A new wing for older children and teens was recently opened at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The Nature Research Center, which focuses on research and conservation, is also launching a Teen Science Café program for the first time.
Made possible by a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, this free event will be held on a monthly basis throughout the school year. Topics, speakers and programs will be planned with help from the Teen Advisory Board. Similar cafes will be launched in Chapel Hill with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and at the Museum of Forestry in Whiteville.
The first session, which will be held this coming Friday, will focus on tree-top exploration and conservation. The presentation will be from ‘Canopy’ Meg Lowman, director of the Nature Research Center, where she will discuss Earth’s rainforest, scientific methods used in their research, as well as things teenagers can do to help protect them. The event will also include a visit to one of the new Investigate Labs, where participants will learn about tree-harming insects.