Type: Public Program
Enjoy a live presentation with the opportunity to ask questions, share opinions, and express ideas. No science background is necessary; just bring an open mind and gear up for a round of science trivia! $5 per participant – includes beverage and snacks. Call 704-854-6676 for advance tickets.
Celebrate Summer
Sunday, July 19, 1 - 4 PM
Type: Public Program
Enjoy a summer afternoon and National Ice Cream Day with great museum activities and free ice cream from Tony’s Ice Cream. Explore exhibits, the Catawba Village, and the Backcountry Farm. Go gemstone mining, make giant bubbles, meet live animals and view the sun safely through a solar telescope. $3 in addition to museum admission
The Scoop on Ice Cream
May 23 - September 7
Type: Exhibit
Discover the science of ice cream! Trace the path of this chilly union of cream and sugar through the course of human history. Follow the story of Tony’s Ice Cream, a Gastonia institution celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015. Enjoy displays of ice cream production equipment and memorabilia from the collections of the Coletta family.