Education Program Guide

Our interactive programs are designed to promote student investigation and critical thinking. Led by a museum educator, programs include age-appropriate activities and encourage student participation. All museum programs meet learning standards outlined in North Carolina's Standard Course of Study.

How to Utilize the Imagination Station:

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Plan Your Visit

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Option 1 – Museum Visit
Groups that want to view the museum and not participate in a program are requested to notify the Imagination Station prior to their arrival date. Groups will self-guide through the museum. General admission will apply for the group:
Adults, students, & seniors: $5.00
Children 3 years and under: Free
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Option 2 – Museum Visit plus Student Programming
Explore ISSHM before or after your group participates in a scheduled program. Programs must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the arrival date. Groups can choose different programs to customize their trip. General admission to the museum is included in the program price. Discounts apply for groups booking more than 1 program. Pricing and student capacity can be found under each program description in this guide.
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Option 3 – Bring the museum to you with SHOW (Science and History On Wheels)
Field trips are not the only way to experience the Imagination Station. Let us come to you! No school bus required. Hubert-Vester Toyota of Wilson has generously provided the museum with a vehicle so science and history programs can come to your school, civic group, or family function. We will bring all materials needed to conduct exciting workshops, assembly programs, or discovery classes at your facility. For locations greater than 75 miles from ISSHM, there must be a minimum purchase of $310 in programs.

SHOW programs range in price from $110 to $170, depending on the program and number of students served. If you are interested in multiple programs, a discount will be applied to any additional programs that you select. Please note that SHOW pricing will also include mileage at $0.58 per mile. Mileage will not be charged for SHOWs within Wilson County.

Most programs offered at the museum are also offered through SHOW; if there are program exceptions, it is noted in the program description. Due to set-up requirements, we ask that all programs be conducted in the same room. Please call the Education Assistant at (252) 291-5113 x225 or email jjohnson@imaginescience.org to discuss SHOW programs and pricing.
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How to Book a Program

To Schedule a Program or for Questions:
Contact the museum by calling (252) 291-5113 x225 or by sending an email to jjohnson@imaginescience.org. You can also book field trips and SHOW trips online.

Registration Information We Will Need:
* School or organization name
* Contact person
* Site address, phone number, fax number
* Grade/age level
* Email address
* Arrival and departure times
* Number of children, adults, and bus drivers
* Program choices
* Date of visit

Group Minimum for a Program: The minimum to book a program is ten participants. If your group has fewer than ten participants, you will still have to pay for ten participants. Adults may be counted as participants.

Please note: ISSHM cannot hold a date for a group without an official booking. When your program is booked, we will email you a program invoice and confirmation. ISSHM will also issue a reminder phone call prior to your program date.
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Planning Your Visit

Admissions & Payment:
We accept cash, checks, Visa, and MasterCard credit cards. Payment is due no later than the day of the program and is the responsibility of the group leader. Groups will be required to pay the amount on their invoice, as well as for any additional guests. We are not able to issue refunds. Membership cards, AAA discounts, military discounts, and school system discounts may not be used with group rates. School purchase orders and billing requests cannot be accepted. If your group is visiting the museum on two or more days, separate payments are due each day.
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Chaperones:
ISSHM requires one chaperone for every ten students. Chaperones can be teachers, group leaders, assistants, administrators, or parents. Chaperones are responsible for the behavior and supervision of the group. Required chaperones and bus drivers receive free admission to ISSHM. Additional adults accompanying the group must be booked in advance, and their payment is due at the same time as the group’s payment.
Chaperones and adults are responsible for the behavior of their group and are required to supervise and stay with their students at all times during their visit or during Science and History On Wheels programs!
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Gift Shop:
The museum gift shop is located on the 1st floor of our museum. Children with an accompanying adult are encouraged to visit our gift shop during their museum visit. When visiting the gift shop, please limit your group to 10 children and 2 chaperones at a time.

Gift Bags – For your group’s convenience, we offer gift bags as an alternative to visiting the gift shop. Requests for gift bags must be made at least two weeks prior to your group’s arrival. Because bags are prepared for each order, groups will be responsible for the number of bags ordered. $4.25 per gift bag.
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Want to order lunch?

Looking for lunch for your field trip? Children’s meal packages start as low as $5.00. Please contact Chick-fil-A of Wilson at (252) 206-9862 or Say-Yum Deli at (252) 296-8083 to place your food order with a manager at least three days prior to your visit. All orders can be delivered to ISSHM.
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Program Revision, Cancellations, or No Shows:

Please review all confirmation materials carefully for accuracy and important information. If there are program revisions, changes to the number of attendees, or if the program must be cancelled, please notify ISSHM by phone three business days prior to your program; Monday - Friday, excluding holidays. You can contact the Education Assistant at (252) 291-5113 x225. A charge of $50.00 will be applied to organizations that make changes or cancel their program(s) after the deadline. Messages left on voicemail or email will not be accepted as invoice revisions or cancellations.
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Video Taping/Photographs: Recording and photographing of exhibits and programs is allowed. Be sure to share your experience on social media!
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If you do not see a program or topic you are interested in: Let us know. We would be happy to design a special program just for you. Many of our programs can be adapted to high school standards, fulfilling many competency goals in history and social studies.
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History Programs

Pre-K
School Age
Curriculum Standards Table
Workshops
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Pre-K History Programs

Our Pre-K history programs are educational presentations designed to accommodate audiences up to 100. Presentations focus on North Carolina History and include hands-on audience participation. Pre-K programs are designed for children 3 - 5 years of age. Programs are 30 - 45 minutes long.

A Pirate's Life for Me - Explore the golden age of piracy as we explore life on a ship, weaponry, and navigation techniques of the day using sextants, compasses, and maps. Students will learn about historic pirates of North Carolina.
$7 per person

Native Americans of the Coastal Plain– Students will learn about Native American life in eastern North Carolina. Topics discussed include diet, hunting, homes, and the social structure of Native American society. Students will have the opportunity to handle Native American artifacts from the Coastal Plain region.
$7 per person
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School Age History Programs

Our history programs are designed to teach your student to think like historians as they explore various time periods in North Carolina’s past. Programs are differentiated by grade level in accordance with NC Essential Standards.* Please specify if you would like certain standards addressed in our program. Presentations are action-packed and rely on volunteers from the audience. Programs are 45 minutes.


A Pirate's Life for Me– Come explore the Golden Age of Piracy as we take a look at life on a ship, weaponry, and use a sextant to navigate the seas from the Carolinas to the Caribbean. Students will learn about historic pirates of North Carolina.
K.C.1.2, K.C&G.1.2, K.G.1.1-K.G.1.3, 1.C&G.1.1-1.C&G.1.2; 1.E.1.1; 1.E.1.3; 1.G.1.1-1.G.1.3; 1.G.2.1-1.G.2.3; 2.C.1.2; 2.E.1.2-2.E.1.4; 2.G.1.1; 2; 2.H.1.1; 2.H.1.3; 3.E.1.1-3.E.1.2; 3.G.1.2-3.G.1.5; 3.H.1.1; 3.H.2.1-3.H.2.2; 4.E.1.1-4.E.1.4; 4.G.1.3; 4.H.1.2-4.H.1.4; 5.C.1.3-5.C.1.4; 5.H.1.2-5.H.1.2; 5.G.1.1
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person
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Digging in the Dirt: Archaeology & Paleontology – Learn about the past by exploring just below the surface. Students will learn the difference between archaeology and paleontology, the importance of context, and will examine different types of artifacts and fossils. Students will interpret archaeological sites, becoming junior paleontologists as they search for fossils of their own.
(Pre-K and up) K.C.1.2; K.G.1.3; K.H.1.1; K.H.1.3; K.L.1; 1.G.1.1-1.G.1.3; 1.G.2.1-1.G.2.3; 1.H.1.1; 1.L.1; 2.E.1.4; 2.G.1.1; 2.G.2.1; 2.H.1.1; 2.H.1.3; 2.L.1; 2.L.2.2; 3.C.1.3; 3.G.1.2; 3.G.1.4; 3.H.1.1; 3.H.1.3; 3.H.2.1-3.H.2.2; 3.E.1.1-3.E.1.2; 4.E.2; 4.G.1.1; 4.G.1.3; 4.H.1.3; 4.L.1; 5.C.1.2; 5.G.1.1; 5.L.2; 5.L.3
Serves up to 30 people
$9 per person
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Life in the Blue and The Gray – Learn what life was like for soldiers on both sides during the Civil War. Students will get a close up view of uniforms and supplies while learning about living conditions, food, and how soldiers dealt with the stress of war.
4.C.1.1; 4.E.1.1-4.E.1.4; 4.G.1.2-4.G.1.3; 4.H.1.2-4.H.1.4; 5.C.1.3-5.C.1.4; 5.G.1.1; 5.H.1.2
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person
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Life in Colonial North Carolina - Explore what life was like for the first North Carolinians. The program will focus on colonial society, clothing, jobs, diet, government, religion, and relationships with Native Americans. 4.C.1.1-4.C.1.2; 4.C&G.1.3; 4.E.1.3-4.E.1.4; 4.G.1.2-4.G.1.3; 4.H.1.2-4.H.1.4; 5.C.1.1-5.C.1.4; 5.E.1.1; 5.G.1.1-5.G.1.2; 5.G.1.4; 5.H.1.1-5.H.1.3
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person
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Looking at History – Using Wilson, NC as an example, students will look at historic maps and photographs to see how towns, houses, stores, and transportation have changed since the mid-1900s. A walking tour with a visual scavenger hunt will start at the museum and highlight changes to the town and buildings over time. (4th grade and up) *Only offered at the museum. *4.H.1.3; 4.H.2.1
Serves up to 30 people
$7 per person
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Know Your Rights – Using actual desegregation case studies from eastern N.C., students will use our courtroom to hold a mock civil rights trial. Students will be asked to act as judge, school district administrators, parents and students in a trial concerning school integration. (7th grade and up) *6.H.1.2- 6.H.1.3; 6.H.2.2- 6.H.2.4; 7.H.1.2 – 7.H.1.3; 8.H.1.2 – 8.H.1.4; 8.H.2.2 – 8.H.2.3; 8.H.3.3 – 8.H.3.4; 8.C&G.1.1; 8.C&G.1.3 – 8.C&G.1.4; 8.C&G.2.1 – 8.C&G.2.3
Serves up to 30 people
$7 per person
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Native Americans of the Coastal Plain – Students will learn about Native American life in eastern North Carolina. Topics discussed include diet, hunting, homes, and the tribal social structure. We will study the Tuscarora tribe and how it was affected by the arrival of European settlers. Students will have the opportunity to handle Native American artifacts from the Coastal Plain region. K.C.1.2; K.E.1.1; K.G.2.2; K.H.1.1; K.H.1.3; 1.C.1.1; 1.E.1.3;1.G.1.1-1.G.1.3; 1.G.2.1-1.G.2.3; 1.H.1.1-1.H.1.2; 2.G.2.1-2.G.2.2; 2.H.1.1; 3.C.1.1; 3.E.1.1-3.E.1.2; 3.G.1.3-3.G.1.4; 3.H.1.1-3.H.1.2; 3.H.2.1-3.H.2.2; 4.C.1.1-4.C.1.2; 4.H.1.1;4.H.1.3-4.H.1.4; 5.C.1.1-5.C.1.4; 5.G.1.1; 5.G.1.4; 5.H.1.1-5.H.1.3
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person
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North Carolina Agriculture - Historically, agriculture has been one of the driving forces in North Carolina's economy and culture. Students will learn about the various crops that are grown in the eastern part of the state and the impact that agriculture has had on the region economically, socially, and environmentally. 4.C.1.1; 4.E.1.1-4.E.1.4; 4.G.1.1-4.G.1.4; 4.H.1.2-4.H.1.4; 4.H.2.2; 5.C.1.3; 5.E.1.1-5.E.1.2; 5.G.1.1-5.G.1.4; 5.H.1.1-5.H.1.3
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person
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North Carolina Folkways - Life in rural North Carolina can be a little bit different than in the big city. In this program, we will take a look at the cultural significance of rural North Carolina. Topics include folk remedies, art, music, and storytelling. 4.C.1.1-4.C.1.2; 4.G.1.3- 4.G.1.4; 5.C.1.1-C.1.4; 5.G.1.2-5.G.1.4
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person
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North Carolina Landscape - Compared to other states, North Carolina has a very diverse landscape and culture, thanks to three regions that make up our state. Students will learn about the geography and geology of our state and how they play an important role in our culture, economy, and history. 4.C.1.1; 4.E.1.1; 4.E.1.3; 4.G.1.1-4.G.1.3; 4.H.1.2; 5.G.1.1-5.G.1.4; 5.H.1.2
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person
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Spinning and Weaving- Where do our clothes come from? Learn the basics of textile history and production in this hands-on class. Students will learn to weave on the museum’s 100 year old loom and on a modern floor loom, and to spin wool with a hand spindle and a spinning wheel. (4th grade and up)
Serves up to 12 people
$10 per person
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History Workshops

We are excited to now offer history workshops. Workshops enhance the learning experience by enabling participants to create a detailed project within a longer program time period. Workshops require a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 participants. They are 1 ½ hours in duration. The cost is $15 per student for programs here at the museum. SHOW prices are listed below the program description.

Digging into Our Past - Take an in depth look into the science of archaeology to discover the human past. Students learn about survey methods, proper documentation, how to identify artifacts, how to date sites, mapping, and the importance of context. Activities in this workshop include interpreting sites and artifact classification.
Serves up to 30 people
$200 SHOW
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Introduction to Genealogy - Where did our ancestors come from? In this class, we will discuss the many ways to discover our family tree. We will cover topics to help researchers get started, including Internet sources, courthouse records, archival research, and how to ensure the information is correct. This workshop is recommended for 8th grade to adults.
Serves up to 30 people
$200 SHOW
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Advanced Research Skills- Designed for high school students, this workshop will allow participants to get a head start on college level research. Students will learn about various information resources, the differences between primary and secondary sources, and proper citation.
Serves up to 30 people
$170 SHOW
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Spinning and Loom Weaving – Learn to weave on our 100 year old barn loom and on a modern floor loom. Students will help weave a rag rug and learn to spin wool with a hand spindle and a spinning wheel. For students ages 10 and up.
Serves up to 12 people
$200 SHOW
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NC Standard Course of Study

Our staff takes great care to consider the NC Standard Course of Study for both science and social studies. The table indicates curriculum objectives met by our programs for Pre-K and grades K through 8th.

Digging in the DirtK1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th
NC Agriculture
NC Folk WaysK1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th
NC Landscapes4th5th6th7th8th
Life in the Blue and the Gray4th5th6th7th8th
Life in Colonial NC4th5th6th7th8th
Looking at History2nd3rd4th6th7th8th
Know Your Rights6th7th8th
Native AmericansPre-kK1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th
PiratesPre-KK1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th
Spinning & Weaving5th6th7th8th



Science Programs

Pre-K
School Age
Curriculum Standards Table
Workshops
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Pre-K Science Programs

Our preschool programs are designed to introduce children to variety of scientific topics and ideas through hands-on and interactive learning. Programs are 30 – 45 minutes long.

Animal Encounters – Meet our live animals as we talk about adaptation, classification, food, habitats, and more! Students will see live animals up close and have the opportunity to touch one of the species at the conclusion of the program.
$7 per person
Serves up to 100 people

Bubble Science – Why do bubbles float and pop? Make your own bubble blower and test your bubbles in stations to discover what makes a bubble pop…or not!
$9 per person
Serves up to 30 people
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Bugs, Bugs, Bugs - Uncover the world of insects. Learn what differentiates insects from other animals as we look at how they eat, crawl, fly, and more! We will turn one special child into their favorite bug, so watch out!
$7 per person
Serves up to 100 people
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Building Projects with the Three Little Pigs - In this hands-on program and puppet play, students will compare a variety of building materials as they build their own pig homes with Keva planks. The Big Bad Wolf, our building inspector, will then test the strength of their structures.
$7 per person
Serves up to 20 people
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Colors of the Rainbow – What colors do you see around you? Uncover the wonderful world of light and rainbows as we explore primary colors. You will mix and shake your own colors.
$9 per person
Serves up to 30 people
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Diary of a Worm – Get ready to squirm and crawl into the lives of worms as we use story time to teach about these small creatures and why we need them!
$7 per person
Serves up to 30 people
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Dynamic Dinosaurs- Step back in time and learn about these amazing prehistoric creatures! Students will learn about paleontology as they explore what fossils can tell us about dinosaurs. We will look at also look at examples of common dinosaurs and the special features that helped them to survive the Mesozoic time period. The program will conclude with students making a dinosaur rubbing to take home.
$7 per person
$110 SHOW
Serves up to 30 people
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Fur, Tails, and Scales– Why do some animals have fur and some have scales? Why do some hop and others crawl? You will learn this and more while interacting with our live animals. It will bring out the animal lover in you.
$7 per person
$110 SHOW
Serves up to 100 people
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Magnet Mania – Stick together with magnets! We will push and pull our way to discover what is attracted or repelled by testing our magnets against different kinds of materials.
$7 per person
$110 SHOW
Serves up to 30 people
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Pop, Fizz, Wow! - This exciting program explores the world of chemical reactions. We will make elephant toothpaste, fill balloons with various gases and compare their weights, and make our own carbon dioxide!
$7 per person
Serves up to 30 people
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Tree homes - Why does a tree make a good home? Students will learn about some animals that make their homes in trees. This lesson includes an owl pellet dissection, in which students can observe and help recreate an owl meal.
$9 per person
Serves up to 20 people
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School Age Science Classes

Our science programs are designed to teach your students to think like scientists as they hypothesize and experiment in our classes. Programs are differentiated by grade level in accordance with NC Essential Standards.* Please specify if you would like certain standards addressed in our program. Presentations are action-packed and rely on volunteers from the audience. Programs are 45 minutes.

Biology & Life Science
Physical Science Assemblies
Earth Science
Dissections
Science on a Spere ®
Star Lab
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Biology & Life Science Classes


Animal Encounters – Meet our live animals as we talk about adaptation, classification, food, habitats, and more. Students will get to see live animals up close and have the opportunity to touch one of the species at the conclusion of the program. K.L.1; 1.L.1.1; 1.L.1.2; 1.L.2.2; 2.L.1.1; 2.L.2.1; 2.L.2.2; 3.L.1.2; 4.L.1.2; 4.L.1.4; 5.L.2.2; 6.L.2.1
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Dynamic Dinosaurs- Venture back into prehistoric times as we study the some of the most amazing creature to ever walk the earth, dinosaurs! Students will think like paleontologists as they learn about extinct animals through fossil remains. K.P.1.1, K.P.1.2, K.P.2.1, K.L.1.1, K.L.1.2; 1.E.2.1; 1.L.1.1; 1.L.2.2; 2.L.1.1; 2.L.2.1; 4.E.2.1-4.E.2.3; 4.L.1.1; 5.L.3.1; 8.E.2.1 ; 8.E.2.2; 8.L.4.1
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Forensics: Case of the Murdered Mayor - Using deductive reasoning and keen observational skills, students assume the role of crime scene investigators to solve a crime using blood typing (using synthetic blood samples) and track impressions. This class is recommended for grades 4 and up. 4.P.1; 4.P.2; 5.P.2.3; 5.L.2; 8.L.4
Serves up to 30 people
$10 per person

Green Plants - This program takes a close look at plants, including their anatomy, the process of photosynthesis, and how plants populate the world. Meet some special plants that are adapted to challenging environments, including a Venus Flytrap. 1.L.1.1; 1.L.1.2; 1.L.2.1; 2.L.2.1; 3.L.2.1-3.L.2.4; 5.L.2.1; 6.L.1.1; 6.L.1.2; 6.L.2.1; 6.L.2.2
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Hydroponics – From seeds to weeds, plants are one of the most important living things on Earth. Students will investigate how we can grow plants faster, with less disease, and without soil. They will create their own hydroponic system and receive a follow-up lesson to take home. 1.L.1.1; 1.L.1.2; 1.L.2.1; 3.L.2.1 – 3.L.2.3
Serves up to 30 people
$10 per person

Life Cycles - Animals experience many changes during their lifespan. Some animals just get bigger, while others completely change through metamorphosis. In this program students will learn the various lifecycles of animals. K.L.1.2, 1.L.1.2, 2.L.1, 2.L.2, 3.L.2; 4.L.1.1; 4.L.1.2; 4.L.1.4; 5.L.3
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Insect World – What makes an insect an insect? In this program we will investigate the largest group of animals on the planet (75% of known species). We will even turn a student into one of our six-legged friends to discover how insects see, fly, eat, and move. K.L.1.1; K.L.1.2; 1.L.1.1 - 1.L.1.3; 1.L.2.2; 2.L.1.1; 2.L.1.2
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Reptile Discovery – Discover the world of turtles, lizards, snakes, and more. Find out how the reptile phylum is unique among animals. K.L.1; 1.L.1.1; 1.L.1.2; 1.L.2.2; 2.L.1.1; 2.L.2.1; 2.L.2.2; 3.L.1.2; 4.L.1.2; 4.L.1.4; 5.L.2.2; 6.L.2.1
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Sea Shells by the Sea Shore- As you walk on the beach, do you ever wonder what types of animals call those shells home? In this program we will investigate different types of mollusks and how scientists classify them. Students will prepare a dichotomous key as they learn how to properly identify various mollusk shells. K.L.1.1; K.L.1.2; 1.L.2.2; 2.L.2.2; 4.E.2.1; 4.E.2.2; 4.L.1.1; 5.L.1.2; 5.L.2.1-5.L.2.3; 8.E.1.2; 8.E.1.3
Serves up to 30 people
$9 per person

Shark! - Dive in as we learn about the ocean’s apex predators, sharks. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about these misunderstood fish. We will look at diversity within shark species, prehistoric sharks, why they have SO many teeth, why sharks sometimes bite people and more! K.L.1.1; K.L.2.1; 1.L.1.1-1.L.1.3; 2.L.1.1.; 2.L.2.1; 2.L.2.2; 3.L.1.1; 4.E.2.1-4.E.2.3; 4.L.1.1-4.L.1.4
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Wild Carolina – Explore our own backyard with us as we examine the wildlife of North Carolina. Students will learn how to identify the skulls, skins, and scat of various NC wildlife species. Great Envirothon training! *6.L.2.1; 8.L.3.1 - 8.L.3.3
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Whooo’s Food– What did you eat yesterday? Did you catch it? In the game of predator and prey, someone has to lose. Investigate the food chain and dissect an owl pellet to see whooo’s been eaten! *1.L.2.2; 3.L.1.1; 4.L.1.1; 4.L.1.2; 5.L.2.2; 5.L.2.3; 6.L.2.1; 8.L.3.1; 8.L.3.2; 8.L.3.3; 8.L.5.1; 8.L.5.2
Serves up to 30 people
$10 per person

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Physical Science Assemblies


Acids vs Bases - With the exception of water, every known liquid is either an acid or a base. In this chemistry lab, students will learn the differences between acids and bases. Then we will explore their uses through scientific experimentation. *3.P.2.2; 8.P.1.3
Serves up to 30 people
$9 per person

Big Chill – Explore the world of cryogenics during this chilling presentation. Students will watch nitrogen boil and we will end the program with a sweet treat! Due to the dissipation rate of the liquid nitrogen this program is only offered from March until November. *2.P.2.1; 2.P.2.2; 3.P.2.1 - 3.P.2.3; 3.P.3.1; 3.P.3.2; 4.P.1.1; 4.P.1.2; 4.P.2.1; 5.P.2.3; 6.P.2.1; 6.P.2.2; 6.P.3.1; 6.P.3.3; 7.E.1.1; 8.P.1.1
Serves up to 30 people
$11 per person

Catch the Wave– Pump up the volume! We will explore sound through interactive demonstrations of vibrations, pitch, and volume. *2.P.1.1; 2.P.1.2; 4.P.3.1; 4.P.3.2; 6.P.1.1 – 6; P. 1.3; 6.P.3.2
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Circuit Time – How does a light bulb work? What does the inside of a battery look like? Discover the answers as we design and build circuits using components such as wires, batteries, bulbs, and buzzers. *4.P.1.1; 4.P.1.2; 6.P.3.1; 7.P.2.1 – 7.P.2.3; 8.P.1.3; 8.P.1.3
Serves up to 30 people
$9 per person

Deep Freeze – This is by far the “coolest” program we offer! At -321°F, fascinating things begin to happen as objects bend and shatter. Students will assist us as we see how different objects react to the extreme cold of liquid nitrogen. Due to the dissipation rate of the liquid nitrogen, this program is only offered from March until November. *3.P.1.1; 3.P.2.1 - 3.P.2.3; 3.P.3.2; 4.P.2.1; 5.P.3.1; 5.P.3.2; 6.P.2.1; 6.P.2.2; 6.P.3.1; 6.P.3.3; 7.E.1.1; 8.P.1.1
Serves up to 100 people
$10 per person
$170 SHOW

Fun with Polymers – Hop on the chemistry chain and explore polymers! Hands-on experiments will show how polymers are an important part of our everyday world. Discussion includes states of matter, atoms, mixtures, and synthetic versus natural polymers. Students will be able to make a bouncy polymer of their own to take home. *2.P.2.1; 3.P.2.1; 3.P.2.2; 5.P.2.3; 6.P.2.1
Serves up to 30 people
$9 per person

Magnets and Magnetism – We will attract and repel our way through this class as we take a look at electrical charges, electrical discharge, and poles. *1.P.1.1 – 1.P.1.3; 4.P.1.1; 4.P.1.2; 4.P.3.1
Serves up to 30 people
$7 per person

Phenomenal Physics – What makes an object move? It is all a matter of physics! We will use Newton’s Laws of Physics to explore forces, motion, and gravity. *1.P.1.1; 1.P.1.3; 3.P.1.1 - 3.P.1.3; 3.P.3.1; 3.P.3.2; 5.P.1.1 – 5.P.1.4; 7.P.1.1; 7.P.1.2; 7.P.2.1 - 7.P.2.4;
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Pop, Fizz, BOOM! – In one of our most popular programs, we will explore the properties of matter. Volunteers will assist us with experiments that look for physical and chemical changes, as well as endothermic and exothermic reactions. In each experiment we will test the gas produced by observing how it reacts with fire. Even the teachers will have a blast with this program! *2.P.2.1 - 2.P.2.3; 3.P.2.1 - 3.P.2.3; 3.P.3.2; 4.P.2.1; 5.P.3.1; 5.P.3.2; 6.P.2.1; 6.P.3.1; 7.E.1.1; 8.P.1.1 - 8.P.1.4
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Simple Machines – Through hands-on demonstration, we will learn the physics behind simple machines and how they “lift, crank, and pull” to make our lives easier. *7.P.2.4
Serves up to 30 people
$7 per person

Super Subs - Dive with us under the sea as we explore the science of submersibles. In this class we will discuss how physics has made it possible for us to explore the world beneath the waves. We will experiment with various objects to test their buoyancy. Students will work in groups to make their own submersible craft and test to see how it dives and surfaces. *3.E.2.1; 5.P.1.1; 6.P.2.3
Serves up to 30 people
$9 per person

Watt’s Current – An electrifying demonstration awaits you! Observe the power of electricity and learn the history of its use as we explore conductors, insulators, currents, voltage, and static electricity using a Van de Graaf generator. *4.P.1.1; 4.P.1.2; 4.P.3.1; 6.P.3.1; 7.P.2.1 - 7.P.2.3
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

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Earth Science Classes


Earth Rocks – Did you know rocks and minerals have many uses in our daily lives? We will identify the rock cycle as we classify rocks and minerals based on their physical properties. 1.E.2.1; 1.E.2.2; 4.E.2.3; 6.E.2.1; 6.E.2.2; 7.E.1.1; 8.P.2.1; 8.P.2.2
Serves up to 30 people
$9 per person

Digging in the Dirt: Archaeology & Paleontology – Learn about the past by exploring just below the surface. Students will learn the difference between archaeology and paleontology and the importance of context as they examine different types of artifacts and fossils. The program will conclude as students hunt for fossils in matrix from the Miocene epoch. Students will be able to keep their finds! (Pre-K and up) *K.C.1.2; K.G.1.3; K.H.1.1; K.H.1.3; K.L.1; 1.G.1.1-1.G.1.3; 1.G.2.1-1.G.2.3; 1.H.1.1; 1.L.1; 2.E.1.4; 2.G.1.1; 2.G.2.1; 2.H.1.1; 2.H.1.3; 2.L.1; 2.L.2.2; 3.C.1.3; 3.G.1.2; 3.G.1.4; 3.H.1.1; 3.H.1.3; 3.H.2.1-3.H.2.2; 3.E.1.1-3.E.1.2; 4.E.2; 4.G.1.1; 4.G.1.3; 4.H.1.3; 4.L.1; 5.C.1.2; 5.G.1.1; 5.L.2; 5.L.3; 8.E.2.1 ; 8.E.2.2; 8.L.4.1
Serves up to 30 people
$9 per person

Fossil Forensics - In this class students will learn how paleontologists learn from fossils. Students will be taught how to properly identify various fossils and learn what these fossils can tell us. Topics include size, diet, injuries, and more. (4th grade and up) 4.E.2.1- 4.E.2.3; 4.L.1.1- 4.l.1.2; 5.L.2.2 - 5.L.2.3; 8.E.2.1 - 8.E.2.2; 8.L.3.1 - 8.L.3.2; 8.L.4.1 - 8.L.4.2
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

Scoop on Soil – Time to get dirty! Students will investigate the physical properties of soil. Make a soil sample to take back to the classroom! *1.E.2.2; 3.L.2.4; 4.E.2.3; 6.E.2.3; 6.E.2.4; 8.P.2.1; 8.P.2.2
Serves up to 30 people
$10 per person

Micro-Fossils - In this class we focus on the tiniest fossils, which are often overlooked over because they are so very small. Students will learn why micro-fossils are important to paleontologists as they search for their own micro-fossils. (3rd grade and up) *4.E.2.1 – 4.E.2.3; 4.L.1.1 – 4.L.1; 5.L.2.2- 5.L.2.3; 8.E.2.1 – 8.E.2.2; 8.L.3.1 – 8.L.3.2; 8.L.4.1 – 8.L.4.2
Serves up to 30 people
$9 per person

Weather-Or-Not – Warning, brace yourself for a “hair-raising” experience as we uncover how weather works. We will explore why weather happens and the various types of weather we experience. Students will participate in demonstrations that explore rainbows, wind, the water cycle, cloud formations, tornadoes, lightning, and more! *2.E.1.1 - 2.E.1.4; 3.P.2.1; 5.P.2.1 - 5.P.2.3; 5.E.1.1 – 5.E.1.3; 7.E.1.2 - 7.E.1.6
Serves up to 100 people
$7 per person

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Dissection Classes


Dissection classes allow students to investigate the internal and external anatomy of various species of animals. The program will begin with an introduction to the particular species and its phylum. Students will then be led by an educator as they dissect their specimen.

We ask that you please book dissection programs 2 weeks in advance to guarantee that specimens are available. A minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 30 students are required per class. Please be sure all students wear closed toed shoes. Programs range from 60-90 minutes. Many of our dissection programs pair well with select Discovery Classes, making excellent in-depth workshops. *7.L.1.4; 7.L.1.3


Squid Dissection—Students investigate the external and internal anatomy of squid in this introductory dissection. We will also explore other cephalopods and discuss predator – prey relationships. This program is 60 minutes.
$12 per participant

Shark Dissection—Come face to face with one of the most feared and misunderstood creatures in the sea, the shark. Students will receive a general overview of this diverse group of fish and learn the truth behind the terrifying shark encounters we hear about every summer. Participants will dissect a spiny dogfish shark, which are usually around 3 feet in length. Dissections often reveal the shark’s last meal, and occasionally that the shark was pregnant. This program is 90 minutes.
$14 per participant

Snake Dissection—Get to know these slithery reptiles as we explore characteristics of reptiles and how snakes have adapted to life without limbs. Students will dissect a non-venomous snake. This program is 90 minutes.
$15 per participant

Skate Dissection – In this dissection class we will examine this stealthy member of the chondrichtheys class. Students will learn the differences between stingrays and skates. In this class students will dissect a clearnose skate. This program is 90 minutes.
$14 per participant

Mollusks Dissection – Join us as we take a look at the 2nd largest group of invertebrates, the mollusks. Students will learn the various classifications of these shelled creatures and dissect a clam. This program is 60 minutes.
$12 per participant

Arthropod Dissection – In this dissection class we will explore the largest phylum in all of the animal kingdom. We will look beyond the “creepy crawly” to revel a diverse and amazing group of animals. Students will dissect a crayfish and a grasshopper. This program is 60 minutes.
$14 per participant

Marine Invertebrates – Dive in as we explore the world of marine invertebrates. Students will find the internal and external anatomy of these spineless creatures amazing. Three species will be dissected and examined in this lab - a sponge, a sea star, and a jellyfish. This program is 60 minutes.
$12 per participant

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Science on a Sphere ® Discovery Programs


Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a six foot diameter sphere that illustrates earth system science using data from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). SOS can display global storms, track tsunami waves, show us real-time weather, and it can also be made to display planets, moons, and even the sun. If you would like us provide a more detailed focus on any of the programs listed below, we can customize the program given at least three days notice. Worksheets for students will be handed out with each program.

$7 per person; includes museum admission
Each program is approximately 30 minutes.
Minimum 10; Maximum 40


Plate Tectonics: Using our Science on a Sphere, students learn about plate tectonics by examining plate boundaries and the geologic activity that occurs there. Students will become familiar with the theory of continental drift, plate movements, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and deep sea vents.

Space and the Solar System: With SOS we can take a tour of space without having to leave the museum. Students will learn about the sun, planets, and select moons that make up our solar system. In addition, we will explore deep space by looking at galaxies, exoplanets, stars and constellations.

Weather: NOAA’s Science on a Sphere is an amazing tool for learning about, discussing, and discerning weather and weather patterns on our globe. Watch real-time satellite weather on the sphere, follow air currents, and observe fronts and storms brewing.

Air Chemistry: Learn about our atmosphere and the gases that compose it. This program will focus on both natural and manmade gases in our atmosphere and how they are distributed across the globe by air currents. Students will walk away with an understanding of how pollution affects the earth and how the condition of our atmosphere affects the weather, climate, and ecosystems.

Oceanography: Water covers 71% of the earth’s surface, yet less than 5% has been explored. Join us as we take a look at what’s beneath the surface of earth’s oceans. Topics covered include marine life, currents, water temperature, and the sea floor. Students will gain an understanding of how the oceans are a delicate yet vital ecosystem.


Star Lab


The sky is NOT the limit! Discover the stars above us in our mobile planetarium! Maximum size per class is 24 students.

For SHOW programs, Star Lab requires a 25x25 foot space, a ceiling clearance of 14 feet, and electricity. A minimum of two Star Labs are required for Science and History on Wheels bookings.

Solar Safari – We will take a safari through our universe as we learn about planets, constellations, galaxies, solar systems, gravitational forces, and more! We will also discuss the relative motion and position of the sun, Earth, moon, and how they affect our seasons; tides, moon phases and eclipses. *1.E.1.1; 1.E.1.2; 3.P.1.3; 4.E.1.1; 4.E.1.2; 6.E.1.1 - 6.E.1.3

Greek Mythologies & Constellations – Have you ever connected the stars in the night sky? Learn about different cultures across the world as we take a look at the constellations and the stories behind them. (3rd grade and up) *1.E.1.1; 1.E.1.2; 3.P.1.3; 4.E.1.1; 4.E.1.2; 6.E.1.1 – 6.E.1.3


Workshops


We are excited to offer science workshops. Workshops enhance the learning experience by enabling participants to create a detailed project within a longer program period. Workshops require a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 participants. They are 1 ½ hours in duration. The cost is $15 per student for programs here at the museum. Contact the museum for workshop SHOW pricing.

Physics

SOAR With Physics – Rocket out of this world! We will start with our Phenomenal Physics program to explain all about Newton’s Law of Motion, then move outside for our very own rocket launch! The rocket launch will require space in a field and is weather dependent. Only available as a SHOW program. *1.P.1.1; 1.P.1.3; 3.P.1.1 - 3.P.1.3; 3.P.3.1; 3.P.3.2; 5.P.1.1 – 5.P.1.4; 6.P.3.2; 6.P.3.3; 7.P.1.1; 7.P.1.2; 7.P.2.1 - 7.P.2.4

Trebuchets and Physics – It’s War – The trebuchet was the ultimate artillery weapon of the medieval period and early Renaissance. It is a large machine that employs the laws of physics to lob great weights over castle walls and onto the enemy. Students will work in pairs to build their own trebuchet and use physics to create the ultimate war machine. Designed for grades 5+. *7.P.1.1 – 7.P.1.3; 7.P.2.1 – 7.P.2.4

Water Rockets - We will learn basic aeronautics as students design their own water rockets. The playground will become a launch pad as we let our rockets fly! Topics include forces and motion, gravity, friction, mass, Newton’s Laws of Mechanics, and potential and kinetic energy. This program will be customized to the grade level of students in attendance. *1.P.1.1; 1.P.1.3 ; 3.P.1.1 - 3.P.1.3; 3.P.3.1; 5.P.1.1 - 5.P.1.4; 7.P.1.2; 7.P.2.1; 7.P.2.4

Earth Science


Becoming a Paleontologist - In this workshop, we will take a deeper look into the work of the paleontologist. We will discuss the science of paleontology, how fossils are made, and we will examine species of prehistoric life. Students will participate in an activity that teaches how to properly identify fossils, determine the size of a Megalodon shark, and make a cast fossil of their own. *4.E.2.1 – 4.E.2.3, 4.L.1.1 – 4.L.1, 5.L.2.2- 5.L.2.3, 8.E.2.1 – 8.E.2.2, 8.L.3.1 – 8.L.3.2, 8.L.4.1 – 8.L.4.2

Rocks Rock! – In this extended version of Earth Rocks, students will learn the three ways rocks are made; sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. Students learn basic rock identification and conduct streak and hardness tests on various specimens. *1.E.2.1; 1.E.2.2; 4.E.2.3; 6.E.2.1; 6.E.2.2; 7.E.1.1; 8.E.2.1; 8.E.2.2; 8.P.2.1; 8.P.2.2

STEM Engineering Workshops


Aerospace Engineering - Blast Off: Engine Rockets! Students in 6th - 8th grade will learn about airspeed, nosecones, fins, and Newton's Law of Motion. Students in 9th - 12th grade will learn about all of the above in addition to aircraft trajectory, lift, and velocity. (6th - 12th grades) *6.P.3.2; 6.P.3.3; 7.P.1.1 – 7.P.1.3; 7.P.2.1; 7.P.2.3

Alaskan Pipeline Challenge - Students will have fun and be challenged as they build their own Alaskan pipeline while meeting material constraints and avoiding environmental obstacles. Students will learn about the engineering design process and how to apply it to a real-life civil engineering project. . (4th - 12th grades) *6.P.1.1; 6.P.3.1; 7.P.1.1; 7.P.1.2; 7.P.2.1 – 7.P.2.4

Biomedical Engineering - Learn about the fascinating field of biomedical engineering as your team builds models of hearts and/or arms. Students will learn the difference between hydraulic and pneumatic systems. (6th - 12th grades) *7.P.1.1; 7.P.1.2; 7.P.2.1; 7.P.2.2

Environmental Engineering - Follow the path of a raindrop, learn about watersheds, runoff, and pollution through our Earth system model. Students will apply what they learn to develop a layout for their own town and observe the effects of pollution after rain. (6th - 12th grades) *8.E.1.1 – 8.E.1.4

Wind Turbines and Green Energy - Students will learn the meaning and importance of clean and green energy. They will learn how wind energy is harnessed, as well as its advantages and disadvantages. Working in groups of three or four, students will design and build their own wind turbines. There will be a final competition measuring wind energy outputs using volt meters. (4th - 12th grades) *1.P.1; 3.P.1; 3.P.3; 4.P.1; 4.P.3; 5.P.1; 5.E.1.3; 6.P.3; 7.P.1; PSC, EEN

Forensics: Murder Mystery! - Using deductive reasoning and keen observational skills, students attempt to solve a murder using traditional forensic methods: fingerprinting, hair analysis using a microscope, tire track impression analysis, blood typing using synthetic blood forensic and entomology. Students work in teams to complete an investigation report. This class is recommended for 4th grade and up. *2.L.1; 4.P.1; 4.P.2; 5.P.2.3; 5.L.2; 8.L.4

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NC Standard Course of Study


Our staff takes great care to consider the NC Standard Course of Study for science. The table indicates curriculum objectives met by our programs for Pre-K and grades K through 8th.

Aerospace Engineering:
Blast Off – Rockets!
6th7th
Acids vs Bases3rd8th
Acids vs Bases
Animal EncountersPre-KK1st2nd3rd4th5th6th
Become a Paleontologist4th5th
Big Chill2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th
Bio Medical Engineering8th
Bubble SciencePre-KK
Bugs, Bugs, BugsPre-K
Catch the Wave2nd4th6th
Circuit Time4th7th8th
Civil Engineering 6th7th
Colors of the RainbowPre-K1st
Deep Freeze2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th
Diary of a WormPre-K
Digging in the DirtK1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th
Dynamic DinosaursPre-K
Dino-Mite Dinosaurs!K1st2nd4th5th8th
Dissection Classes7th
Earth Rocks1st4th6th8th
Environmental Engineering8th
Forensics:
Case of the Murdered Mayor
4th5th8th
Forensics: Murder Mystery! 4th5th8th
Fossil Forensics4th5th8th
Fun with Polymers2nd3rd5th6th
Fur, Scales, and TailsPre-K
Greek Mythology and Constellations 1st3rd4th6th
Hydroponics1st3rd
Insect WorldK1st2nd
Life Cycles K1st2nd3rd4th5th
Magnet ManiaPre-K
Magnets & Magnetism1st4th
Micro Fossils4th5th8th
Phenomenal Physics1st3rd5th7th
Pop, Fizz, BOOM!2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th
Reptile DiscoveryK1st2nd3rd4th5th6th
Rocks Rock!1st4th6th7th8th
Sea Shells by the Sea ShoreK1st2nd4th5th8th
Scoop On Soil1st3rd4th5th6th8th
Shark!K1st2nd3rd4th
Simple Machines7th
SOAR with Physics1st3rd5th6th7th
Solar Safari1st3rd4th6th
Super Subs5th6th
Trebuchets & Physics5th7th8th
Water Rockets1st3rd5th7th
Watt’s Current4th6th7th
Weather-Or-Not2nd3rd5th7th
Whooo’s Food?1st3rd4th5th6th8th
Wild Carolina6th8th
Wind Turbines1st3rd4th5th6th7th


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Educator Treks


Join our education staff as we venture out into the field and gain hands on experience in various fields of science. This classes are usually weather dependent, so please have at least one backup date in mind when signing up. Educator treks are great experiences for all age groups.
Fossil Expedition – Travel back in time as we go on the hunt for the remains of prehistoric animals. On our fossil expedition, participants will meet our museum staff at a popular fossil hunting location in Greenville, NC. Participants will learn techniques for fossil collecting in eastern North Carolina, how to identify fossils, and what fossils can tell us about the prehistoric world. Common fossils found include various species of shark teeth, whale bone, horse teeth, and mosasaur. Each participant will be able to keep their finds and will also receive a fossil ID chart. This trip allows for 6 hours of fossil hunting. There is a 15 person maximum for this trek.
$175.00

Tree Huggers - Take a walk in the great outdoors as we explore the world of trees. Participants will learn how to identify native and invasive species of trees by examining bark patterns, leafs, and fruit. Other topics discussed during the trek will include tree diseases, arboreal animals, and historical uses of various species. This trek has a maximum of 30 participants.
$150.00

Wet and Wild Fun – Dive in as we learn more about pond life. Participants will venture into a local creek and search for macroinvertebrates. The presence of certain species can reveal important information about water quality. This trek has a maximum of 15 participants.
$150.00

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