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July 2013 Events
Nightwatch
Saturdays and Sundays 3:30 PM
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. Discover what you can see in the winter sky from your own backyard.
Red Starr’s Solar System Round-Up
Saturdays and Sundays 1:30 PM
Type: Planetarium
Saddle-up with Red Starr and his sidekick Solar Max while they check out their herd of planets they tend on the Solar System Ranch. This up-to-date program about the planets features images from the latest fleet of spacecraft exploring our neighborhood in outer space. Red Starr’s Solar System Round-Up is an original production of the James H. Lynn Planetarium.
Gemstone Mining
June 12 - August 9; Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 1:30 PM
Type: Public Program
Visit the gemstone mine at the Grist Mill to search for mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds and rose quartz. Take home what you find! $4 in addition to museum admission.
Animal Encounters
June 12 - August 9; Wednesday - Saturday 10:30 AM & 2:30 PM; Sundays 2:30 PM
Type: Public Program
Enjoy a “live” encounter with members of the museum’s animal collection. Learn about the adaptations of reptiles, mammals, amphibians and insects. Discover the fascinating ways that find food, weather the elements and protect themselves from their enemies. Hands-on opportunities!
The Planets: A Voyage Across the Solar System
Tuesdays - Sundays 1:30 PM; Free Tuesdays (second Tuesday of each month) 7 PM
Type: Planetarium
Take a tour of the Solar System looking in detail at each planet. Discover information about the formation of our system and new extra-solar planets. This program features exciting planetary images, beautiful computer animation, narration by Kate Mulgrew, Captain Katherine Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager and breathtaking music by John Serrie. The Planets was created by the Southeast Planetarium Association.
Schiele Summer Day Camps 2013
June 10 - August 16
Type: Summer Camp
Get ready for a great summer with exciting camp activities that take advantage of the exhibits, resources and staff at The Schiele. Our Summer Day Camp will provide an enriching summer program for students with quality science, cultural, art and outdoor activities with a full-day schedule that will meet the needs of your family. With exciting themes scheduled for each week, your child can participate for a single week, several weeks planned around your vacation schedule, or join us from the beginning of summer to the end! In addition to explorations in science, history and culture, Camp participants will enjoy other activities on a daily and weekly basis, including swimming, outdoor recreation, movies, daily snacks (campers bring their own lunch), games and recreation, and more! Call 704-854-6676 to learn more about our 2012 day camps. Check out the Summer Camp Guide here ( http://schielemuseum.org/documents/SchieleSummerCampGuide2013_000.pdf ) $135 per week Members / $155 per week Nonmembers
Mammal Safari: Journey of Discovery
May 18 - December 31
Type: Exhibit
Journey across the continents and discover the incredible story of the most complex and diverse animals on earth. Adaptable, sociable and intelligent - mammals are the most familiar group of animals. Amazingly, all 5,000 species of mammals share some fundamental characteristics. Appearing in the fossil record 200 million years ago, they have spread across the world and developed incredible ways to survive in a broad range of habitats, from forests to deserts, from the oceans to the poles. Our planet is now populated by all sorts of mammals that dig and swim, creep and fly, run and climb. Lions, tigers, bears and more! Go on a virtual mammal safari adventure across the globe. Meet live animals from around the world, see awesome mounted specimens from Africa, Asia, North and South America, and enjoy cool hands-on interactive exhibits designed to bring out the explorer in all of us. Mammal Safari is an original production of the Schiele Museum.
Nature Trail Geocache
Thursday, July 4, 2 - 4 PM
Type: Public Program
Bring your GPS device and join us for a geocache through the Backcountry Farm and Nature Trail - no experience necessary! Start inside with a GPS review before continuing on the Nature Trail to see what you can find! Reserve your spot by calling 704-866-6908.
Free Tuesday sponsored by Duke Energy - July
Tuesday, July 9, 4 - 8 PM
Type: Public Program
Enjoy a late afternoon at The Schiele free of charge! All the museum’s exhibits and Nature Trail will be available for your exploration. At 5 PM learn about the natural history and myths of turtles and meet some live turtles from across North America. Don’t miss a special showing of The Planets at 7 PM in the James H. Lynn Planetarium.
Clash of the Bots IV
Saturday July 13, 10 AM - 4 PM
Type: Public Program
The robots invade the Schiele Museum! Join the excitement as robots play hockey and clash together in all-out battles of finesse and brute strength. Discover how robots are built and how robotics increasingly plays a beneficial role in society. $3 in addition to museum admission.
Wild About Animals!
Saturday, July 27, 10 AM - 2 PM
Type: Public Program
Go behind the scenes of the museum to discover how the keepers care and train various animals. Learn about enrichment activities and help animal keepers prepare items for the animals to enjoy. Discover the special care that is needed to preserve the mounted animals in our collections. Visit with a taxidermist to learn how specimens are prepared for display. Enjoy displays, live animal encounters, and games throughout the day.
Engineers Academy Workshop Middle School Students
July 29 - August 2, 9 AM - 3 PM
Type: Student Workshop
Design and build your own amazing structures using engineering skills. Build a catapult, create a spinning top, test helicopter designs, and make a tower from popsicle sticks. Create a mini hovercraft, and then watch it fly across the floor! Test designs for structural efficiency, launch projectiles to test variables, and put your imagination to work. To register call Tony Pasour at 704-866-6919 or email tonyp@cityofgastonia.com. $120 Members / $135 Nonmembers
Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories
December 1 - February 28, Saturdays & Sundays, 1:30 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.