Nature Calls at the Museum for September 

The Honey Festival may be over for the year, but the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville (NCMNS) still has a lot to buzz about during the month of September. From the ground below to the stars up above, nature calls at the museum this month.

• Come out for the next Storytime on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 a.m. and read-aloud about trees. Stay afterwards for a hands-on nature exploration activity on the museum’s Tree Trail. This program is geared toward children ages 3-6 years old, but families with nature lovers of all ages are welcome. No registration is required for this event.

• Movies on Madison will have their final summer movie installment on Friday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. with the feature film “Moana.” Bring your chairs or blankets and get ready to have some fun.  

The museum lawn will be open at 6:30 p.m. for nature activities and the movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be available for sale onsite. In case of inclement weather, Movies on Madison will be moved indoors.

• There is much room to learn about mushrooms on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn about identification, examine some prepared mushroom spore prints and then paint their own. This is an ecoEXPLORE skills session geared toward children 5-12 years old, but anyone interested in the topic is invited to attend.

Registration is required. Visit  EcoExplore: Spore Printing Mycology Skills Session to sign up.   

• The Museum is partnering with the Columbus Council of the N.C. Reading Association for an evening under the stars with author Carolyn Bennett Frasier on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. Fraiser will be reading an excerpt from her new book called “Moon Tree.” Following the passage, the author will be available for a question-and-answer session and book signing. Kids can also participate in astronomy and sky-gazing activities at the event.

This free program will take place at the Country Corners Farm located at 7165 Peacock Road in Chadbourn.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information about any of the events, call 910.788.5100, or stop by 415 South Madison Street. 

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