Museum Calendar Loaded for June

The iconic wicker bear at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will be featuring a multitude of animal education opportunities throughout the month of June. From reptiles in the murky deep to birds on the wing, it’s all about creatures and their habitats in the wild. 

Movies on Madison also returns to kick off the summer.   

On June 4, head out to the Jones Lake State Park in Elizabethtown as the museum celebrates Black Birders Week. Deja Perkins, urban ecologist and North Carolina State University Student, will be joining museum staff for a free fun filled as they lead bird walks from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and from 3-5 p.m. 
Perkins will also be giving a presentation called “Learning How Scientist Study Birds” at 1 p.m. She appeared on the museum’s podcast “Love Nature” in November 2020, and is breaking down barriers as a champion for environmental justice. To register for this free Black Birders Week event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blackbirdersweek2022-explore-jones-lake-tickets-343950243437. 

The second reptile and amphibian Herpetology field trip with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville will be on Friday, June 10, at 10 a.m. at the Lake Waccamaw State Park. The children will be taking a short hike to learn how to safely observe these animals in their natural habitats. 

ExoEXPLORE participants will earn extra points toward their Herpetology badge. Spaces are limited for this event, so those who are interested should sign-up at  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0dTIM9oCrrrnVVdKVjmtY6RD4uchySgTy7h95t7V1IAYOEw/viewform. 

Come join the museum for a read-aloud and nature exploration activity at the Second Saturday Storytime on June 10 at 10:30 a.m. Participants will be learning all about dinosaurs. This program is geared toward children ages 3-6 years old, but families who love nature and love to read are welcome to join. 

Second Saturday Storytime is a partnership with the Columbus Chapter of the 

N.C. Reading Association. No registration is required for this event.  

Did you know that North Carolina waters are home to five sea turtle species? Each year, they will nest on area shores from May to October. 

Join Museum staff virtually on Monday, June 13, at 4 p.m. to learn about the life of the sea turtle and conservation efforts going on to help this creature. 

EcoEXPLORE participants will earn points towards their Herpetology Badge. Register to attend the Zoom meeting “Sensational Sea Turtles” at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItceitpjMvHNEsMq08BRwKtyrlZCUjaNRP.  

Movies on Madison, is back on Friday, June 17. 

Visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville for a family movie night plus science activities. Bring your chairs or blankets and get ready to have some fun. Upcoming films include: 

“Bee Movie” on June 17 

“Finding Nemo” on July 15 

“Raya and the Last Dragon” on Aug. 19  

“Moana” on Sept. 16  

The museum’s lawn will be open at 8:00 p.m. for nature activities, and the feature presentation will begin at 8:30 p.m. Movies on Madison are free, and no registration is required. Refreshments will be available for sale onsite. 

For more information about any of the activities and events featured, call the Whiteville facility at 910.788.5100.

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