Earth Day Workshops – NC Museum of Natural Sciences

The following workshops will be offered during Planet Earth Celebration on April 20th. Pre-registration is required!! Anyone interested in signing up for a workshop should email for more information. Workshop details are below:


The Backyard Beekeeper

If you have ever dreamed of keeping honeybees or you simply find them fascinating, then this class is for you. We will explore the biology and management of a backyard hive and see an active honeybee hive. Additionally we’ll learn about an interesting, low-cost approach to keeping backyard bees and where to obtain honeybees, equipment and advice. Oh, and let’s not forget the honey! You will witness an easy, affordable way to harvest the honey from your bees. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Instructor: Bob Alderink, Natural World Lab Coordinator, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Time: 10am-11am

Cost $10


Backyard Composting:

Bins, Piles & Beyond! The Compost Doctor is In! Compost can help heal the soil, but you need the right prescription. Learn how to mix yard debris, food scraps and other organic wastes into a combination that’s good for your garden. Participants will leave with instructions for making healthy compost at home, plus a bag of finished compost to jump-start your home pile.

Instructor: Bianca Howard, Community Education Specialist, City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services Department

Time: 10-11:30am

Cost: $5


Native Plants

This workshop will provide the participant with ideas on how to incorporate native plants in urban yards, resources for native plants to use, and an opportunity to look at ways to incorporate native plants in your yard. Please come prepared to discuss some small plot in your yard that you are thinking about incorporating native plants, pay attention to the amount of sun the area gets, the type of soil, and the moisture content of the area.

Instructors: Tom Harville and Carolyn A. White, North Carolina Native Plant Society

Time: 10:30am-12pm

Cost: $5


Downtown Tree Trek

Did you know that the timing of tree leafing, flowering, and fruiting can tell us a lot about our changing climate? Scientists need YOUR help to document seasonal changes in trees, so don your citizen scientist cap as we visit several downtown trees to collect and submit vital scientific data. Ages 12 and up.

Instructor: Chris Goforth, Senior Manager of Citizen Science, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Time: 1pm-2pm

Cost: $5


Lost Ladybugs of Raleigh

Become a citizen science and join us for an outdoors ladybug hunt! Our native ladybugs may be at risk due to the import of non-native species in our country, so scientists need YOUR help to look for, photograph, and submit reports of ladybugs you see. We’ll visit several sites around the museum to document and report the biodiversity of downtown Raleigh’s ladybugs!

Instructor: Chris Goforth, Senior Manager of Citizen Science, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Cost: $5