Giving Season


By donating to The Schiele Museum’s Annual Fund you are helping the museum continue to inspire wonder and appreciation for science and the natural world. Since the 1960's The Schiele Museum has served the Gaston Country region and with your support will continue providing exceptional educational opportunities to the community.

What difference can your donation make to The Schiele Museum?

Your gift will assist with:

  • Caring for the live animals with their specialized diets and needs to keep them happy and healthy
  • Operations to keep the facility clean and useful for all museum happenings
  • Public programming that allows The Schiele Museum to provide quality, educational events for the public at a low cost
  • Supplies to support, maintain and assist the creative exhibitions that rotate throughout the year ensuring original, top-notch experiences for all ages and visitors
  • Program Development to ensure programs for our community's children, youth, and adults are educational and engaging when teaching about science and the natural world
  • Research for mycology, malacology, archeology, and entomology to support the global efforts to provide more in depth knowledge to the world in these fields
  • So much more! 

Your donation makes a difference. Thank you for inspiring wonder and appreciation for the natural world around us!

Outreach Classes



These small group lessons teach science through hands-on/minds-on activities and guided explorations. Sessions include opportunities for students to learn through scientific inquiry, examination, experimentation, and analysis. Maximum group size is one class of 25 students. Most classes last 50 minutes.

Gems & Minerals: Students use identification and sorting techniques to find, examine, and classify minerals. Treasure-seekers will use a running water sluice to find gemstones to keep. Best suited for grades: K, 1, 4, and 8.

Matter & Energy Lab: Conduct experiments and analyze demonstrations to learn about properties of matter and how they are effected by different forms of energy. Best suited for grades: 2, 3, and 7.

Animal Dissection: Examine internal structures, identify organs, and study their function. Choice of specimens: frog or squid. Best suited for grades: 5 and 7.

Soil & Water: Experiment with soils to discover their basic properties and components and why some soils are better for growing plants than others. Best suited for grades: 1 and 6.

Star Lab: Explore the Sun, Moon, planets, familiar constellations and interesting stars in our portable planetarium. Best suited for grades: 3 and 6.

Outreach Pricing

Fees and Scheduling

STEM Classes: .......................................... $110 each

STEM Presentations: ................................ $250 each

STEM Interactive Displays: ...................... $250 per event

Mileage: .................................................... $0.55 per mile beyond 50 miles from Gastonia

Overnight Fee (if required): ..................... $150 per night

Call 704.854.6676 for more information and scheduling


Exhibits Crew

Tony Pasour
Head of Interpretation
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Outreach Interactive Displays



These interactive tabletop displays are perfect for festivals, science nights, and community events. Displays showcase museum collections and resources and provide hands-on opportunities for students and other visitors. No limit on the amount of participants. Operation time based on your event needs.

Animal Adaptations: Learn about animal diversity and adaptations with live animals and preserved specimens.

Rocks, Minerals, & Fossils: Discover the vast world that lies beneath the surface. Museum collections highlight rocks, minerals, and fossils from across the world. 

Woodland Indians: See tools, containers, skins and other items made from natural resources that helped the Woodland Indians survive hundreds of years ago.


Gift Membership


'Tis the Season! Surprise your friends or family with a gift that lasts all year!


Outreach Presentations




These interactive programs showcase museum collections and resources in dynamic ways. Sessions include attention-grabbing demonstrations and opportunities for student participation to illustrate exciting natural science and history concepts. Maximum group size is 150 students. Most programs last one hour.

Animal Adaptations: Learn about the diversity of the animal kingdom and how animals use adaptations to survive in varying habitats. Program includes live and preserved specimens. Best suited for grades: K, 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8.

Woodland Indians: Discover how people survived in the Southeastern Woodlands 500 years ago, illustrated with items made from plants, animals and other natural resources. Best suited for grades: K, 2, and 4.

Weather: Find out how air, water, sunlight, and gravity combine to create Earth 's weather systems through dynamic demonstrations. Best suited for grades: 5 and 7.

Dirt Made My Lunch: Discover where food comes from, how to make healthy food choices, and the best ways to handle food waste through engaging demonstrations. Best suited for grades: 3, 6, and 8.


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